Go Vegan. Thank you!

I'm Erin, but everyone calls me Red and that's just fine with me.

I'm a certified VLCE and Vegan Nutrition Specialist, public speaker, consultant, problem solver, rabble-rouser, jet-setter, host of the popular vegan podcast Red Radio, and right-hand-woman to vegan Wunderkind Chef Jay Astafa. I also co-founded The Seed in 2012, and continue to organize events across North America.

By night I'm a muay Thai practitioner, runner, Bikram Yogini, and tattoo enthusiast. Brooklyn is home, but I hail from Toronto, Canada, and I'm currently on the road.

Try to keep up.

EP45: The Barbi Twins Get Active!

OK, so 3 weeks or so ago, I sent out a tweet to The Barbi Twins.  I was all, “Hey ladies, would love to have you on my podcast!”  Lo and behold, not 24 hours later, a direct message showed up on my account from the Twins… and the rest, as they say, is history!

I was so thrilled to have the chance to speak to Shane and Sia in Red Radio Episode Forty Five - of course they’re hilarious, spontaneous, and definitely out there… but their passion for helping animals and speaking out for the vegan lifestyle comes through crystal clear.  I have a lot of respect for celebrities who use their ‘powers’ for good, and that’s just what the girls are up to.  More power to ‘em!

You think you know, but you have no idea:  Erin Red welcomes animal activists extraordinaire Shane & Sia Barbi (better known as The Barbi Twins) to talk veganism, animal rights, grassroots activism and so much more in Red Radio Episode Forty Five!  Giggle along with the ladies while they use their 7 & 1/2 minutes (each) of fame to speak up on behalf of the animals.  Plus, Erin Red Raves about her favorite vegan lip balm, and a Compassionate Clip featuring Steve-O!  ROCK ON!  Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting erinred.com and clicking the DONATE button, and subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes today!  If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review, or drop Erin Red a line at erinredradio@gmail.com.  You can also read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.


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Show notes will go up before the end of the day tomorrow, mkay?

xo Erin Red

EP23 Show Notes!

You know what’s cute?  JL Fields, the vegan advocate/blogger/WFAS Board Member/social media darling/superwoman with whom I chatted on Episode Twenty Three of Red Radio, told me she was NERVOUS to hear herself speak on the show.  HOW CUTE IS THAT?!  Especially considering the woman is a total powerhouse and a true inspiration (there’s that word again…).  She was amazing, was she not?!  

Also, in “What A Coinky-dink!” News - have you heard EP120 of the Our Hen House Podcast, hosted by Seed Advisory Board Members Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan?  They featured a brief segment about The Seed: A Vegan Experience.  So that means I featured them, and they featured me, all in the same week without any previous knowledge.  I’m telling you, our stars must be aligned!

Alright, enough gab.  Onward to the Show Notes!

Oh man, I’m pretty pooped.  Did I forget anything?  Let me know if I did!  

xo Erin Red

EP14: Vegans in Sports with Phil Verna & Remembering Poe!

Hey You Fabulous People, You…

First and foremost, I must thank you all so much for the kind words and condolences regarding Poe’s passing.  You are all amazing people and you made a particularly rough week a little easier on this redhead.  My sincere gratitude to each and every one of you.

Now for the awesome news:  Red Radio is back on the scene with EP14!

Red Radio returns to the airwaves with Episode Fourteen, welcoming Vegan Sports Correspondent Phil Verna (a.k.a. Philly Whispers) to quietly aquaint us with vegan athlete Carl Lewis and discuss current events in the world of sports!  Erin Red also shares a touching memorial to her recently departed feline companion, Poe, rants about people who wear animals, and makes a pretty kickass announcement.  Remember:  Red Radio is 100% listener supported!  Please consider donating by visiting Erin Red and Red Radio at erinred.com and clicking the DONATE button!  You can also read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

Click the icon below to listen now!

Show notes tomorrow afternoon…

xo Erin Red

EP12: Vegan Philadelphia with Gay Nick & Erin Red debates Animal Companionship

Hey Kale Lovers (and Kale Lovers to-be)!

EP12 is up and running - have you heard it yet?  Despite my haggard vocal chords, I managed to crank out a pretty fabulous hour and a half of vegan banter, if I do say so myself.  And I do!  Thank goodness Gay Nick was there to take some of the pressure off!  Check it:

Vegan Travel Correspondent Gay Nick (a.k.a NickyNax) joins Erin Red in Episode Twelve to review a slew of vegan hotspots from his recent trip to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, P.A.!  Plus, Erin Red tackles a very important question from a listener email:  Can vegans have animal companions?  And should they be vegan, too?  Remember:  Red Radio is 100% listener supported!  Please consider donating by visiting Erin Red and Red Radio at erinred.com, read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

Click the Red Radio logo below to listen now!  

Stay tuned for show notes - by Tuesday afternoon at the latest!

xo Erin Red

EP11: Welcome Vegan Celebrity & Entertainment Reporter Laura Yaz!

Hey Lovers!

Another amazing episode coming your way via the endless gabbing between my new vegan celebrity and entertainment correspondent, Laura Yaz!  We love her!  After I bark about the bear costume epidemic in NYC, and share an amazing Compassionate Clip of the week, you can tune in to hear Laura and I yuk it up about the latest in Vegan Gossip!  It’s TOTALLY HOT YOU GUYS!

There are some sound glitches nearing the end of the interview that I didn’t catch before editing and posting - my bad! - but they’re not too crazy and our hilarity shines right through.  Check it!

Episode Eleven brings us the first installation of the new Vegan Celebrity and Entertainment segment with Fresh Veggie Laura Yasinitsky!  Laura catches us up on the latest vegan gossip after a lively introductory interview with Erin Red.  Find her on Twitter @larayaz!  Plus, some big announcements and a tearjerking Compassionate Clip of the Week!  Remember:  Red Radio is 100% listener supported!  Please consider donating by visiting Erin Red and Red Radio at erinred.com, read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

Click the Red Radio icon below to listen now!

Show notes and Laura’s Fresh Veggies interview to be posted tomorrow!
xo Erin Red

Red Radio EP5: From Dead Meat to Real Life – Erin Red Interviews a Special Guest!

Hey Cats and Kittens, 

Red Radio EP5 has been released into the wild!  

In Episode Five, a very special guest joins Erin Red in the studio for an in-depth interview about the rendering, slaughter, and animal agriculture industries.  The charismatic mystery guest discusses his upbringing and career in said industries – including his personal experiences in the slaughterhouses – and his ultimate arrival at a (nearly) vegan life. 

Click the banner below to listen RIGHT NOW!

I leave you with a photo from my birthday dinner at Pure Food & Wine this weekend, sitting between my two favorite men.  I’m such a lucky gal!

xo Erin Red

Red Radio EP4 Show Notes

Hey Y’all!

If you haven’t already listened to EP4 of Red Radio, please click on the banner below to check it out - it’s pretty kickass.  

"Episode Four introduces us to Erin Red’s senior feline companion, Poe, and brings up the important question of whether or not cats should go vegan along with their human friends.  Erin Red also plays us some folksy internet-tunes and suggests some amazing vegan-friendly children’s books, with a bonus grownup story to boot!”

 

SHOW NOTES

1.  Victoria the Turkey!

Big thanks to Vicki Beechler for adopting the stunningly beautiful Victoria the Turkey in my name over the holidays.  What an honor!!!  Please click the pic for more information about Farm Sanctuary

2.  Click the link for Super Vegan’s comprehensive list of VEGAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

3.  You can find Anitra Frazier’s book, The Natural Cat, on Amazon.com and through her website, TheNaturalCat.net.  Click the book cover for more info. 

4.  Check out the works of the man behind Song-A-Day #810 Vegan Myths Debunked on his website, JonathanMann.net, or on his YouTube Channel.  Good stuff!

5.  Read the amazing article about Citizen Radio Productions and Red Radio by Jamie Hagen on One Green Planet.  Thanks so much, Jamie!

6.  Check out an amazing illustrated version of Neil Gaiman's epic short story, Babycakes, by clicking the image below.  Illustrations by Jouni Koponen.  

7.  Last but not least, here’s a little pic of my senior feline companion, Poe.  We recently discovered he has hyperthyroidism and he is currently on the mend.  Please keep him in your thoughts!  *meow*

See you next week!

xo Erin Red

FRESH VEGGIES: Carli

Hey Friends!

In correlation with Red Radio EP3, today marks the first installation of a new series on my blog: FRESH VEGGIES.

FRESH VEGGIES will feature personal interviews with friends, colleagues and strangers who have recently made the TOTALLY AWESOME choice to go vegan. I’ve come up with a list of questions that each subject will answer with honesty and humility, with intentions of more intimately connecting the vegan community, providing information and resources to new vegans, and showing those still on the fence how easy and empowering the whole process can be.

Enjoy the first interview!

xo Erin Red

FRESH VEGGIES: CARLI

BASIC INFO

Name: Carli VanVoorhis

Age: 19

Occupation: Hairstylist Assistant

Physical Activity Level: Always on my feet

Vegan Since: January 2, 2011

Important Details about Me: I was raised in north Idaho, among many proud omnivores. I moved to NYC in September of 2010. Now, here I am.

PRE VEGAN

What did your diet look like before you went vegan?

Oh, man. It looked awful? Let’s just say that it looked like I really wanted to be diagnosed with colon cancer in my mid 40s.

Did you have any preconceived notions about veganism before going vegan?

I felt like in the future, people would compare veganism to driving a hybrid car. It’s something that we should have been doing all along. I also remember saying that I could never be vegan, like it wasn’t even humanly possible for me. That whole mindset definitely changed once I moved to the city and removed my head from my ass.

What was your turning point? How did it come about?

After living in the city for about two and a half months, meeting some inspiring, educated vegans, and doing some of my own research; it became so clear. I could do this. All I have to do is want it. I also think it became a matter of “you can’t unknow what you know”. Once I learned of the many horrors of the meat/dairy industry, I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t know what was going on. I decided that as a person who claims to be an animal lover, tree-hugger, and a hater of the U.S. government, I not only wanted to do this, but I felt as if it was my responsibility to do this.

NEW VEGAN

How did you immediately feel emotionally, mentally, physically after going vegan? After one week? After one month?

I was feeling pretty excited, to be honest. I was excited to feel my body be cleansed of all the toxins. After the first week I felt SO GOOD! Mentally, physically, spiritually! I loved the fact that I could look at an animal. A cat, a bird, whatever. I could look that animal in the eye and think yep, no need to fear. I am just another animal.

How did your friends and family react to your lifestyle change?

Like I said, I grew up in Idaho so the parents were like… what? Vaygan? However, they fully support me in my decisions to be vegan and they are very happy for me. I received mixed reactions from friends. The excited ones, obviously the vegans, were very proud of me, ready to support me in the journey. I might’ve told the unenthusiastic friends as they were eating a ham & cheese hot pocket.. idk… whatevs.

Were there any books that motivated you to change, or helped with your transition?

The first book that sparked a vegan lifestyle to me at all was Skinny Bitch. I had read it about a year and a half before actually making the transition. I felt like everything the book explained was so simple and logical. (ex. cow’s milk is for baby cows…)

Did you have any slip-ups? How did you deal with it?

I ate some muffin pastry thing that had milk in it. I didn’t know there was milk in it until I heard my stomach telling me to fuck off. Of course I was disappointed, but you just gotta keep on keepin’ on. Live n’ learn, baby!

How did you deal with your non-vegan items (kept them, replaced them, donated them)?

I just recently found a hat that is definitely NOT vegan in the bottom of my closet. I am waiting for winter time so I can give it to a bum.

CURRENT VEGAN

Do you miss anything?

All of the rewards that I have reaped, outweigh anything I might miss. To the point that I don’t miss anything at all.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

I have a hard time biting my tongue when I hear stupid people saying stupid things. As an activist, it’s my obligation to speak up, but sometimes I should just take the silent rode.

What has been the greatest reward?

So many rewards! The greatest one, I suppose, is knowing the fact that I am no longer participating in the violence & exploitation of another living being.

What are some new foods, cuisines or products you’ve tried since going vegan?

I have tried many new foods since becoming vegan. All the various ways that tofu can be prepared, many new colorful veggies, coconut milk ice cream, etc.

Is your significant other/roommate/family vegan? Have they become curious?

No. They aren’t curious enough to really make a change.

FUTURE VEGAN

Do you plan to stay vegan? Why or why not?

Definitely. Because that would just be stupid, Jennifer Goodwin. It’s called evolving. I can’t evolve backwards! Not to mention, I would get so sick. My body would be like NOOOOOO!

What vegan books would you like to read? Vegan movies to see? Vegan locations to visit?

I would like to read The Kind Diet, Eating Animals, and many more. I would love to see Forks Over Knives. I NEED to go to Foodswings, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, Blossom, Red Bamboo, and the Caravan of Dreams, just to name a few…

Have you encouraged your loved ones to make changes? How? What has been the reaction?

Absolutely! I think education is probably one of my most effective ways of encouragement. But then there are times that I can be a little more ‘in your face’ about it, i’m like DO IT! Stop hurting animals & stop hurting your body! PLEASE! Slowly but surely they are absorbing what I am saying, although I do get brushed off every now & then.

Do you think veganism is a realistic solution for the masses? Why or why not?

For sure! I think it might be one of the only realistic solutions we have. It’s sustainable.