Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Priscilla, I am @PriscillaTheCreator on Instagram. I chose that name because I believe we can create our reality. I live in beautiful San Diego and work at a middle school as the Assistant Principal’s secretary.
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
I went vegan 3 years ago because I kept getting bronchitis and was tired of being sick for over 6 months. As I did my research, I realized that eliminating dairy could help with bronchitis, as well as acne, eczema, and other small issues I had. Over time, I looked up vegan recipes online and would come across the horrors of animal agriculture, as well as the dairy and egg industry. I then became vegan for the animals, my health, and the environment.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
For the most part, I threw away my non-vegan food rather slowly since I was at first only vegan for my health and did not make the connection with the animals and the environment. Once I did, I completely got rid of all nonvegan food and started purchasing beauty products that were not tested on animals. Buying new beauty products was a little slow since it can be expensive to re purchase every single item I owned. I definitely made sure to check every label from then on. I never really owned any clothing that was not vegan, but I started to pay a lot more attention to where and how my clothing was made, and with what materials.
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?
At first, I was the only one to be vegan, but after watching so many documentaries I realized that I wanted my family to be just as healthy and not partake in the torture/murder of animals. I showed my husband documentaries that opened his eyes and heart up to the animals. He slowly became vegan after me, and so did my daughter. When we take her to social outings we tell her ahead of time that the cakes/sweets are likely not vegan and tell her we will have some kind of dessert at home afterward and she totally understands and gets excited to have a “personalized” treat.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
I think it depends on their age. I wouldn’t show my daughter anything violent, but she is 5 years old. I do explain the process in simple, straightforward terms and that is enough for her to understand being vegan means being against violence and animal exploitation.
What does being vegan mean to you?
For me being vegan means extending love and compassion to ALL living beings. I definitely think it has changed how I treat other humans. At first, I felt a lot of anger towards people against veganism and I realized that I too was a non-vegan at one point. I try my best to be patient, yet honest and straightforward with everyone. As far as non-vegan parent companies, I personally try not to purchase those, and instead opt for smaller brands, but I also realize having these larger parent companies help to get vegan items out there to a larger amount of people, which can benefit those that do not have access or the funds to buy from local and smaller brands.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
I think it is, but to me, activism doesn’t always mean going out and protesting or leafleting. It can be as simple as posting some delicious food on Instagram or wearing a T-Shirt that might start up a conversation with a stranger.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I try to be very compassionate towards non-vegans and think of them as future vegans (:
Any recommended Vegan books?
Ruby Roth has amazing children’s books! I highly recommend them for parents who don’t know how to explain that being vegan is different from most other children, especially at school.
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Minimalist Baker’s confetti cupcakes are great and would amaze any non-vegan! I make them for my daughter’s classes all the time!
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Always do your best! As long as you are doing your best, you can be happy with your efforts.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
It is becoming huge! I am so happy and proud of the expanding vegan food and people in San Diego.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Definitely connect with other vegans on social media and check different vegan hashtags to discover other cool pages.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?
Yes, always treat everyone with compassion and empathy, no matter the species.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
David’s toothpaste, Acure Organics, Dr. Bronner’s, and Crazies and Weirdos clothing line.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
At first, it was tough during social outings because our family would be the only one not eating and naturally people would ask why, and then it would open the flood gates for questions/comments about veganism. It wasn’t always positive, so that was tough but now we try to be friendly and show them that anyone can be vegan!