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I love the champagne colours. I also love white, black and silver as I think they look chic, but I like bright colours, too. It made a noise when I walked. When I divorced my first husband and left my house, I gave my shoe collection to friends and charity shops. Gym bunny or lazybones? I used to go to the gym four or five times a week and do weights using the Pilates method. But I have a pinched nerve in my neck that causes pins and needles down my left side, arm and hand, and I have RSI in my elbow on the same side.
Niod skincare is phenomenal. I have been using it for two years and my skin has changed completely. My signature scent is Daisy by Marc Jacobs: I love my crazy nails. I wear fake tan to cover my pale skin. Everyone knows that the only thing fake about me is my tan — and my hair colour, obviously. My fantasy shoes are stilettos with little wings on the heels by designer Sophia Webster.
I dream of them. My Alice Temperley wedding dress, which I wore four years ago this May when we married in a buttercup field on a Gloucestershire farm, surrounded by friends sitting on straw bales.
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It was my fantasy dress and perfect for a field — lacy and boho. A friend did a speech about happiness and two friends who are in musical theatre sang. The trip itself was amazing.
At the end of it though, he had told us that he had been vegan for close to 15 years and I was kind of shocked. I had never met anyone in my life who I could relate to, culturally, who was also vegan. And it was kind of a catalyst for me because it made me think: There was just this excitement about being vegan that I hadn't necessarily seen.
And my mental representation of the typical vegan are these really intense, and really angry, people. When I came back to the States, I decided that I was going to do a 30 day challenge. But even when I said that to myself, I knew I was lying and I knew that what I was really doing was experimenting. What do you mean by experimenting? Like you didn't want to commit to the vegan label just yet? I didn't want to commit, but at the same time, I already knew that I was committed.
I was somewhat in denial that I was making this transition. I think veganism is a very intense, very radical change in a lot of ways and in a lot of levels. And I think when you first go vegan, you don't necessarily understand all the levels that it touches upon. And that you were wrong. That is so true.
I know for a fact that I'm still learning about the impact veganism has and the levels that it touches upon, like you mentioned. So what happened with the 30 day challenge? Literally halfway in, I was loving it and I was already feeling different. And it was so much easier than I had anticipated. So after the 30 days, I was like, "You know what? It was for 30 days but who was I kidding?
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I was really making a life change. Truthfully speaking, the transition was hard.
You have to be willing to consider that the way you were raised, or the things that you felt were normal, or what you thought was healthy or what you thought was ethically or morally correct, that they were wrong. And that's a really hard lesson to digest. What was it like for you to have your whole belief system turned upside down? And having to accept the fact that you have to change how you were used to doing or seeing certain things? I think the hard part was realizing it and committing to a different kind of life.
Now that I know what it takes to have meat on my plate, or what it takes to have eggs, or dairy, I could finally say that it's not for me. It honestly became easier. It's hard, I think, to push yourself to be able to tell yourself that, "I was wrong.
Like when I was what I like to call a "baby vegan", meaning that I had only been vegan for about 2 or so months, people kept telling me, "Oh, that must be so hard.
I could never do it" Actually, the hardest part for me was deciding to do it. But once I decided to do it, it was the easiest, most natural thing for me to do, as a process. I'm glad to hear that it became easier for you. I just wanted to go back a bit because you also mentioned that it took a fellow brown person who is vegan for you to think about going vegan yourself.
And I just wanted to touch a little on the cultural aspect of food and what that means for you. I think this goes back to the many levels that veganism touches. One of them is a cultural level. Being Mexican, a lot of our dishes are very meat-heavy and dairy-heavy.
There's also this connection with your culture that you feel through the food. Oftentimes, people connect with their culture through music and language, but also through food.
I haven't even seen a fellow Latino vegan and I honestly didn't even think that was possible. So for me, being asked to go vegan, also meant that I was being asked to let go of a part of my identity, which feels like a huge loss.
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So when I met this Costa Rican man who's as "Costa Rican" as anybody else, and he's not struggling with any bit of his identity and it's still very much intact, that, in itself, was very eye-opening for me.
He's living his life in a very intentional way and that kind of intentionality really resonated with me. And I didn't even have to do it. He broke it for me. It reminds me of certain movements and how someone has to do it first so you can allow others to follow. As a queer person growing up, I didn't know any lesbians or bi people.
And when you do, it just shatters your world. I kind of think that he did that for me with veganism. He showed me that this is what veganism could look like. I didn't have to match how he did it, but this is what it could be like.
And at that point, it felt reachable. And of course I realize that everyone's food journey is different, but for me, I needed that cultural connection, so in the end I could be vegan and still feel Latina. So how did your family take it when you told them you were going vegan?
Well, my family knows that I've done crazy diets in the past. They were very supportive when I went Paleo for 10 months. I know for a fact that it helps when you have an incredible support system especially when you're first starting out. Yeah, actually, props to my family for being so amazing and supportive. During the first couple of days, they would ask, "Are you sure you don't want this? Whenever my mom would cook, she would make something for me, which is amazing because I don't necessarily consider myself a star in the kitchen.
Did being vegan force you to rethink about how you prepare or see food in general? I knew logically that my taste buds were probably going to change and I was going to get used to drinking more soy milk or almond milk.
What was most shocking to me was actually when I accidentally tasted something that wasn't vegan, I could identify it immediately. And it didn't taste good. This might sound crazy, but I honestly thought that I was tasting milk for the first time. Does that make sense?
Like I used to drink milk all the time growing up and I would have a glass every night with dinner and just chug it like water.
So in terms of when you switched to veganism, were there any benefits that you saw? My digestive system definitely improved and actually my mood considerably improved as well. I have a stressful job and I tend to be moody because of it. I work for a social services agency in West L.
Being vegan actually made me handle all that stress a little better. I feel like the best way to describe it was that my mood became more buoyant. I would react to stress and my mood would dip, but then I would have this delicious lunch and right after I'd be like, "You know what? And it wasn't like I lost a ton of weight right when I switched, in fact, I think I gained weight.
I've been vegan now for almost, two years and I didn't start losing weight until this year. Still cute, but chubby!