Hometown: Silver Spring, Houston, Ann Arbor, Vancouver, Bellport
April 7, 2008
Curious about VLI's history? Years ago, Amie Hamlin founded Club VEG, and started the monthly vegan dinners at Curry Club in Setauket. Amie was the catalyst for me going vegan. In 2008, I started up the Bellport Vegan Meetup. But I didn't find many vegans in Bellport, so I named the group to include a wider area: Suffolk Vegan Smorgasbord. Meanwhile, Christine Santos had founded Long Island Vegan Community. She passed it on to Michael Krimsky. In 2009, Michael was getting ready to relocate from Long Island. We decided to merge our memberships—and VLI was born.
I'm vegan now. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made!
I'm a healthy, happy vegan. The evidence indicates that most people thrive on a healthy, B12-fortified plant-sourced diet. But I hope EVERYONE will respond with compassion if you ever meet someone who is thinking about going back to a non-vegan diet. This is a sample of what you can say: - - - - - I'm so sorry to hear about what you've been going through. I hope you continue to feel better. Nobody deserves to be feeling bad. Did you know there are professionals who specialize in helping folks in your situation? Jack Norris, RD is one such expert. He'll be happy to help if he can. His contact page: http://jacknorrisrd.com/contact_form.php Matt Ruscigno is another RD who might be of help: http://truelovehealth.com/consult/ Locally, Jeannie Gedeon is another who might be able to help: http://jeanniegedeonmphrd.com/about-jeannie-gedeon/ I certainly wish you good health. May we all show one another compassion, as we strive to build a more compassionate world.
I'm looking forward to developing our leadership team! If you're interested in getting involved, please send me a message.
For me, living this way is participation in a justice movement. It's conscientious objection to the deliberate exploitation of sentient beings. It's also a far more efficient way to feed the billions of us humans who are living on this planet. And widespread adoption of a vegan diet will also buy precious time for us to save the climate.