Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been vegan? Why are you vegan?
I went vegan to prioritize my health in late 2015 when my dad was battling cancer. Since then, I've researched the environmental and ethical repercussions of consuming animal products, and I now promote a plant-based lifestyle for those reasons too.
What camera do you use to film/photograph?
Most of my videos uploaded in late 2018 were filmed on a Canon 80D. Videos uploaded before that were filmed on a Canon EOS Rebel T5i. Some of my vlogs and intro clips are filmed on a Sony a5100. Many of my Instagram photos were taken using the camera on my phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S8).
what Editing Software do you Use?
I edit my videos with Adobe Premiere Pro on my Macbook Pro, although I previously used and enjoyed Final Cut Pro X. I edit photos with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. I edit many of my video thumbnails with PicMonkey.
Where did you learn to cook?
I learned most of the fundamentals from my dad while I was growing up, but for the most part I'm self-taught! I've watched a lot of Food Network and I'm a mega-nerd when it comes to reading cookbooks, food blogs and recipe reviews. I also worked as a line and prep cook for a short time after college.
What are your favorite tools for vegan cooking?
Check out my blog post featuring all my favorite kitchen tools, including the essentials, large appliances, and helpful gadgets HERE.
What are your best tips for people who have just started to transition to a vegan diet?
Check out my blog post featuring my top 10 tips for a smooth transition to veganism HERE.
Where are your favorite places to shop as a vegan a budget?
I purchase most of my produce at Sprouts. Typically I'll go on Wednesdays (when their ads for the current and previous week overlap) and buy produce that's on sale. I also buy some of my grains and nuts from their bulk section on sale.
Trader Joe's is another great option for vegan snacks, frozen meals and specialty ingredients (nutritional yeast, jackfruit, vegan butter, etc.) at affordable prices.
Finally, I love buying nonperishables (pantry staples, nuts/seeds, teas, snacks) from Thrive Market, which offers a lot of organic and vegan-friendly products at wholesale pricing. It's a membership-based marketplace, but I've already saved far more than the cost of the membership by shopping on Thrive Market in a few short months. And nothing beats having healthy groceries delivered straight to your door.
Do you take any supplements?
I occasionally take these vegan multivitamins (when I remember that they're in my fridge). I sometimes use a Vitamin D3 spray (in the winter) and B12 spray or sublingual tablets. I also cook with nutritional yeast, which is a great source of protein and B Vitamins. I use vegan protein powder a few times a week when I'm working out regularly.
What is your ethnicity?
I'm half Filipino (on my mom's side). The rest is a mixture of Irish, German and French Canadian. Unfortunately I don't speak Tagalog. :(
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