Why “The Unconventional Vegan”?:
I am Erica Wollman, The Unconventional Vegan. I call myself The Unconventional Vegan because I have challenged the traditional way of life. I enjoy creating my own path and not following in the path of others. My hope is to show people alternative ways of living. I also want to create a community of other unconventional vegans.
Ways I have lived an unconventional life:
- I have been vegan since 2011.
- My husband, Kyle and I are child-free by choice. We also don’t have any pets.
- We do not own a television, a car or a house.
- We have lived and worked in 8 states.
- We quit our jobs in 2015 to travel the world. We went to New Zealand, Indonesia and Japan.
- We are minimalists and have lived in a space as small as 350 square feet.
How and Why I Became Vegan:
I have been vegan since June 2011. I had been following the blog, zenhabits (zenhabits.net). It is a great blog and I am interested in and agree with his blog posts. I had been reading zenhabits before I became a vegan. Leo Babauta writes about simplicity, health & fitness, motivation, frugality, happiness, goals, and living in the moment. I am interested in all of these subjects. In May 2011, I happened to read a blog post he wrote about veganism: http://zenhabits.net/diet/ This blog post got me thinking. This is how my thought process went: If Leo writes about all of these topics and I agree with them, why am I not vegan? I decided to research further.
I am a huge fan of Ellen DeGeneres. In an interview, she said that she became vegan after watching “Earthlings”. I decided to watch it. You can watch “Earthlings” HERE. It was difficult to watch. After watching it, I decided to become vegan. I did not want to contribute to the suffering of animals. My husband and I decided that from that point on we would no longer buy non-vegan food or support zoos and circuses. I lost about 15 pounds in the first month! I felt better and had more energy.
- I am vegan because I don’t want animals to suffer.
- I am vegan because I want to help the environment.
- I am vegan because I want to eat healthy.
- I am vegan because I want to reduce my risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and other diseases.
1. I would like to spread the word about veganism.
2. I would like to spread the word about minimalism and sustainable living. Recently, I have learned more about the zero waste movement and am making changes in my life to reduce my waste.
3. I would like to share my travels and photography.
Awards and Publications
My sunset picture at Bellingham Bay along with a short article was featured in the Bellingham Herald on October 15, 2012.