Ask me anything! You can ask me about veganism, cooking, computers, the internet, technology, or about me. I will do my best to ask all your questions. I will post the best questions and answers here, and you will remain anonymous, unless you tell me you wouldn’t mind your first or username being published. This is going to be fun! Answers here!
AMA Q & A:
When did you become a vegan?
I became a vegan around the age of 22. I don’t remember the exact day.
Were you vegetarian first?
Yes, for 2 years. I did it slowly though, first cow and pig, then chicken, followed by fish.
How many years have you been following a plant based diet?
Around 21 years.
What made a passionated chef leaving his kitchen for an IT based job? 🙂
A couple of reasons. It was a really tough decision actually. My knees were really starting to ache really bad from working those 10-14 hour days, and I wasn’t making much money cooking. For the last several years I was trying to figure out if I wanted to continue to do my childhood dream job or do something else. I was thinking photography or video editing/production (I took video production for a semester in high school, so I had an idea what it entails.) and it wasn’t until I was leasing a computer and figured out that I could actually build my own for a lot less than what the lease was for, and that I was good at it that I decided to go back to school and get a formal education.
What is your favourite dish? ?
This is a tough one. I love food way too much. I love Ethiopian, love massaman curry with tofu and veggies Thai hot, hummus and falafel, chocolate, I just love vegan food (except pickles and mustard).
What are your religious beliefs if any? Does that tie into your veganism?
Sorry it has taken me so long to answer this question. It took me a while to think about this great question.
Tl:dr: I have to say that I am an Animist / atheist with leanings towards atheism. I don’t want to say that I am agnostic either. I think it does tie into my veganism because the animist in me has a great respect for Earth Mother and her creations. If you really want to know more, read on, otherwise full stop.
Then one day in the mid 90s I was watching a TV show, and to this day I can’t remember which one (I am thinking it was Jon Stewart’s old show or The Arsenio Hall show. There were so many around at that time that it is hard to remember and I am still to this day unable to find the clip on Youtube. Anyway, I digress… The guest was one of my all time favorite comedians, the late great George Carlin. Now the host asked Mr Carlin what his religious views were, and whether George was being funny or serious I don’t know but he said that he is an Animist and then said “I am a part of a tree and a tree is a part of me”. That resonated to me. It clicked and fitted in. By this time I was already vegan, I think for a year or two, and this really fit in with veganism and respecting the earth and the animals on it. I had to learn more about this. I bought a few books, my favorite one was Shamanic Wisdom by Dolfyn. This more or less became my bible and George Carlin I called my Jesus. I am sure he would have never ever wanted anyone to consider him a religious leader, but I call him that because of the big change in my life that he sparked.
This question reminded me that one of the very first web pages that I had put together way back in 1999 was kind of a religion based on veganism and animism. If you want to take a look of my wonderful html skills and writings you can go to http://veganlif.itgo.com
I do not consider myself a very religious person. I do have an altar, and I will burn sage when I feel the need to do so. I hate the word “blessed” and would never consider myself as being. I do have a great respect for animals and for the earth and do believe I have an animal spirit. I don’t think I would ever go to a prayer circle or ever consider myself a believer of any more specific tribal belief like Hopi or Lakota or dare feel like I need to join them. I could never believe in any man based religions like Christianity. Eco not Ego or something like that.
Anyway I hope that answered your question, thank you!
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