Grace Van de P.


Fort Collins, CO

Member since:

August 17, 2014

How did you hear about "Vegan Life Colorado" meetup group?

On facebook I saw the meet up group

What made you decide to go vegan or try veganism, and explore a more compassionate, healthy lifestyle (answer as simply or as detailed as you like)?

I went vegan in May 2013 after being vegetarian for 10 years. I was told by my doctor not to go vegan since I had chronic stomach problems which caused me to be underweight and she was convinced that dairy was the only thing keeping weight on me. I ended up trying veganism anyways after finally deciding it was the only way I could live with myself when I got to know some retired egg hens and helped raise some lambs.(Gary Yourofsky's video really helped push me as well) Turns out as I was transitioning the days I had tiny bits of dairy I showed the same serious digestive problems as before, and eventually I ended up learning I have a casein (milk protein) allergy that was causing me to be so sick my entire life. I have become much healthier as a vegan, I no longer randomly throw up, have gained 15 lbs, and my heart burn isn't so bad that I'm limited to eating only a few hours a day. I'm very serious about veganism in both an animal rights perspective and a health perspective.

What kind of activities would you like to see the group participate in, if you have anything specific you would like to do (note that our members are welcome to suggest and schedule vegan friendly events for consideration by our organizers)?

I like to try vegan food at different places, and am interested in volunteer work and protests. I've attended [circus] protests before that I believe your group was at in the past. I also am interested in visiting sanctuaries and doing things outdoors.

NOTE: We only require a "YES" RSVP if you plan to attend a gathering. Please don't RSVP "NO" to gatherings you don't plan to attend. "NO" RSVPs only create email for organizers. Only RSVP "NO" when you need to cancel a "YES". Make sense? Thanks!



I'm a vegan in Fort Collins (who is in Denver and Littleton often) who wants to get to know more people who are strong believers in animal rights. I study Zoology and work at a near by vet clinic, and hope to at one point work at a farm sanctuary.

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