Interview with Lindsay S. Nixon from Happy Herbivore

An interview of Czech Vegan Society and Vegan Fighter with Lindsay S. Nixon, well known author of vegan cookbooks (Happy Herbivore, Everyday Happy Herbivore). Lindsay also runs websiste and blog www.happyherbivore.com that is very well know among vegans.  

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little but about you - what is your personal vegan history, how did you become a vegan.

"Online I'm known as the Happy Herbivore -- which is the name of my website (happyherbivore.com) and the name of my cookbook, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook.

I went vegan about 5 years ago. I was vegetarian for most of my childhood out of a love for animals but lapsed back to meat eating in my teens due to teen and family pressure. Then after a serious health scare in my early 20s, I went back to vegetarianism thinking it would help me get healthy. I went vegan the following year; I was motivated by the health benefits and environmental factors but also for ethical reasons. Factory farms, dairy, egg -- all those industries are cruel. I can't support them."
 

 
What does veganism mean to you personally? What is the role of animals in your life?

"I am a vegan for my health, for the environment, for the animals and for humanity. If the world was vegetarian, we wouldn't have world hunger. Being vegan is the most compassionate and ethical way I can live my life. I don't want to cause any other being to suffer, so I am vegan.
Animals are friends not food." :)

You come from US. How is veganism seen now by the public there? Rather as an extreme life style or are the Americans now quite used to it?

"I was born in the US but I am an ex-pat; I don't live in the United States.
That said, the US is a really big country with a lot of different cultures and ways of life. While some people and some parts of the U.S. may view veganism as "extreme" it's "normal" and widespread in many other areas. For example, California -- particularly the large cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, being vegan or eating vegan is fairly common. Overall it's becoming more and more common every day in America. It was once unheard of, and now it's getting major news coverage and publicity. A lot of American celebrities are vegan, which has helped it become more mainstream I think. One of our former presidents is even Vegan!"
 
And what about cooking - when it came to your life?

"I didn't learn to cook until I was vegan. Back then there weren't really any restaurants or food you could buy already made at the store. If I was going to eat, I had to make it myself. So I learned and fell in love with it. Cooking, as it turns out, is very natural for me."
 

 
You run the Happy Herbivore blog that is very well know within the world vegan community - how it started and what does it mean for you?

"Shortly after I went vegan I decided to start blogging about the food I was making. Blogs were really new back then, they weren't as common as they are today, and I thought maybe there was someone like me who was learning how to cook and be vegan and I could be a source of information or inspiration. Never did I expect it to become as popular as it is today. I am very lucky, very thankful.
Happy Herbivore is my life -- it's my job, my passion, my baby." 
 
Your recipes are very often low fat – could you tell anything about it?

"All my recipes are low fat. I don't cook with added fats -- no nuts, no seeds, no oil, no coconut, no avocado. After I read Eat to Live an the McDougall Program, I removed oil and most added fats from my life. (Both books promote a low fat vegan diet for maximum health) It's worked really well for me. I lost a lot of weight, improved my health. I love it. MY recipes reflective the diet I eat. It's amazing how tasty food is without fat!"
 

 
You write very well known cookbooks - can you tell anything about it? What are your next plans?

"I wrote the bestselling cookbook, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook which was released in January this year. My second cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, will be released this December (Dec 6, 2011) and I'm working on my third cookbook now." 
 
What is the favourite meal of Lindsay S. Nixon  :) ? Could you share the receipt for it with us?

"I don't think I have a single favorite. I couldn't pick just one! My all-time favorite meal, though, is mashed potatoes, corn, chickpeas and a lot of gravy!"
 
We started a new project Vegan Fighter this month (www.vegan-fighter.com) – how do you like it?

"Very cool -- what a great project! Congrats!"
 
Do you know Czech cuisine?

"Not really, but I am anxious to learn more about it when I visit Prague!"
 
And what would be your message to Czech vegans :)?

"Keep living the vegan life! I live on a small French/Dutch island where no one else is vegan and no one even understands what it means... I know how it can be to be a minority, but stay strong! Veganism will continue to spread throughout the world if we educate others and lead by example!" 

Thank you and good luck, Lindsay!
 
 
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