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Why did you become vegan?

Good question!  We were inspired by our amazing older sister to become vegetarian while in high school. A year or so after we followed her into vegetarianism, she became vegan.  She was living in Antigua at the time - where our maternal family origins are.  We went to stay with her for a summer and ate a completely vegan diet.  We were amazed by how good our bellies, skin, hair and nails felt after making the change. As we have lived this plant-based life and read more about the treatment of farm raised animals were were even more sure about our decision.  

What do vegans eat?

By definition, vegans do not eat meat (pork, beef, chicken, fish, etc) or dairy products (milk, eggs, butter, etc).  This leaves us open to vegetables, fruits, legumes, roots as well as most simple and complex carbohydrates. This includes many bread, pasta, rice, quinoa and other starchy foods.  

Is being gluten-free the same thing as being vegan?

No. A gluten-free diet is free of any food that has the protein gluten.  Gluten is the primary protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  People with Celiac disease are allergic to gluten and must eat a gluten-free diet. 

Where do you buy groceries?

Costco, Best Market, C-town and sometimes Target.  We do buy some specialty items at Whole Foods, on Amazon and infrequently at Trader Joes. As long as you know how to shop and how to cook you can stock a vegan kitchen from almost any grocery store.

How do you get protein in your diet?

So. Many. Sources!!!  We get our protein from nuts, seeds, tofu, beans, seitan, quinoa and a variety of other sources.  We love smoothies and add Vega protein powder liberally to our shakes.  It is a well circulated myth that meat is the only source of protein.  It is probably the most popular protein source in American society, but there are many other options.

From Ottawa?  Where is that?

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, and found in the province of Ontario.  It is home to the longest skating rink in the world (The Ottawa Canal), the winter festival "Winterlude", the parliament buildings and gorgeously manicured tulip gardens.   We are proud Ottawans!  Ask us more questions.