This week’s Meet a Vegan feature is Quessie, personal chef, and owner of the blog qbcookin.com, where she shares recipes, lifestyle tips and personal chef services for plant-based eaters. We sat down with her and asked her a few questions about her journey as a vegan.
Name (or Nickname): Quessie/ Q
What makes you unique?
I’ve always been a bit unorthodox and untraditional. I question everything, and I’m a seeker of truth, wherever I can find it, whatever subject it entails! I like to dig deep and study multiple sources for my answers and form my own opinions, rather than having someone else’s opinion projected onto me.
How has your life experiences shaped who you are as a vegan today?
I believe becoming aware and in tune with my body–the reactions to the foods I eat–have had the most significant impact on me as a vegan. Noticing how I felt after meals, fatigued, moody, or having my skin break out the next day, made me realize it could have something to do with the way I eat. Going vegan has stretched my energy, helped my skin (I still break out when I eat junk food!) and made me more alert and clear-headed. I also don’t suffer from as many anxiety attacks or depression, and I 100% believe its only because I changed the way I eat. I’m not one of the people who went vegan for the animals (although, now vegan, I feel tremendous empathy towards the treatment and slaughter of animals for consumption) my reasons were more health-related. I don’t want to be 50, diabetic, high blood pressure, joint pains, and a slew of other ailments. I want to LIVE my life!
How did your parents/significant other react when you changed to a plant-based vegan diet?
My parents have no qualms about my choice to live a vegan lifestyle, and they don’t have a problem with their grandchildren being plant-based either. My dad put up an argument or two, but he quickly realized the reasoning and logic behind my diet made A LOT of sense. My mom is also vegan now, so no complaints from her. I believe if my dad lived closer to me, and I could show him how to prepare vegan meals that, he would go vegan too.
What’s one thing you wish somebody would’ve told you before you went vegan?
I wish someone would have mentioned that the cravings for meat and dairy subside quickly and that once you get over that, you’ll likely never go back to animal products again. Becoming vegan is work, just like dedication to ANYTHING. For me, it took only one short week of craving meat before it disappeared. Cheese, on the other hand, was a lot harder not to crave. There is a naturally occurring chemical in dairy that makes it addictive, however, so that explains that! Once both cravings diminished, I was hooked.
Do you own vegan business?
I am a personal chef, offering catering, cooking classes, dinner parties, meal prep, family meals, and single meals. I also run a blog and share recipes on my website qbcookin.com.
What’s the biggest reward of being vegan, in your opinion?
For me, the most significant reward is raising vegan kids, guilt-free. I don’t have to worry about the drugs, hormones, and toxins found in animal products, and the effects they will have on them. Although transitioning them into veganism wasn’t the easiest, I’ve noticed that they don’t get sick as often, their attention spans have improved, and they are excited to be vegan now!