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Portland, OR
Hometown: Portland

Member since:

January 5, 2013

What's your favorite food or dish?

Pastas with unique vegetable sauces are hard to beat! Anything made with lentils. Simple food, like steamed red potatoes with a little Vegenaise and seasonings, whole fruit smoothies, a huge green or taco salad, or a crockpot soup that uses up leftover rice or veggies. While I enjoy food with a medley of spices and flavors, I also love to eat things like a plain baked sweet potato or a handful of almonds.

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How long have you been and why are you a vegan or interested in becoming a vegan?

I'd been vegetarian my whole life, having been raised that way. Then, Dec. 2011, I decided to cut out the dairy and eggs to decrease inflammation complicating a chronic illness. Overall, I'm definitely better. As a side benefit, I lost a few pounds, the acne I started to get in my 20's has cleared up tremendously, and I find I no longer need to use deodorant, which is full of chemicals anyway. So, my focus is on health benefits. But I think it's wonderful that eating this way contributes to a more compassionate world, and has the potential to help preserve our planet! I'm learning more and more every day about these added benefits, and have reached a point of wanting to meet other people who share the same ideas and can give me inspiration about how to share this lifestyle with others!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Lately, I'm doing a lot of internet researching about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, finding recipes, learning about organic gardening (I'm in the process of creating some garden beds in my backyard by doing a sheet-mulching method), getting ideas for ongoing remodeling at home (currently trying to choose paint colors). Family is important, although we don't get together as often as I'd like and I'm the only one who's completely vegan. The rest are a mixture of vegetarians and omnivores. I enjoy being outdoors, working on projects at home, traipsing around town, seeing where I can find vegan food, stopping in antique/thrift stores for treasures, and checking out shops I may have read about online, such as the urban farm store I recently discovered.


I love meeting other people who enjoy sharing vegan food and information!

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Wonderful group of people!

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