I am so giddy about this post today. Though I have never met the featured Vegan for this week, I think if she and I lived in the same town we would be fast friends. Wendy is hilarious, her humour comes through very well in type and she had me rolling on the floor when I read her responses. It is refreshing to see silly answers to some very serious questions, as we Vegans can take ourselves a little too seriously sometimes. So sit back and get ready to giggle.
Name: Wendy (veganwendy)
Age: 31 (32 on 8/5.. ugh)
Location: Tonawanda, NY
Website: um... I'm "veganwendy" on everything. Twitter, flickr, tumblr. You can easily stalk the hell out of me.
How long have you been Vegan? um.. Vegetarian since about 15, then vegan for a year in 1999-2000, then vegan again in 2003 until present day. I don't like math. ;)
What made you decide to go Vegan? After being vegetarian for a while, I started to question why I didn't eat chickens, yet still ate their eggs. Eventually I learned more about dairy farms and came to the realization that if I didn't want to support the meat industry, I'd have to say "peace out" to the dairy industry as well.
How do you feel health wise with this diet choice? Not too shabby. I definitely have a healthier diet than anyone else in my family. I weigh a lot less than them too. ha.
Are you open about your Veganism? Hells to the yes. My first tattoo was the word "vegan" on my wrist, I have vegan stickers on my car, I have 2 vegan hoodies, etc. It's definitely a big part of who I am.
If so, are you involved in any activism i.e. protests, leafleting etc… Sadly, aside from plastering myself and my car with the vegan-osity, no. I'm super introverted & a total homebody. :o/
What do your family, friends, co-workers think about your diet? They really don't understand why I feel so strongly about it, but they've learned to accept that I'm not going to change. I think it's pretty ironic when someone refers to my Thanksgiving Tofurky as "gross", while they sit at the dinner table hacking away at a dead animal.
What advice would you give those interested in becoming Vegan? Just Do It. (hrmm.. will I get sued for that?)
Would you eat at Mc Donald’s if they carried a Vegan burger? Heck nah. I was just talking to my fiancé the other day about how we're never going to take our kids to McDonald's. Happy Meals are an evil starting off point for young people to get hooked on greasy, chemical-laden food. Not to mention all the factory farms they utilize. Eff. That.
Do you have a Vegan celebrity that you find particularly dashing? hmmm.. Well that Bob Harper guy from the Biggest Loser just announced his veganism. He's rather dashing. Oh - in the 10th Anniversary Edition of VegNews, there was a super cute guy featured - I don't know his name off-hand, but he partly credited Propagandhi for his veganism. (his name is Dustin Coury)
Do you have a favorite Vegan blog or website that you follow? Not really. I have subscriptions to VegNews & Vegetarian Times, but I don't have a go-to site that I frequent. But for recipes, I usually go to vegweb.com.
What is your least favorite question that you are asked about your diet? The standard simple-minded ones. "Where do you get your protein?" "Do you miss meat?" "So you just eat salads & stuff, right?"
What is your favorite dish? I love me some chili. mmmm... beans.
What do you typically eat at Thanksgiving? Tofurky feeeeast! I buy the big "kit" with the roast, dumplings & gravy. Then I usually cut up a mixture of sweet potatoes, russets & carrots to bake with the roast. And some sort of pie. Usually chocolate. That no one else will eat cos it's scary and vegan. Psssh. More for me then, bitcheeez.
If I could make you any flavor cupcake in the world what would it be? ooohh.. chocolate hazelnut. with rainbow sprinkles. :-D
Please share your favorite Vegan recipe.
This one ----> http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12657.0 The best vegan chocolate chip cookies EVER. Even my "eww it's vegan?" family loves them.
You may have noticed there were two new questions on this week's Ask A Vegan one of them provided by Keith Ask A Vegan #4. Thanks Keith! And thanks to Wendy for being a friggen' awesome Vegan!