|Susan Voisin :-)|
Susan's blog is awesome and she also runs several other sites, including the Fatfree Vegan site and the The Vegan Connection.
Given how incredibly popular she AND her blog are, I never dreamed that she would be willing to be interviewed on my little blog!! But I decided to take a leap of faith and email her to ask--imagine my absolute delight & surprise when she said yes!!! So I sent her my questions & bless her heart, she answered everyone!!
In the course of completing the interview process, Susan has become a friend. She is warm, kind and humble--as you can see by this interview. I'm so happy to share her thoughts with you today & hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!! I know that MANY of you are HUGE fans of her (like me!) so feel free to share your love in the comments section of this post!
We are all so lucky to have Susan as one of the first trailblazers of the vegan blogosphere--without her, none of us would be here!! Enjoy the interview!
1) I read that you became a vegetarian out of your concern for animals and then you became a vegan for health reasons. What changes have you noticed in your total body wellness after giving up meat (over 20 years ago!) and then after giving up dairy and eggs?
2) In medicine, I have learned that EVERYONE has an interesting life story! Before you started your amazing blog, what did you do with your time? Did you ever have formal training as a chef?
3) You started your blog in 2006 and now it is well deservedly the most popular vegan blog on the net!! What motivated you to start blogging and what do you remember fondly about those early blogging days?
4) I know that you, like me, have rode the weight loss merry-go-round over the years, once losing 100 lbs yourself! You have shared on the blog that you recently started eating differently to lose weight and be healthier. How does your body feel now compared to before? What advice to you have for others who struggle to become or maintain a healthy weight?
5) You obviously have a special heart of service and we are all so grateful for everything you give those of us in the vegan community & beyond. That said, I know that giving can sometimes deplete us. What inspires you to keep blogging? How do you maintain your balance in your life to continue blogging with a joyful heart?
The great thing about blogging is that I fit it in around my family life, not the other way around, like most “real jobs.” So when I need a vacation, I take one (and try not to stress out about time away from the blog too much).
6) Your recipes are creative, delicious and extremely nutrient dense. I realize that this might be like asking you to pick amongst your children but what are your favorite recipes on your blog and why?
7) Speaking of children, I find it inspiring that you've shared that your teenage daughter has stayed on the veg-centered path. What advice do you have for other Moms and Dads on how to guide their kids to eat healthfully without inciting a veg rebellion?!
So my advice is: Explain the reasons for your diet, cook vegan at home, but once your children get old enough to make their own decisions, let them--at least outside of the home. If you don’t make it a battle, they won’t have anything to rebel against and may wind up coming back to the way you taught them.
8) I did part of my medical training in the rural South so I can understand the challenges of maintaining veganism without much local support or resources!! Your town of Jackson isn't really rural, but have you had a hard time getting the food and support you need there in Mississippi? Any tips for others living in non-veg friendly areas?
Because it’s the largest city in the state, Jackson has just about any vegan specialty item I could want, as well as several international grocery stores that make it easy to pick up ingredients that people in more isolated towns might have trouble with. So even though there isn’t a thriving vegetarian community here, I’m lucky ingredients-wise. For people who live in areas without access to specialty foods, I recommend online shopping. Practically anything can be found online these days, so take advantage of free shipping through Amazon and other retailers. And also take advantage of the vegan communities available online; they really kept me going when there were few vegans to talk to in my “real” life.
9) Last question! Everyone whats to know if and when you will be publishing a cookbook!!? Any news to share on that front?!!
Sorry--no news! And I am totally to blame for that. I’ve had opportunities, but I really can’t decide if I want to take time away from my blog to write a cookbook. I know myself, I’m a perfectionist, and I can’t imaging being able to do a good job at both and still have a life. So we’ll see.
Thank you Susan for taking the time to share with us today!! You can follow her blog on Facebook here & check out her amazing blog FatFree Vegan Kitchen here!
I've written about how much I love her blog here. And have featured her recipes MANY times on the blog: a small sample includes my "What the Happy Nurse & I Are Eating This Week" posts (here & here & here) & "Best of the Blogosphere" posts (here & here) & my "Foods that Heal" posts (here & here) & my post on Salads & on Sugar-Free sweets & Snacks!:-)
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