Frequently Asked Questions
1) What type of paint do you recommend for beginners? I consider myself a beginner all the time! I started off using acrylics and have just recently began exploring watercolors and oils. I think acrylics are easy to work with if you haven't had much experience with others!
2) Do you have tips on turning pictures you took into drawings? My advice would be to continue to work at the piece you are creating. Often times the vision takes time and if we stop in the middle, thinking it doesn't look like what we want it to, you'll never get to see the finished product. Everything starts off looking disproportional or dimensionless, but you have to keep working at the piece and making changes where you think the lines need it in order to get it to how you want the end piece to look. It takes practice!
1) How can I transition to a plant-based diet? Often times, people are afraid of change. After all, we are creatures of habit. I say start with one meal that you know how to make ---one that is packed with nutrients that feeds your soul and tastes good too! (You can check out my recipes for some ideas!) Over time, your body will begin to crave junk food less. Once you notice the changes in your body, you will feel much more motivated and encouraged to continue incorporating a variety of whole plant foods into your routine. Everything is a progression and does not need to be so calculative. I think that is where we often get discouraged and quit. So, I say find what works for you and start there. When I first quit dairy but craved cheese, I got into the habit of thinking about the reason I chose to become vegan in the first place and instantly with mind over matter it was all the reminder I needed. Did I love the taste of cheese? Yes. But did I find it more appalling to see the images in my head of what was done to those animals for me to even be able to eat that cheese? Definitely. From a nutrition stand point, I don’t recommend eating processed “fake meats”, but I can agree that they are a great way to transition from an animal heavy diet to a whole food plant-based diet. Gradually, you’ll begin to crave plants more and more while craving the meat and dairy less or not at all!
2) What do you mean you are an unconventional pharmacist? My goal as a pharmacist is to provide enough education and information to provoke change in the norm of today's diet and lifestyle. I want to limit the use of medications to those that truly need it. I don't want to profit off of unnecessary prescriptions and I don't want it to be a bandaid for illness. The idea that health should be less dependent on medications and be more dependent on nutrition, should not be some absurd concept, in my opinion. What goes into your body has tremendous impact on so many aspects of life. I believe that with the correct changes in our daily routine, we can reduce our risk and even reverse chronic preventable diseases. How is it that hundreds of thousands of people per year get their chests cut open and an artery is taken from their leg and placed in their heart. Is that less crazy than changing the way we eat and live? I want to change this way of thinking!
3) How do you become a pharmacist and certified in WFPB (whole food plant-based) nutrition? Education to become a pharmacist can be broken down into different ways in the U.S. depending on the route you take. Beginning with undergrad, I completed 7 years of curriculum and training to receive my doctoral degree. I have been following Dr. Campbell and other scientists, physicians, researchers, etc. for quite some time and knew after graduating that I wanted to take his online course on nutrition based on extensive research, as this can be a confusing topic with lots of misinformation in today's society. Being certified in plant-based nutrition does not mean I am a registered dietician, but that I have the knowledge in this area of study to support my future endeavors in the field of nutrition and medicine.
1) How can I incorporate a more eco-friendly lifestyle into my daily routine? I love this question! Future post to come!
2) Do you have tips on balancing between holding on to items and hoarding versus getting rid of everything? I would like to recommend a book called the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Minimalism doesn't mean being restrictive with what we own or buy. Quite the contrary. It allows us to to possess only what brings us joy. Incredible read and I highly recommend.
3) How do you defend being a vegan to family members or others in your life who criticize your choices without attacking them? I think about this a lot as it is something that I experienced as well! I think just being honest with your answers and how it makes YOU feel is the best way. One simple statement: "It makes me happy." While it may take time for others to understand your choices, those who truly love you will learn to respect your decisions, especially if it makes you happy. I always think that I sleep better at night knowing I that didn't harm any animals and that I'm causing less harm to my body and to our planet by the choices I made that day.
1) What are some resources that you use to stay informed and can recommend to others who are interested in learning more about being a vegan and plant-based?
This incredible list of resources ranges from guides on daily nutrient recommendations and recipes, to current and ongoing research:
2) Do you have any cookbooks out or any restaurants? Not currently, but I would love to have both in the future!