CYoFC: Describe your current diet/lifestyle (vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pescetarian, freegan, flexitarian, omnivore with vegan tendencies...etc.).
Ellen: Lacto-ovo vegetarian
CYoFC: For how long have you been a lacto-ovo vegetarian?
Ellen: 20 years
CYoFC: What prompted you to become vegetarian?
Ellen: An animal rights speaker at my high school and one of those nasty documentaries that shows how Mr. Happy Cow becomes dinner.
CYoFC: Were there any challenges to becoming vegetarian? What about current challenges of being vegetarian, or aspects about lacto-ovo vegetariansism that you don't like?
Ellen: Initially, I craved tuna hoagies (subs) and steak sandwiches (grew up in Philly). Those cravings went away after a year or so although I sometimes still crave something with a meaty texture—certain types of mushrooms and meat substitutes usually satisfy me. My parents also thought I would perish without meat, but now they’re vegetarians too!
CYoFC: Do you plan on remaining lacto-ovo vegetarian? If so, what motivates you? If not, what motivates you to change?
Ellen: Yes, animal rights and environmental costs of meat eating keep me motivated.
CYoFC: Do you have any tips or advice for new vegetarians?
Ellen: Learn to cook and invite me over for dinner.
CYoFC: Good advice. :) Favorite foods?
Ellen: Avocado, mushrooms, leafy greens, hard boiled eggs, chocolate, ice cream (sorry vegans).
CYoFC: Are you getting enough protein?
Ellen: I think so.
Ellen, 36, currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She's a social worker who enjoys hiking, reading, and sarcasm.