Wellness on the Web: Vegan Crunk
Wellness on the Web is an ongoing interview series that showcases bloggers who focus on clean, unrefined, nourishing and naturally delicious food. This week, please welcome…
All photos courtesy of Vegan Crunk
How did Vegan Crunk come to be?
I started the Vegan Crunk blog in 2007 after having been a lurker on other vegan food blogs for quite some time. I’d been cooking a lot more after going vegan in 2004, so I wanted to share my food porn with the world. My cookbook, Cookin’ Crunk, evolved from the blog. After I started blogging, I realized I was amassing a collection of recipes, most of which had a Southern slant. So I enlisted the help of my Mama and Granny, and they helped me veganize our family classics. That resulted in a published cookbook that came out in September 2012.
What motivated you to commit to a vegan lifestyle?
I went vegetarian in 1994 after spending a week with my friend’s Indian family. I wanted to stop eating animals as soon as I made the connection that there was no difference between my cats and a cow. That was when I was 8, but at that time, I didn’t know how to be vegetarian. At age 14, in 1994, after spending a week eating delicious vegetarian meals with my friend’s family, I realized I could do it. Fast forward to 2004: I was becoming more involved in animal rights work and my eyes were opened to the factory farm cruelty associated with dairy and eggs. On my 10th anniversary of vegetarianism in Nov. 2004, I went vegan.
What advice would you give to readers working to lead a less processed or cruelty-free life?
Start with a trial run. Setting huge goals, like, “I’m never eating meat, dairy, or eggs again” can be daunting. Try being vegan for 30 days and see how you feel. During that 30 days, watch plenty of animal rights movies with factory farm footage. By the end of the month, you’ll probably be more dedicated to sticking with it. It’s easier to be vegan when you have solid convictions about why you’re doing it.
Favorite in-a-pinch healthy meal?
Avocado Toast!! Spread half an avocado over two slices of sprouted grain bread. Sprinkle nutritional yeast over the top and season with salt and hot sauce.
Guys, I’m pretty sure Bianca is a superhero, and that her site name is amazeballs. Many thanks to her for the great insight. Any additional questions from y’all?
- unronic answered:this 30 day idea is sort of the affirmation I’ve been looking for…I have a lot of lapses in my vegetarianism. I’m trying to end them.
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