As an outspoken and self proclaimed vegan activist, I am constantly under a social microscope and forced to defend myself about my lifestyle choices. From “where do you get your protein” to B12 and cost of food, people constantly ask me, and other proud vegans, about what we do and why. I became an active plant-based educator when I was 19 years old. I was a confident, mature, male, millennial living in progressive communities in the 21st century. Talking about veganism has never been too hard, and most people support my efforts. Our guest on this episode did not have it as easy as I did. Growing up with vegetarian animal rights activist parents, Tinya had to defend herself for choosing not to eat animals starting in elementary school, not to mention this was in the early 80’s when vegetarianism or veganism was nowhere close to as mainstream as it is today. Tinya tells the story of her journey from growing up as a vegetarian, to getting married and turning vegan with her firefighter husband, and eventually raising two beautiful vegan children. Tinya is a mother of two, a wife, a high school social studies teacher in Colorado Springs, co-founder of the Vegan Society of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Animal Rights Team, and she has a Masters of Education. Tinya lets us in on how she had two successful vegan pregnancies, and how she approaches vegan communication with her two young children. Tinya is a passionate speaker and is not afraid to tell it how it is. Tinya is a teacher in so many way from the classroom, to being a mother, a public vegan activist, and a wife.
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