Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and have for the past 16 years. My dream is to move to California one day though! During the day I work for 3M and I am the Doc Admin and Procurement Specialist. My true passions lie in health and fitness and I would like to dive into that sooner than later. You can find me on Instagram here: @angelica_agents
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
I went vegan in October 2016 after reconnecting with an old friend. I noticed how amazing he looked and also how much he had changed and wanted to know more. I attended the local Veg Fest with my mother and I ended up going vegan that day after many discussions with others at Veg Fest. I also watched the virtual reality video and that did it for me seeing what happens to the animals due to factory farming.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
I went home and threw all my food out – literally. Extreme yes and not for everyone I know! I slowly phased the clothing out and got cruelty free clothing. It took some time to find winter gear warm enough for Minnesota. My beauty items took a bit longer as well but after doing much research I am now using 100% vegan beauty products.
What does being vegan mean to you?
Vegan to me is not just a way of eating but it is my lifestyle. It is the way I conduct myself each day to do the least amount of harm as possible to animals. Veganism has taught me to have compassion not only for living beings but also myself and those around me.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist? What form of activism do you take part in?
Activism can come in many forms. You do not have to attend protests, marches or participate in Cube of Truths to display activism. I do not participate in those forms of activism but I do regularly volunteer at farm sanctuaries, local events and also wear many brands of vegan clothing lines. In my opinion that’s a phenomenal form of activism and a great conversation starter.
Any recommended vegan books, social sites, or blogs?
When I went vegan I really enjoyed chooseveg.com There is so much amazing information on there for new vegans.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
I love simple bowls – rice, tempeh marinated in amino acids, mushrooms, broccoli
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Do not be hard on yourself. Nobody is a “perfect” vegan. Take your time to do your research. Do not get sucked into the naysayers. Remember why you are doing this!
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
It is growing exponentially. We have 3 new vegan spots opening just in these next few weeks. We have many vegan food trucks now as well and options at restaurants are growing like crazy. It is a great time to be vegan in the Twin Cities!
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Facebook really helped me initially. I found groups on there that are from my local area. That led me to organizations with meet ups, dinners, volunteer opportunities, etc. Once you start connecting with others who live their lives the way you do it’s an amazing feeling.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Living cruelty free to me means doing the least amount of harm to the animals on this planet.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Pacifica is my favorite beauty line hands down. I love their products and what they stand for.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
It took me a very long time to find a good deodorant! Luckily I finally found one I like and Toms makes it.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
I missed fish in the beginning since I used to eat a lot of it. I used to get horrible cravings for it and thought many times of just going out for sushi. I really thought about it and I knew that they way I am living my life and what I stand for is far stonger than any craving.