Hi! I’m Kaitlyn, 25 years old living in Charleston, West Virginia. I work in banking and am also currently in graduate school pursuing a degree in the Humanities. You can find me on Instagram: @k8canrelate or you can visit my blog k8canrelate.squarespace.com
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
So I was vegetarian from the time I was 13 and maintained that lifestyle until I started to get really fit and active. I started reading and seeing more about whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and knew I was at a place in my life that it was time to make the shift to fully vegan.
How long have you been Vegan?
Since May of 2016
Why is being Vegan important to you?
For the animals, firstly. That’s why I went vegetarian all those years ago. I just want to leave the world more beautiful than when I entered. For my own health, as well.
Any recommended Vegan books?
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
My preference is Instagram but YouTube is such a great resource! I learned and am still learning so much on both platforms.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Cowspiracy is a favorite, really anything that they have up on Netflix is worth a watch!
Do you actively promote veganism? How?
I don’t know that I actively promote, I mean I do, but I try to do it in a subtle way through sharing recipes and my own health and fitness progress. I get a lot of interest that way and for me and my personality type, I prefer to educate people in this way and so far it has worked well.
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it?
Oh man, you aren’t vegan until you have been bombarded with the stereotypes right?
I guess the one that I get the most is, “so what do you eat? Lettuce?” And I just direct them to my blog or my Instagram and show that I do love salad but I eat all the time and it is rarely salad. The Earth provides a wealth of options and I think it’s sad that a lot of people don’t realize that because of their current dietary choices.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Sadly, I live in an area that is not vegan-friendly in the least, we definitely do not have vegan restaurants here. BUT I do love to go to Asheville, NC at every opportunity. I think my favorite would be Bean or Rosetta’s! Hard choice for sure. If anyone wants to get me out to Portland that would be great, I think my head would explode at all of the options!
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
This has definitely been my favorite recipe lately, I love the Minimalist Baker blog! Lentil Eggplant Lasagna
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
You don’t have to be perfect. Go at your own pace and figure things out for you.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Creating good karma, treating all beings with equal love and respect, being aware and conscious of what I am putting into and on my body.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
I really love Z Natural Life for deodorant – it has been my go to for a few months now!
Dr. Bronner’s is a good one as well for lots of household items!
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Around here it is impossible to find a lot of things, thank God for the internet!
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
It is not easy to be vegan in the area where I live. People are generally pretty closed-minded about it and resources are just not there at all. These are just excuses though and I am finally comfortable enough that it’s fine. I know I can move away eventually and be surrounded by like-minded individuals and until then, the internet is a great place to speak with and ask questions to fellow vegans.
Do you take supplements?
And no, I don’t. I make sure to get my blood taken once per year and adjust my diet accordingly. I eat a Brazil nut daily as well as things like nutritional yeast and blackstrap molasses.