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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.

EP21: A Special Edition of The V Hollywood Report with Laura Yaz & Honey LaBronx!

Golly, Mondays come around fast these days, don’t they?  Episode Twenty One is on and POPPIN’!  It’s a good thing I really love gabbing about  veganism because otherwise who KNOWS how often Red Radio would air!  GOLLY, I say!

Red Radio Episode Twenty One features a hilarious extended version of The V Hollywood Report with Red Radio Entertainment Correspondent Laura Yaz and special guest Honey LaBronx!  Erin Red joins the sassy twosome to discuss the latest vegan gossip including Kim Kardashian’s flour bombing, Alicia Silverstone’s evidently scandalous baby feeding methods, and Kristin Bell’s irrational love for sloths.  Laura and Honey also announce their upcoming new vegan podcast, Big Fat Vegan Radio, debuting May 1st, 2012!  Plus the latest updates on The Seed: A Vegan Experience and a Compassionate Clip of the Week that will inspire you to work it out!  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.


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Show Notes?  Let’s say Wednesday!

xo Erin Red

EP15: The 2012 NYCVFF with Sarah Gross & Laura Yaz’s V-Hollywood Report! Plus a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Guys, Episode Fifteen is SO JAM PACKED with awesome, you may have to listen to it in segments.  SRSLY!

In chock-full Episode Fifteen, Erin Red interviews Sarah Gross, co-organizer of The New York City Vegetarian Food Festival.  Find out why their second anniversary, on March 3rd and 4th, 2012, is fixin’ to be an epic vegan weekend in NYC!  ALSO make sure to email your contest submission to erinredradio@gmail.com by 11:59p on 02/28/12 to win a FREE VIP WEEKEND PASS to the event!  Also don’t miss Vegan Celebrity Correspondent Laura Yaz for her second installment of The V-Hollywood Report, and finally get hip to Erin Red’s long-awaited MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT.  What an episode!!!  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.

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Show Notes coming soon!

xo Erin Red

FRESH VEGGIES: Laura Yaz!

The second installation of my ongoing series about new vegans.  Enjoy!
xo Erin Red

BASIC INFO
Name:  Laura Yasinitsky
Age:  29
Occupation: Writer for US Weekly, waitress, and nanny (I’m busy)  
Physical Activity Level: Lots of walking and carrying in my day to day.
Admittedly no real exercise routine right now although I’m a former
dancer and a yogi at heart
Vegan Since: Jan. 2011 (unsure the exact date but I’m calling it the
16th)
Important Details about Me: I’m an only child. Medically there is not much
cancer in my family other than cigarette caused cases (I was a very heavy
smoker until I quit in 2007). My grandmother and dad both have Type II diabetes
which has definitely had an effect on how I view nutrition.

PRE VEGAN

What did your diet look like before you went vegan?

I have been a back and forth vegetarian essentially since high school.
I ate aquatic animals, chickens eggs, and cows milk, but no land
animals for several years, mostly through college, and early life
living in NYC. In 2006 I abandoned it all and became an omnivore, I
went fully vegetarian towards the end of 2010 and then vegan in January
of 2011.


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

I had always thought vegans were extreme people. I found it dramatic to
eliminate all animals products, and felt being vegetarian was surely
sufficient, those people were crazy.


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

I had been eating 100% vegan at home but allowing myself to have dairy
when I ate in restaurants. One day I was going to a Mexican restaurant
and I decided I would try to order something vegan. I decided I would
keep it up as long as it wasn’t impossible. I told myself that I would
allow myself to eat something that wasn’t vegan if I ever found myself
in an impossible situation. I haven’t yet.


NEW VEGAN

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

Emotionally I immediately felt relief, as if a thousand pounds had been
lifted. It’s as if I was finally free of all the guilt I had from being
a huge hypocrite that loved animals but consistently ate their dead
bodies. After one week I had noticed that I hadn’t had a stomach ache
since I had gone vegan. I used to regularly have stomach aches. After a
month I felt like a million dollars, really. I was absolutely high on
my love for this new lifestyle and for all the found I had found to go
with it.


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

Unfortunately I was living with my ex at the time and he did not take
it well, ultimately I believe it is one of the reasons we ended up
splitting up. Please note that it is not veganism’s fault, we had other
issues on the table, but I do think for him it was just another thing
that separated us. My friends have been great, many of them were
apprehensive at first, but everyone is completely comfortable with it
now. My dad has been great, whenever I come home to visit he cooks
vegan meals for the whole family. When I told my mom she said, “That
doesn’t surprise me at all, you’ve always loved animals so much, it
only makes sense you would want to live this way.”


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

I read Eating Animals in December of 2010, I credit it with pushing me
all the way into veganism. I also read Kathy Freston’s Veganist very
early on, it is excellent and filled with great tips about
transitioning.


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

I haven’t had any deliberate slip ups. Recently I ordered a Calpico in
a Japanese restaurant, not even thinking, and found out a few days later
it is a dairy milk based beverage. I’ve also had the occasional honey
accident, where I have drank or eaten something I didn’t realize had
honey in it, and then found out later. Honestly I have not thought
these incidents were big deals, they were accidents, and I just move on
from them, and don’t plan to eat or drink the items again. If anything
they just raised my personal awareness that I should always check
labels and be aware of what I’m consuming.


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

I am slowly working through all of these things. I still have a pair of
leather shoes, but they’re getting worn out and I’m sure I’ll replace
them soon. I did get rid of my down coat rather quickly, the feathers
would poke out of it and that was really bothering me. I believe that
when something is starting to bother me, that’s the time to replace it.
I still have some wool sweaters, etc. I do hope to eventually replace
them all, but it’s something I’m gradually working towards, I want to
be realistic about it. I did sort of do a massive overhall of my
bathroom once I’d realized how many products participated in animal
testing, but replacing shampoo and lotion is a lot less expensive then
replacing all of your clothes and shoes.



CURRENT VEGAN

Do you miss anything?

Not really. I guess at gunpoint I would say that I miss eggs and sushi.
Luckily vegan sushi is terrific and I have mastered a tofu scramble
that I love. Honestly, whenever I feel like I’m missing something I
just remind myself that no matter how delicious it is, it’s just not
worth it. Delicious is not good enough of a reason for me to
participate in something I don’t agree with.


What has been your biggest challenge so far?

I attended a wedding and there was very little there that was vegan.
The grooms had arranged for two vegan options, which was incredibly
nice of them, but it’s hard when everyone is totally indulging on
everything all around you. Also, obviously, there were no vegan dessert
options, and I was jealous when everyone was eating cake and ice cream
sandwiches and gushing about how delicious they were.


What has been the greatest reward?

It’s hard to say. Just personally I feel completely connected to
something I believe in and am thrilled to be living this way. That is
honestly, the greatest reward. The sense of completion and utter
happiness I get from loving who I am and how I represent myself in the
world.


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

My cooking has expanded in ways I never expected. I was always
intimidated to cook anything Asian or Indian but many vegan recipes
have helped me get to a confident place with those flavors and
techniques. I had never prepared tempeh or seitan, now I love them
both. I make brunch for myself every weekend, which is definitely
something I never did before I went vegan. I recommend everyone make
themselves brunch on the weekend.


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

My roommate is vegetarian, which is nice, she’s also delightful and
eats and cooks a lot of vegan food. My mom seems extremely intrigued by
it all, but also scared of it at the same time. It’s a lot of change,
and I understand her apprehension, but I’m definitely pushier about it
with my parents then I am with anyone else so they deserve a lot of
credit for putting up with me. As I stated earlier, my relationship
ended shortly after I became vegan so I am on the market fellas! Single
file, please.



FUTURE VEGAN

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

Absolutely. Why wouldn’t I? Seriously.


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

I’m dying to read ‘Meat is for Pussies’ because it’s the greatest title
ever. I think the most amazing documentary is Vegucated, EVERYONE
should watch it and show it to everyone they love. As far as locations
go, I’d love to take a trip to London, actually I’m secretly hoping I
can take a trip this summer for my birthday. I hear London is great
veg friendly city.


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

I gave my mom and dad ‘Forks Over Knives’ and ‘Vegucated’ for
Christmas. I don’t know if they’ve watched them or not, I’m not going
to bring it up, I’m sure they’ll let me know what they think if they
do. I haven’t encouraged any changes with anyone else other then
cooking them a delicious meal, or suggesting we go to a vegan place,
but hopefully that has an impact.



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

I actually do, especially given the global warming situation, and the
threat of the honeybee population going extinct. I realize it’s a big
change, and honestly I think it does need to happen gradually, but I
think Einstein said it best so I’ll just quote him here. I mean, he was
a pretty smart guy, right?

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of
life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert
Einstein

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.

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