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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Vegan Mama || Dori Lancaster

Good monrin' ya'll! Hope everyone is having a good week. Today I would like to introduce to you Dori Lancaster, the beautiful lady behind HealingThruFood.com I was so inspired scrolling through her feed that I just had to get an interview with her.  Not to mention how freaken cute Alana her little one is! Enjoy the interview. 


What is your vegan story? Why and how you transitioned?


I stopped consuming red meat and pork at the age of 16 (I’m 38 now). I was influenced by a friend from school who was an ethical vegetarian. Around the age of 28, I met another vegan girl who I worked with and she helped me “see the light” and I learned a lot about how to function on a daily basis, since we ate lunch together almost every day! She made being vegan look so easy, and she was also an amazing vegan baker and would bring home made vegan cookies to work all the time! Although at that time, I didn’t transition fully, I did learn a lot, and still hold her dear in my heart as one of my “vegan soul sister guides”. She also is raising two girls vegan in a multivore household (her hubby consumes meat), so I’m often asking her advice! In between the years between then and now, I experimented with different versions of vegetarian, pescatarian and finally went full vegan in 2010. I come from a family with a history of diabetes and 5 of my relatives have had gastric bypass surgery, so my position first started as a preventative one vs. an ethical one, and then the more I educated myself, the more I could not help care more deeply about the poor treatment of animals as food.

Did you have any opposition when you told your family and friends that your child would be vegan?


Most people  expected that I would want to raise a vegan child, and my family and friends respect my choice. I wouldn’t say I had opposition. I think I’ve had some “misunderstanding”, as some people are a bit uneducated on what it actually means to be vegan. When people do not have all the information, sometimes they ask questions to become more educated themselves, or sometimes they just call you a hippie and go on about their day, walking around with the (faux) wool still covering their eyes. In between the years between then and now, I experimented with different versions of vegetarian, pescatarian and finally went full vegan in 2010. I come from a family with a history of diabetes and 5 of my relatives have had gastric bypass surgery, so my position first started as a preventative one vs. an ethical one, and then the more I educated myself, the more I could not help care more deeply about the poor treatment of animals as food. 


What is some advice that you can give to fellow vegan mamas?

Do YOU, mamas! Trust yourself and your inner wisdom to guide you in raising happy, healthy, thriving, plant based children. I think it’s such a gift to give this kind of start to a new little human! You’re giving them a clean and fresh start, and when it comes time for them to start making their own choices about food, it’s your job to educate them so they can make conscious choices. Living by example is the best position you can take! Live in love, and if people around you seem opposed, educate them lovingly, or walk away. You are helping to make the world a more harmonious and healthy place! Rock on with your healthy vegan babies!!

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