My name is Erin, but everyone calls me Red and that's just fine with me.

I'm a certified VLCE and Vegan Nutrition Specialist, fitness professional, public speaker, writer, consultant, kitchen wrangler, problem solver, 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 collector. I share my pad with a vegan human, a vegan dog, and two carnivorous cats… all rescued. I hail from Toronto, Canada but Brooklyn, NYC is home.

I hustle. Hard.

Try to keep up.



The fourth installment of my series on new vegans!


Name: rob ward
Age: 27
Occupation: kids mma instructor
Physical Activity Level: I spend most of my time up side down or sweating in some way. So high!
Vegan Since: late 2010 early 2011 I think not too sure.
Important Details about Me:  I live in the south ate like a southerner for a long time. My father died as a direct result of his diet. I miss him.


What did your diet look like before you went vegan?
At first horrible I didn’t eat anything till It was fried. Then I was more health conscious but I still ate animals.

Did you have any preconceived notions about veganism before going vegan?  They were skinny and pale. However the idea of vegans was not one I ran into often coming up.

What was your turning point?  How did it come about?
Just hearing about it on citizen radio and knowing eating to live is important.


How did you immediately feel emotionally, mentally, physically after
going vegan?  After one week?  After one month? So much energy it felt cleaner and I have been running harder ever since.

How did your friends and family react to your lifestyle change?
kinda meh. They were not to surprised.

Were there any books that motivated you to change, or helped with your
transition? Not really books however twitter and red have helped tremendously

Did you have any slip-ups?  How did you deal with it?
Yes with rage and renewed vigor.

How did you deal with your non-vegan items (kept them, replaced them,
donated them)? I really haven’t had to deal with non vegan clothing I’d imagine I’d donate them however.


Do you miss anything?
Just convenience.

What has been your biggest challenge so far? My laziness in the kitchen is by far my worst enemy. Working on it now.

What has been the greatest reward?
Energy + ethical = win!!

What are some new  foods, cuisines or products you’ve tried since going vegan? Tempeh im still struggling with how to properly cook it though.

Is your significant other/roommate/family vegan?  Have they become curious?
She is not vegan although she is more health conscious.


Do you plan to stay vegan?  Why or why not? Hell yeah, simply because I have never felt better. It’s harder to go back once you are vegan. Kinda like going black.

What vegan books would you like to read?  Vegan movies to see?  Vegan
locations to visit? Vegan books I lobe are cook books, vegan movies by far “fat sick and tired” is my favorite.

Have you encouraged your loved ones to make changes?  How?  What has
been the reaction? Yes I have, I have pretty much just told them eat more greens be more health conscious. Many have seen my going vegan and the results of it and their reaction has been everything from ” ok let’s do it” to ” I can’t do that”

Do you think veganism is a realistic solution for the masses?  Why or why not? Absolutely, it’s realistic because being vegan is sufficient in nutrients and it is sustainable. On top of that it fixes a lot of health problems people face now. The real question is is it realistic for many to remain non vegan?

EP32: The Sexy Vegan Takes Over Red Radio!

You know, I get to chat with a lot of pretty amazing vegan folks through Red Radio, and never once have I been like “Man, what a total douche so-and-so was”.  In fact, I can honestly say that I’ve been downright impressed with how awesome people have been, and how much fun it’s been to get to know them through my podcast.  

That said, every once in a while I chat with a vegan that could EASILY be my lifelong BFF.  Like, KISMET man.  I don’t think I need to tell you that Brian L. Patton is one of these people.  What a freaking talent this dude is!  Hilarious, creative, compassionate, talented, and let’s face it - the man is a veritable encyclopedia of Dick Jokes.  His Fiancee must be all, “WIN!”.

On the real, though - go check out his YouTube Videos and pick up The Sexy Vegan Cookbook.  But not before listening to Red Radio Episode Thirty Two!

In jaw-droppingly sexy Red Radio Episode Thirty Two, Erin Red spends some time getting to know Brian L. Patton, also known as The Sexy Vegan!  Light some candles and slip into something more comfortable as we learn about Brian’s vegan journey – including his enlightening ‘spider moment’ – his popular YouTube clips, proper techniques for making out with one’s dog, and the epic release of his scandalously delicious new cookbook, The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude!  Plus in this week’s Steamed Veggies segment, Erin Red reveals why she’s not so thrilled about the latest news on phasing out gestation crates.  Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting 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  You can also read her blog at, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

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Oh, and I totally know I didn’t post the show notes from EP31 - I’ll post them along with EP32’s later this week.  And trust me, once this announcement is cleared for takeoff, you’ll understand the delay!
xo Erin Red 

EP23: Meet The Ladies of The Seed – Featuring a Chat with JL Fields!

If someone had approached me a year ago and said, “What’s crackin’, Red…one year from now you’re totally going to be working with a team of major vegan bigwigs to create the biggest vegan show NYC has ever seen”, I’d be all “GTFOH, son!”.  Seriously, I’d probably slap you for being so ridiculous, too.  

That’s not very nice of me. 

On the real, though…here I am!  The Seed: A Vegan Experience is just over a month away and I’m SUPER blessed to be working amongst some of my vegan idols on such a big event.  Wanna get to know some of them a little better?  You totally do!  Give Episode Twenty Three a listen!

In Red Radio Episode Twenty-Three, Erin Red introduces us to the inspiring team of women behind The Seed: A Vegan Experience!  In an earnest interview with JL Fields (JL Goes VeganStop Chasing Skinny, etc.), we learn about JL’s incredible journey to veganism and activism post-40.  And in the latest installment of The Compassionate Clip of the Week, we’re introduced to two powerhouse vegan women: Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House.  The kicker?  All three amazing women have joined The Seed’s advisory board!  Have you reserved your tickets yet?!  Remember:  Red Radio is 100% listener supported!  Please consider donating by visiting Erin Red and Red Radio at and clicking the DONATE button!  You can also read her blog at, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

In case you haven’t already listened to it, like, 30 times, click on the icon below to join the party!

Show notes comin’ atcha Wednesday, yo!

xo Erin Red

EP20: Andy Tabar from Compassion Co Talks Vegan Biz!

Hey Party People!

Totally crazy to me that I’m up to Episode Twenty already, y’all.  F’reals.  Bonkers.

Anywho, this week I had a blast chatting with Andy Tabar from Compassion Co about the ins and outs and all abouts of running a small vegan business.  He’s a heck of a dude with a heck of a heart and I’m so glad he could be a part of Red Radio!

On top of that, I break some awesome news about The Seed and share a Compassionate Clip of the Week featuring my vegan hero, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau!  WOWZA!

Holy Cow, Episode Twenty already!  Erin Red interviews Andy Tabar, founder of kickass vegan messagewear company Compassion Co., on the trials and adventures in starting and running a small vegan business, the fair-trade/vegan connection, and his journey to veganism.  EP20 also features an update on the latest happenings at The Seed: A Vegan Experience and an especially poignant Compassionate Clip of the Week! Remember:  Red Radio is 100% listener supported!  Please consider donating by visiting Erin Red and Red Radio at and clicking the DONATE button!  You can also read her blog at, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

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Show notes comin’ at ya tomorrow!

xo Erin Red

Red Radio EP7: Gay as a Christmas Carol with NickyNax!

Hey Party People!

Episode Seven has hit the internets!  This week features a very casual and giggly interview with my gay boyfriend, Gay Nick!  Download and share widely!

Erin Red invites her longtime friend and Seasoned Veggie, Gay Nick, into the studio for a casual interview discussing his vegan journey and chat about the holidays.  Episode Seven also revisits Old Man Poe’s health and looks back upon the subject of vegan hip hop with another veggie-fueled banger, this time all the way from Sweden!  Remember:  Red Radio is 100% listener supported!  Please find Erin Red and Red Radio at, on Facebook under Erin Red, and on Twitter @erinred.

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Show notes to follow!

xo Erin Red