What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
I have been vegetarian all of my life, but vegan only 5 years. I saw a video PETA posted about the egg industry and started doing more research. I went vegan that day and never looked back.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
I went 100% in with the vegan diet, slowly after I started selling all my leather bags and shoes. I already used mostly cruelty-free and vegan products but I made sure every last thing was vegan.
Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism? For example, how strict are you with your children’s veganism at school or at family gatherings?
I don’t think there is “strict vegan” or not. People ask me that all the time. If you are vegan, you are vegan. I would never consume or purchase anything made of animals and if I had children I would teach them right from wrong so they knew not to as well.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
Yes, 100% children should know what meat really is and how it gets to their plate so they can choose not to consume it.
What does being vegan mean to you? For example, does it extend to not killing bugs and bees? Does it include not patronizing vegan companies owned by non-vegan parent companies? Does it affect the way you treat other humans?
I don’t kill bugs, if I find them in my home I gently remove them. Unless they can harm me or my animals I try my best to leave every living thing alone. I have killed a few misquotes while they were biting me though lol. I would never kill a bee!! We need them to survive and they are brilliant creatures. I think the more vegan companies the better no matter who owns them. It affects the way I view other people yes. If someone knows the tremendous amount of pain and torture that goes into dairy, eggs, and meat but they still consume it, it upsets me greatly. But for those that don’t know, I just try my best to educate.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
I think it is everyone’s duty to spread knowledge once they have it. If you are vegan and educated on the topic I think it is your duty to help educate others.
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
I think everyone should watch “What the Health” “Cowspiracy” “Earthlings” “Chasing Coral” “Forks over knives.”
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
I have SO many. I really love Crossroads in LA
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Check out my site, I have lots! www.JaydeNicole.com
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
It gets easier and it will be the best thing you have ever done.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
I live in LA, it is amazing here. So many vegan restaurants and companies. It’s great.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Instagram lol and Google. Lots of people put on vegan get-togethers and tastings.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?
It means that living your life shouldn’t kill, torture or injure an animal, especially needlessly. I am not a huge fan of humans, as a species, we are horrifying creatures.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Good vegan butter that doesn’t contain Palm oil. Miyokos has a great one and its starting to be available in more places. (Editor’s note, you can get Miyoko’s butter at Trader Joe’s.)
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
At parties when I am starving and they have candy, brownies, chocolate bars and cupcakes lol. I remember that even if it was vegan I shouldn’t be eating stuff like that and I thank veganism for keeping me from eating junk. lol