My name is Anna Sallas. I’m a 29 year old vegan located in San Jose, California. I am a full time massage therapist and esthetician and absolutely love what I do. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending my time outdoors since I am blessed to live in an area full of amazing trails to hike. I also enjoy volunteering at local sanctuaries and promoting veganism on my facebook and instagram accounts. I also love wearing vegan clothing most places I go so I can always be a walking billboard. Not Meant For Meat is a newer clothing company that I’m involved with. You can use the code “veganlove” for 10% off.
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I was vegetarian for many years and never thought I was still contributing to animal abuse. I saw a video on the treatment of dairy cows which instantly broke my heart. I then did research and realized I needed to transition to a vegan lifestyle.
How long have you been Vegan?
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Being vegan is important for me because of my love for animals. I am their voice and will never give up on spreading the vegan message.
Any recommended Vegan books?
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer & Eating in the Light by Doreen Virtue
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
Instagram: @mercyforanimals, @vegancommunity, @jamesaspey
Youtube: Earthling Ed
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Check Youtube for “Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” by Gary Yourofsky
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
Yes, I recently started participating in marches for the animals. Doing so has really inspired me to do more. I would love to have a sanctuary someday or be part of rescuing animals.
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it?
Not getting enough nutrients and being weak is one I hear the most. I always educate them while giving them examples for the vegan community. I usually recommend Nimai Delgado & Torre Washington.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Happy Hooligans in San Jose, California. The best vegan comfort food and amazing service. Their Red Rooster Burger is my favorite item on the menu.
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Don’t give up and always think about the beautiful animal lives you are saving. No meal is worth harming an animal and it only gets easier over time. Visiting a sanctuary is also helpful to make the connection to farm animals and is the best motivation for transitioning.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Vegan everything. Nothing I put in my mouth, on my body or buy will ever come from an animal or be tested on one. It is a lifestyle!
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
I love Herbivore Clothing. They have an adorable shop in Portland with all sorts of amazing vegan clothing and accessories. They also are available online. https://www.herbivoreclothing.com/
I also like to use Etsy to find cute vegan jewelry while supporting smaller vendors.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Honestly, I live in a very vegan-friendly area and don’t have any trouble finding anything.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
Currently, I am surrounded by vegan junk food so being healthy is sometimes a struggle for me. I would say that’s a good problem to have though LOL.
What is one question you would ask other Vegans? Please answer it.
What are some of your favorite places to eat on vacation? I always ask this question because I love vegan food and will travel anywhere for it. For me, Homegrown Smokers in Portland, Oregon and Vegenation in Las Vegas, Nevada both stood out to me on recent trips. Chicken Gnocchi Pot Pie from Vegenation in the picture below.