How long have you been a vegan?
I've been a vegan four years next month. I started on my 30th birthday which is December.
I became a vegetarian when I was 14 years old (lacto-ovo)
What are some of your favorite meals?
I love to eat out: vegan chili using a soy protein mincemeat (Zippy's, a local fast food chain does a nice one). Also local Buddhist vegetarian food here in Hawaii is always very good and often has a great Asian or Asian fusion bent. I love hummus, eat store-bought or homemade almost daily. Other Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food is excellent as well.
If you eat at restaurants, what foods or places have you found helpful?
See above also Loving Hut. Domino's Pizza will do vegan. Buca di Beppo.
Have you notices any benefits since you changed your diet?
Initially I lost a little bit of weight. I've since discovered that I have secondary food allergies to Seafood so now less gastrointestinal issues. I'm very busy so I don't cook or maintain a balanced diet as much as I would like to.
What tips do you have for anyone who wants to try a vegan diet? Be gentle with oneself start slowly start small. Don't be freaked out this has been done by thousands of people over thousands of years
Are there any books, websites or other resources you'd recomend?
I remember recommended anyone join the local vegetarian or vegan group. Here it is the vegetarian Society of Hawaii. I'm also a member of the National vegetarian Resource Group.
Any final thoughts?
Don't hesitate to be in touch for the fur any comments or questions and if you'd like an interview on video or audio I'm happy to do that also, time permitting during the holiday season, but particularly in the new year.
Thanks again for this opportunity!