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I am so pleased to share with you below, an interview with Dominique, as our second guest interview blog! Happy reading and be sure to follow Dominique on her two Instagram accounts!
Dominique, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Dominique and I'm a graphic and surface designer living in the Bay Area :)
How long have you been a vegan?
I have been vegan for exactly 1 year and 4 months.
What prompted you to embrace the vegan lifestyle?
Well I was pescatarian for about 2 years when I discovered PETA in junior high and it completely changed my perspective on the meat industry. I was so traumatized by all the pictures I saw! Then over time I felt like I was getting picked on for not eating meat so I eventually went back to the "traditional" diet. Then about a year ago I started going back into doing research on why I even cut meat out of my diet and it was a very hard pill to swallow. I couldn't claim to care about animals and contribute to their suffering, so I stopped cold turkey... cold tofu? lol
What are the reactions of your inner circle about your choice to be a vegan?
My best friends know I love animals so I think they saw it coming for a while. They were understanding and don't joke too much about it anymore. Anytime we go out they make sure there's at least a vegan food option for me, if there isn't then we go somewhere else thankfully!
What is the hardest part about being a vegan?
The reality of the situation. The planet is dying, animals are being tortured, and it's so bad for our health. Many humans don't care about this when it comes down to it and that's what is the most heart breaking to me.
How do you manage your vegan meals while traveling?
Happy Cow is a life saver! I plan in advance and compile a list of all the food spots I want to go to while traveling then figure it out when I get there.
Do you have any advice for someone considering becoming a vegan or someone who is new to veganism?
I always tell people not to ask me questions about becoming a vegan unless they truly want to change. Any argument against veganism can be solved with proper research. The best advice I would give is to do your homework and learn about why you should go vegan, how to get your daily nutrients, and make sure you cook at home too! It's healthier and better for your budget.
Have you noticed any changes in your life since becoming a vegan?
I have always had a sad perspective on the human race, but becoming vegan has made it even sadder. It's tough being around meat eaters 24/7, the only vegan I know is my boyfriend and a friend from work!
What are your thoughts about the future of veganism in your country and/or globally?
As sad as I might feel about our current global state, I do think that more and more people are opening their eyes to the truth on why everybody should go vegan. I live in California and we do have a lot of wonderful vegan spots, but it has definitely gone up within just a year. I'm excited to what the future will hold!
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Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope you enjoyed meeting Dominique!
Peace and light,
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