INTERVIEW WITH A VEGAN: WES TAFT

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Name: Wes Taft | Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA | Instagram: @existential.records

About Me:

Single, middle aged guy who is a truck driver and loves music and vinyl.

Favourite Animal:

Cats 😸

When did you go vegan?

Around May 6, 2016

Why did you go vegan?

My body seemingly flipped a switch after I moved out West for two years and just said no to anything made of dairy. I found it easier to just go completely vegan rather than dairy free, and I had the added benefit of not feeling guilty about animals dying for me to have a meal.

What have you found challenging/difficult?

It can be challenging when you are traveling and don’t know the area well or places where you can find something to eat. I have learned to be prepared and have some snacks in the car and fruit so if it takes me a while to find something, I won’t be starving. Apps like Yelp and Happy Cow are a lifesaver and have helped me find some really unique places.

What product most surprised you when you found out it wasn’t Vegan/Cruelty free?

I haven’t really researched this. I was more surprised by the amount of amazing food that is available versus what I had perceived was available. You can make just about anything vegan and it taste as good or better than a version using animal products.

If you could say anything to your previous non-Vegan-self what would it be?

Do it sooner rather than later and stick with it. And do a little at a time. And don’t cheat! You’re only cheating yourself and your health by not getting those products out of your body.

 

 

What are your favourite Vegan restaurants/cafes/shops?

Vegreen Asian Fusion – Duluth, Georgia

Real Food Daily – Los Angeles, California

Sweetpea Bakery – Portland, Oregon

Native Foods Cafe – Tigard, Oregon

What is your favourite:

Documentary? Forks Over Knives

Instagram Account? Minimalist Baker and LetsCookVegan

Which well-known vegans would you have at your fantasy dinner party and what 3 course meal would you serve?

Ian Mackaye from Fugazi

Paul McCartney from The Beatles

Mike Gordon from Phish

Coastal Kale salad

Orange “Chick’n” and Fried rice

Pecan Pie Granola Bars with Vanilla Nice Cream

 

 

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about going vegan?

It can be a challenge depending on where you live, how open minded you are about giving up certain foods and trying new ones, and how much your social life affects your decisions. But it’s worth it. You will lose weight, feel better and help the environment.

Please can you show us a picture of the inside of your fridge/cupboards?

Any further comments or anecdotes to share:

Going vegan has also been great for getting me back in the kitchen. I basically ate out twice a day for the past 20 years, which is not only very expensive, it’s terrible to consume so much restaurant food because of the way it is loaded with salt and other ingredients to make it taste good. I have almost totally given up any kind of fast food except for an occasional burrito at Taco Bell, which is still vegan. I love trying to figure out how to make vegan versions of things that I used to love that I can’t eat anymore. Overall it has been a life changing experience. I’ve lost 62 pounds and feel better about myself that I ever have my entire life.

 


 

Thank you so much to one of my favourite Instagram pal’s Wes for taking part in my Interview with a Vegan series! 

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