Name or Nickname: Veronica or Vee
What’s one misconception about veganism people have, and what can be done to correct it?
So many people think that vegans don’t eat. It’s the total opposite! We have so many options. I used to host Sunday brunches and would invite a group of friends over. I’d make a full spread of vegan dishes so that they were able to experience how vegans really eat. Their perception is totally different now and they love vegan brunch!
What is meal-time like for you?
This really depends on the meal. I am much more of a lunch and dinner girl. Breakfast is usually water and coffee. My lunch is usually a veggie sandwich or sautee, a salad, or a bean burrito. For dinner, I love to make bowls with a combination of all things amazing!
What’s the most challenging thing about being vegan?
I’ve been doing this for years now. For me, it’s not hard at all. For others, I find that the biggest challenge is time and vegan options. Many new vegans are very used to the luxury of being able to go anywhere, through any drive-thru, to grab a meal. As a vegan, depending on where one lives, these options may not exist, so cooking is key. I feel many may struggle with this.
How did people react to you becoming vegan?
In 2012, it was “oh my goodness! How will you get your protein?” Today, more people are familiar with veganism so the reaction is something like, “well, I just don’t know how you can give up bacon.” My social environment is accepting, supportive, and in attendance for my vegan brunches.
What do you like best about being vegan?
I am a part of something major. We are a community of caring people, leading from compassion, and speaking up for all life on earth. I love being a part of a community and movement that is all for the betterment of the planet. Becoming vegan has led me to practice intent and compassion. It has been so rewarding and continues to reward.