FamousVeggie.com's Celebrity Interview with
|1. What type of vegetarian are you?(vegan,lacto,lacto ovo,etc.)
2.At what age did you make the decision to go vegetarian?
| I was thirteen when I first made the connection between the meat on my
plate being the body of a dead animal. I quit eating mammals and called
myself "vegetarian"...(but I wasn't really as I still ate birds and fish)
My diet followed a gradual evolution as I learned more and thought more
carefully about the impact that my choices have upon others. By 29 I was
|3. What was your reason for going vegetarian?|
|Initially it was because I didn't want to kill beings that I could relate
to. Over the years my reasons multiplied and sometimes changed. For
awhile, while studying microbiology in college my views even embraced a
"survival of the fittest" attitude -- but still I continued to be
vegetarian because by then, I had seen how much healthier I was being a
veggie, plus after years of
not eating meat it grossed it me out. Eventually I came full circle and
embraced veganism because I didn't want to cause any suffering, because I
felt it was healthier and because I felt it was better for the planet as a
|4.What (if anything) do you find hard about being vegetarian?
|So much of our culture centers around food based celebrations.
Participating in these is offensive to me, and yet I still want the sense
of community. So I tend to host most major holidays and events at my home.
All my friends and family know that we keep a vegan home, and not to bring
any non-vegan food. Invariably I do almost all the food prep. It's
starting to wear me out -- especially now that I have two small children.
I wish there were more vegan families around for a sense of community,
without me having to put out so much effort all the time.
5. Do you find that you feel better or worse since going vegetarian?|
Absolutely better -- physically, and emotionally!|
|6.What about animal rights do you have any thoughts on that?|
|I think animal rights, human rights, women's rights, gay rights, are all
basically saying the same thing -- that consideration for the suffering of
others should not be denied upon that other being a member of some
disempowered group. While in theory I support animal rights, I seldom get
involved with animal rights activities. I feel that influencing people to
quit eating animal products does far more to reduce suffering then working on
all the other animal rights issues. As long as we (as a culture) are not shocked at
the idea of killing another being purely on the basis of appetite -- we
will never convince people to see animals as anything other then property
or useful "things."
|7.Are your husband and two daughters
|Yes, my children have been vegan since conception.
8.So you live in Kansas. Is that a vegetarian friendly state?|
It is on our fifteen acres!
9.Tell the readers about your book Compassionate Souls..
I wrote Compassionate Souls after years of research and soul searching
figure out how I would raise my children to have the best odds of a long
healthy, good life, while becoming good citizens who would be good
stewards of the planet.
While I found many wonderful ideas and good sources
of information not readily available through the mainstream media and
establishment, I had to search out these things from many different places.
And I kept finding many parents also seeking "alterna" information who
hadn't even considered some of the many arena's that
they might look into.
For instance while attachment parenting is growing
in popularity, many of the families who consider themselves AP really
aren't aware of how unhealthy their chosen diets are, and how the foods
that they are feeding their children might be predisposing them to serious
health problems. Or parents might be aware of the debate over vaccines,
and looking into that, but not have given any thought
to be exposed to sonograms, over the counter medicines, and molecules of
plastic from food and beverage containers while pregnant.
I wanted to put all of my information on vegan pregnancy,
conscious birth, attachment parenting, discipline, creating a peaceful
home, vaccinations, dealing with the extended family, the importance of
community, toys, and teaching your children to swim against the tide in one
place....with additional references available for a more in depth look at
any of these topics. My website Compassionate Souls.com has
additional information for those who are interested.
|10.Do you have any new projects coming up in the future?
|My parents fiftieth anniversary bash is at my house (vegan of course)
That is about all I can think of right now!
|11.What are some of your favorite things to eat?
|I love fresh ripe fruit of all types in the prime of its season,
Tofu "icecream" Tossed salads with some really yummy vegan dressings. I
make awesome seitan crepes with a creamy white wine sauce, My husband's
potato latkes are terrific too. Let's see......... I love black been
burritos, stuffed mushrooms, Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza, My remake of
Lox, Bagel and
Cream cheese (it's in my book) Shepherd's pie, Vegetable lentil soup,
scalloped potatoes, Blueberry Tofu Cheesecake.....
|12.What do you think is the biggest
mistake parents make these days?|
|Blindly thinking that following the path laid out by mainstream
institutions (medical specialists, schools, media, etc etc) will help them
to raise healthy, well-adjusted compassionate children. I saw it quoted
somewhere recently something like, "learning to adapt to a sick society is
not a sign of health" If parents want what is best for their children,
they will have to begin an earnest search to discover what lifestyle
choices are most consistent with our fundamental biological and spiritual
needs. And they will have to be willing to question some our cultures
"unquestionable assumptions" Then they must be prepared to be challenged
condemned for not doing things just like everyone else.
|13.Have any last thoughts or words of
|When Dr Benjamin Spock first proposed an approach to parenting, that
relative to that time period was far more compassionate then the norm, it
set the stage for a whole revolution when those young people grew up, more
thoughtful, more questioning, and willing to stand up for principles that
they believed in. Although the 60's are long gone, the strides that we
made then in terms of civil rights, and women's rights and environmental
activism, have become part of the tapestry of our culture. Right now, all
over this country a new ideological revolution is fomenting. It is
starting with a philosophy called attachment parenting -- popularized by
another pediatrician -- Dr William Sears. Compared to many of the parenting
practices that are now the norm, attachment parenting is far more
compassionate. When a critical mass of children raised AP grow up, they
will face the greatest challenges in terms of worldwide environmental and
population pressures that humans have ever encountered. I believe that
these AP children will be the leaders in a new ideological revolution. But
instead of this one being fueled by civil rights, I believe this next one
will be about animal rights, and humans will once again extend their circle
of compassion even farther.