What’s the BEST Vegan Diet, My Story & More | Q&A

What’s the BEST Vegan Diet, My Story & More | Q&A


How and when did I go vegan? What exactly
do I eat? Just how fucking old am I? What are my thought on “Raw Till 4”? That and
more in today’s Q&A Today I’m going to be hitting some of the
basics. If you don’t hear your question today, don’t fret. There’s going to be
a lot more Q&A videos. And some of your questions might require their own video. For instance,
I had a lot of requests about my tattoos so I did a tattoo tour video on Monday. I also
had a lot of B12 questions so Wednesday was all about b12. If you missed either of those,
there’s links to them in the description below. By the way, if you hear weird noises in the
background, Ooby’s going after one of her toys, and doing it in the way that she does
everything. Very loudly. So let’s get started! The most-asked question
by far was how and why and when I went vegan. Well honestly, I can’t give you an exact
date. My mother tells me when I was four years old I started to refuse to eat meat. I don’t
consciously remember this myself. But as I grew up and learned where dairy and eggs actually
come from, I stopped eating those as well. You see when other kids my age were going
door-to-door selling girl scout cookies, I was the weird kid going door-to-door to educate
about the plight of mountain gorillas in Africa, and raising money for the Dian Fossey Foundation.
I found that when you’re, like, three feet tall, people don’t really take you seriously. But I was definitely not raised in a vegan
household, which addresses Eric Jones’ question, “is anyone else from your family vegan?”
Sadly, no. Both Ilovesvetlana101 and Niko F asked “What
did you do with non-vegan items you had from before you went vegan? Like leather belts,
wool sweaters, non-vegan shampoos, etc. Did you use them up or wear them out, or give
them away, or throw them away?” When I originally went vegan in my youth I
don’t think a lot of those things were actually on my radar. But when I became aware of them,
my personal choice was to throw away whatever items were animal-derived. But that’s not
a vegan dictate that you have to do. If your choice is to have no shoes in winter or wear
a pair of leather boots that you bought ten years ago before you were vegan, wear the
damn boots. Several of you, including Jac Vegan, The Veggie
Nut, and Eric Jones asked how old am I? Well if you guys are running a betting pool, get
ready. I am, as of April…30 years old. But I still don’t know how to dress like an
adult. Melissa Boisvenue asked, “What’s your best
response to the classic ‘Animals were put on earth for us to eat’ remark by meat-eaters?”
There’s actually a really kick-ass quote from Alice Walker that addresses this very
question. She says, “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were
not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for
men.” Although the argument that animals were put here for us to eat, presupposes the
existence of a god or creator. And if you don’t personally hold that belief and are
talking to someone who does, the conversation might not be that productive. The Veggie Nut asks, “Do you have a vegan
idol/hero/favorite? I totally love Gary Yourofsky. Was wondering if you have a fave?” I do.
And it’s actually the same person. I was already vegan the first time I saw Gary’s
talk. But his activism, and its effectiveness, inspired and drove me to try to make even
a fraction of the difference that he has in the world. Which, by the way, answers Chemese
Armstrong’s question, “What made you start making videos?” If you haven’t already,
please watch Gary’s talk. Both Alice Klein and krisgiovanetti asked
if I actually know Gary personally and if I’ve met him. And yes I do and I have. In
fact, one of the times I was volunteering at SASHA Farm animal sanctuary, Gary and his
wife came out. And with Monte, the co-founder, we helped rescue these two beautiful boys:
Bhima and Dharma. While I’m on the topic of SASHA Farm animal
sanctuary, krisgiovanetti also asked “your necklace looks really cool- what is it?”
This necklace was made by Christine Wagner, who works at SASHA Farm animal sanctuary.
She’s an incredible woman who does so much for the animals there. Her website is designspecimen.com,
where you can get your own hand made jewelry with a message. So definitely head over and
check out her stuff! My necklace says “vegans: a voice for the voiceless.” And it’s a
little worn, because I wear it every day. Cepharma asked, “What is your specific ‘regiment’?
High carb low fat? Raw till 4?” The way I eat would most likely be categorized, I
guess, as a high carb low fat raw vegan diet. Now that’s not to say I don’t get a wild
hair up my ass every once and a while and steam some vegetables or a potato. Crazycatlady1313 asks, “I am a raw till
4 vegan. What are your views on it?” Well first off, I support any diet that’s vegan.
And the way of eating vegan that I support the most, and that I think is the perfect
way to eat vegan, is whatever way of eating you can sustain and will keep you vegan. I
don’t think there’s one right way to do vegan. I really enjoy eating a raw diet, but
it’s not for everyone. Whereas eating vegan IS for everyone. I think the Raw Till 4 diet is a great blend
of the benefits of being a raw vegan, and a way of eating that’s sustainable and realistic
for most people. Being vegan should not be a chore. It should not be something you have
to “suffer through.” You shouldn’t feel deprived or unsatisfied. Being vegan should
be delicious and full of variety. So whatever way of eating vegan that fulfills you, and
that is something you feel you can continue for the rest of your life, THAT is the perfect
way of eating vegan. If you’re coming from a pure health standpoint, then yes, certain
ways of eating are going to be better than others. But as far as I, and, I’m sure,
the animals are concerned, even if you sit on the couch all day with one hand down your
pants and the other hand shoving sweet-chili Doritos into your gaping mouth, as long as
you’re not consuming animal products, it’s A-Okay with me, and them! If you have any
other questions you’d like answered in a future video, leave them in the comments below.
I’ll see you soon!