My name is Lynda. I live in Orange County, CA. I am a photographer and social media brand manager. My business is called Eye Recap (www.EyeRecap.com).
You can find Lynda online as the “Plant-Based Fatkid here:
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I was a vegetarian for 16 years before deciding to go vegan. I was in the dark about the truths of the dairy industry. After watching some documentaries, I decided to go vegan.
How long have you been Vegan?
For almost 5 years now.
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Being vegan is important to me for many reasons. It was for health and environmental reasons at first and gradually it became for animal welfare.
Do you have a blog or favorite vegan blog you read?
I mainly use Instagram to share about my veganism..
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
I’m in the Power to the Veg group on Facebook. They’re very open and monitor closely for anyone who gets out of hand (negative). A lot of people from all over the world share new news on pretty much anything new in the vegan world.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
So many but if someone asks me what documentary I recommend, I usually almost always suggest “Cowspiracy” because I feel that they cover a lot of important topics without being preachy. For non-documentary, my new fave film is “Okja”, I highly recommend it! It’s on Netflix right now.
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
I actively promote by sharing the food I eat.
Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?
Not really, because there are so many options nowadays. There’s really no excuse not to eat plant-based foods.
What is your favorite Vegan stereotype? If someone asks you a question about it, how do you respond?
Favorite vegan stereotype? Not really sure how to answer that. If someone asks me about veganism, I just ask them what they specifically want to know. I don’t like to get in people’s face about it. If they want to know something specific then I would gladly answer the best I can.
Another odd thing I encounter sometimes is when a non-vegan tells me “I could never go vegan.” Just out of the blue. I don’t even ask them anything about it. It’s really weird how some people are inclined to tell me this when I don’t talk about it with them. LOL!
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
What is the one big stereotype you hear about Vegans that you want to dispel?
I guess one of the biggest things would be that some people think they can’t eat their ethnic food or share meals with their family and friends anymore. I know I felt like that in the beginning but during the transition, I learned that this wasn’t the case at all. I eat with family and friends without any difficulty or drama.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
If you need help, I’m here to answer any questions you have to the best of my abilities.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
I like Bare Naked Botanicals. I had a lot of issues with dry skin and tried many different companies until I was introduced to BNB. I’ve been using that line for almost 5 years now.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need? Toothpaste, Deo, glue, etc..
Hmm…I haven’t had any difficulty finding a vegan item. I’ve gone to Expo West for the last 3 years and there are so many different vegan-friendly products. It’s absolutely wonderful.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
In the beginning, it was eating with family and friends. Also, knowing what to eat. I got over it when I started my food Instagram though. I followed a lot of inspiring accounts and eventually met some of those people in person and are now close friends with them. Having a community helps so much. I was very introverted before I started my Instagram but now I’m an ambivert.
What is one question you would ask other Vegans?
Tough question because it’s so broad. Specifically, I would ask those vegans who are what I call “pitchfork vegans”, why they think being hard on people who aren’t vegan benefits the movement? For instance, would you yell at someone to convince him or her to make a decision? I believe that everyone has his or her own unique journey. Educating ourselves opens our minds so answering people’s questions is more effective than criticizing them.