Hi, I’m Jessica Sattelberger. I’m female, I’m over 18, I have celiac disease and I hate mayonnaise more than anything (veganaise as well). Just the idea of it creeps me out. It’s so gelatinous and gross. I live in Los Angeles, CA. I’m an actor/comedian/writer. My boyfriend, Adam Grimes (who is also a vegan) and I have a youtube channel called OBVS and I have a vegan blog called The Haute Vegan. Instagram @thehautevegan). Oh and I do a radio show with Dave Navarro called Dark Matter, Wednesday nights on DashRadio.com from 9pm-11pm PST.
I’m not sure there was an exact moment, but it was a slow progression. Adam had been a vegetarian when we started dating, and about a year into our relationship he went vegan. Being that we lived together, when we would make dinner we would cook vegan meals so that we could both enjoy them. He never told me I should go vegan or made me feel bad about the way I was living, but through our conversations and seeing his lifestyle choices I decided to give it a try. Once I had made the switch I began educating myself and watching documentaries, and that was when I knew I made the right choice and I would never go back.
How long have you been Vegan?
I think around 4 years 🙂
Why is being Vegan important to you?
I was so detached from where my food came from and how I related to it until I became vegan. Knowing what I know now, it’s so important to me because I believe that all animals deserve to live wonderful and happy lives. They shouldn’t be slaughtered for food or fashion or be tested on. I also want to do my part to help the environment. I know that I am leaving less of a carbon footprint by being vegan.
Do you have a blog or favorite vegan blog you read?
Any recommended Vegan books?
I believe all books are vegan, but books about veganism… Skinny Bitch, Thug Kitchen or Meat is for Pussies.
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
I love following Moby on social media. He has been a vegan forever and he does so much to give back. All of the profits from his restaurant go to help animal rescues. PETA is obviously a great resource. Vegan Beauty Review and Logical Harmony are both great for vegan makeup and products and Vaute is an all vegan fashion brand that I LOVE!
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Forks over Knives and Cowspiracy.
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
Almost everything I post on Instagram and my blog has to do with Veganism, whether it be fashion, food, products, etc.
Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?
No. Nowadays you can buy/make a vegan version of everything.
What is your favorite Vegan stereotype?
I’ve heard a lot, like we don’t get enough protein, we’re hippies, we talk about it non-stop, we go around scolding people on their food choices, we eat nothing but salads… And to that I say, not true on all accounts. Vegans are all walks of life. We get plenty of protein. All of the vegans I’ve ever met are the most kind, compassionate people. We’re not all super healthy. I like to drink alcohol and on occasion I will drink a Diet Coke (I know, I know…SUPER unhealthy but I like to mix it with whiskey). In this day and age you could go the rest of your life eating vegan and never touch a salad. And to all those people worried that you can’t get great fashion without leather, you are SORELY mistaken. I have fucking rad clothes that are all 100% vegan and because I don’t buy leather I spend much less money.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
What’s your favorite recipe?
To be 100% honest, I don’t cook that often. But when I do I almost always make recipes from Oh She Glows blog or cookbook. It’s all bomb.
What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?
That all we do is talk about being vegan. I don’t normally bring it up but it’s interesting because once someone finds out I’m vegan, all THEY want to do is tell me about what they eat and then they try to justify why they eat meat. It’s like, honestly I don’t care what you eat and I’m not going to make you feel better about your food choices.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
It’s actually quite easy after the first few weeks. You just have to find the foods that you like. It took me awhile to find a vegan cheese that I loved, but eventually I found Daiya jalapeño havarti and Kite Hill Dill Truffle Cheese and then I died and went to heaven. Also I would say prepare ahead of time. If you know you’re going out to eat or whatnot, make sure you hit a spot that has vegan options. Or if you go to a friend’s dinner party, inform the host that you’re vegan or bring your own food.
Are you a cruelty-Free vegan?
Yes. I try and make sure all of the products I use are cruelty-free.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
I love Kat Von D’s makeup line and Pacifica.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find?
I haven’t had a hard time finding anything because I live in Los Angeles and there are tons of places to shop AND I’m super savvy on the inter-web.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
Sometimes traveling abroad can be a bit challenging. When we took a trip to Iceland a few years ago, the options were bleak. Especially because I have to be gluten-free so I’m even more limited in what I can eat. But almost every place has french fries and we alway just hit up grocery stores. Rice Cakes are always my saving grace.
Isn’t being a vegan the best decision you ever made?