Being Vegan, Vegan Being – Angielynn: You only need one domino to cause a domino effect!

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Hi! My name is Angela Lynn, but most people know me as Angielynn, although those closest to me just call me Angie. I am currently a textiles and fashion design student, born and raised in Madrid by an American mom and a Spanish dad. Because neither of them were born in Madrid, the concept of traveling the world at a young age has prevailed in my education. I am now continuing their legacy by moving to Brussels for a year to learn all about Belgian fashion and polishing my French a little bit!
I post vlogs about my life as a vegan artist on my Youtube channel, Angela Lynn. I am also obsessed with photography and am hanging out on my Instagram @xoxoangielynn all the time.

What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?

My sixteenth summer on Earth, I’d just returned from a turbulent mental health-wise trip from my second hometown, Sacramento, CA. It was also a transitional time at my home, since my parents had just gotten divorced, and my dad wasn’t there to take notice of what I ate. He was, after all, the only one that protested when I attempted becoming vegetarian at eleven and later on, at fourteen. I had also been struggling with a non-diagnosed eating disorder that year, and just gotten out of an abusive relationship, to top it off. So it was safe to say that I had hit rock bottom. And as we all know, once you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up. So one day I was like, hey, I’ve been wanting to try this for a very long time. So I did it. I went vegan in a day and trust me, I have not gone back nor do I plan to. EVER!

How long have you been Vegan?

This has been my third year since going vegan!

Why is being Vegan important to you?

Because it is the right thing to do- simple as that. When people talk about the most unreasonable and barbaric event ever held in the history of humankind, like the Holocaust, for example, most aren’t aware that the terrible systematic and methodic things they did are completely based on our treatment towards animals. They are put in tiny spaces where they can barely breathe, taken away from their families, scared and starved to death. I think lots of people aren’t aware that anything humans have been through, animals have been through far worse, as awful as that sounds. I also consider that if you’re against any form of slavery, you should be against animal agriculture.

Do you have a blog or favorite vegan blog you read?

I love posting vegan things on my own blog, xoxoangielynn.blogspot.com, so check it out! I especially rely on Youtube. Bite Sized Vegan is my favorite vegan vlogger. She puts the knowledge out there in a fun, very efficient way. An activist in her own right. Also, you HAVE to follow Vegan Sidekick. His comic strips are genius and have helped thousands to make the choice through his clever, outspoken sense of humor.

Any recommended Vegan books?

I haven’t really read any books on veganism per se, apart from Skinny Bitch, which is an utter work of vegan evil genius, but I have read The Starch Solution, which is all about vegan nutrition, and boy I wish I had found this book at the beginning of my journey.

Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?

Instagram is a wonderful way to connect to other vegans 100%. Just browse through the #vegan hashtag and you will find tons of vegans willing to have a chit chat with anybody in need of advice.

Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.

I like to promote veganism through my social media in a polite, non-aggressive way. It’s just what works best for me. For example, last May there was a huge vegan art exhibit right where I live, in which hundreds of Spanish artists were exposing their art projects for animal rights. I was invited to the opening party with my partner- who also made the decision a few months after we started going out- and it was one of the best vegan experiences. We took a lot of pictures and, of course, promoted it all over social media. I was not really expecting any of my followers to take much interest, since back then I wasn’t as outspoken about it as I am now, but sure enough, a handful of people approached me and asked me for more info on the exhibit to try to go and see it! That was very rewarding. A few of my friends have gone vegan once they understood what it really meant, and most of my family is, if not 100% vegan, ovo vegetarian. It’s funny because one of the things they tell you is, ‘one person can’t change the world’. But they don’t realize you only need one Domino to cause a Domino effect.

Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?

I used to miss fish now and then, but later I found out that tuna- flavored tofu exists and I really don’t miss any of it anymore.
I think having quite a few vegan restaurants in my city has also played a part in this. That way I can go out once in a while, grab a vegan burger with my friends and enjoy good food. I never feel like I’m missing out on anything.

What is your favorite Vegan meme?

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What is your favorite Vegan stereotype? If someone asks you a question about it, how do you respond?

Oh my gosh, there are just so many… But the one that gets me the most is the idea that the majority of people have of vegans as people that have to be very concerned about what they eat, nutrients, protein, fats, etc, as if we have to be extra careful, even more than a meat eater. I usually just let them know that nobody has ever died from lack of protein, because our bodies create it on their own, and let them know I mostly eat carbs, such as potatoes, rice, fruit and veggies now and then. And vegan junk food, because it is love. Being vegan doesn’t mean being a health nut. Once you get your basic nutritional knowledge on what plan you’re going to more or less follow (in my case high carb), you can learn to understand your body and know when you can be relaxed (a slob) and still stay healthy.

What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?

My favorite vegan restaurants in Madrid: ‘B13’, which is the best cheap vegan fast food restaurant in the whole city. ‘Shi-Shiang’, which is a 95% vegan Chinese buffet (one of the dessert options is non-vegan yogurt), which features dishes that will make you question if what you’re eating is really tofu or in fact an actual animal. And if you want a fancy gourmet not necessarily cheap experience, you must go to ‘VivaBurger‘, which is a beautiful little vegan burger place. (Also in the U.S.)

What’s your favorite recipe?

Vegan mac n’ cheese!
What you’ll need:

• Potatoes
• Nutritional yeast
• Oregano
• Apple cider vinegar
• Macaroni

Cook your potatoes. Put like, two in the blender. Add a lot of nutritional yeast, like a handful or more. A sprinkle of oregano and a drizzle of vinegar, to add that slight bitterness cheese has. Blend, and add a little water to make a smooth, creamy consistency. Cook your macaroni, then serve with the creamy potato mix. Add salt to taste, if you’re into that. Voilá!

What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?

That we don’t ever eat any fun stuff/ don’t have anything to eat! Just look up anywhere on Pinterest, for example! We eat a shit ton of fun stuff.

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

You are on the right track! You are going to feel so good about yourself, thanks to your moral decision and also the health benefits you are going to receive! Good job and believe in yourself!

Are you a cruelty-free vegan?

Is it even possible to be vegan and not cruelty-free?

What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?

Vegetarian Shoes, Stella McCartney, Gunas handbags.

What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need? Toothpaste, Deo, glue, etc..

I struggled with finding a down-free, wool-free winter coat this last January and had to settle for a faux-fur one. I love it, but I wish I had had more options.

What is one question you would ask other Vegans? Please answer it.

‘Wanna be friends?’ Is the first thing that comes to mind haha. I love you, vegans and animals of the world!

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