Tell us a little about yourself.
My names Christopher, I grew up and live in California. Music and Jesus Christ are my passion. I’ve been modeling for a couple years, in front and behind the camera. I work part-time at gastropub as well, Traveling is a huge part of my life and You can follow my journey on my IG which is @ChristopherLondonCardenas
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
I’ve been vegan for almost 3 years, vegetarian for 4 now (before it was popular) haha. My body and mind just kept rejecting dead things, literally. I got sick a couple times and needed a major change from the inside out. It was destined to happen really.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
I’m naturally good at cooking and have been since I can remember. So when you’re a cook, it’s like “ a little bit of this, a little bit of that”, some spices, then you add some love and it’s always soul food. So, switching to a food with no dairy or meat was actually easy. I found out I can MAKE ANYTHING YOU EAT and make it vegan. It was mind stimulating to create a whole new menu for my life on a completely different level.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into products? How are you educating your child/children on veganism and compassion?
Yes! It’s crazy, everything I was taught as a child was a lie. It wasn’t a bad thing, but it’s almost like a bubble, there’s a whole world out there where you can make decisions for yourself and the information is out there you just have to educate yourself.
What does being vegan mean to you?
Being vegan is almost like being gay. They are ALL DIFFERENT, but at the core, we still believe in love; and abstaining from eating animals. I started with just food, not eating dairy or meat, then after time It made no sense to use ANY products that weren’t cruelty-free, then after that became my new normal, I realized how much I really do care about animals. I know how it feels to not have a voice and not be heard, so compassion is very deep for me. Animals work and speak through energy and body language which is something that I’ve always been in tune with so it comes naturally as well. No animal should have to suffer.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist? What form of activism do you take part in?
My biggest thing is to let people just be themselves, but a better version. Educating them on why the future is vegan and how it can change your life. I don’t push it on people, I try and live by example and show them the differences it makes.
Any recommended vegan books, social sites, or blogs?
I follow a vegan/alkaline lifestyle. I do whatever I want really, just vegan.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
ONE of my favorite movies is The Land Before Time, for so many reasons. If you remember, the largest, strongest Dinosaur is the long neck, which was a plant eater. It was a defining moment for me, I always remembered them eating the trees. They can be strong without eating “meat”.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
My kitchen DUH
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
THATS hard. But I can make anything really. Just ask
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Welcome to the future, your ahead of the game.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
It’s getting there. The vegan “section” at the grocery store aside from all the fresh veggies is getting bigger and I find these “sections” at even the smallest chains.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
This is a great question.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Exactly that. I don’t have to harm any living animal to live my life fully.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Great question. I can get back to y’all on the that.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
Training India earlier this year. They are naturally vegetarian so they still have a lot of dairy or “ghee” which is butter in their meals and the Language barrier is hard at times. So I just have to be prepared before I travel. Every city, Every country and Every home is different.