Meet a Vegan Texan: LaJana

This month’s featured vegan Texan doesn’t find it easy to be vegan in a small town, but she’s sticking with it! 

First name and city/region: LaJana and Paris, Texas

Why are you vegan? To save as many animals as I can and to try to be the most compassionate person I can.

How long have you been vegan? 3 years

What’s it like to be vegan where you live? It’s horrible!! I’m the only vegan here except for the few vegans that come into town for college. There are no restaurants with vegan options and finding vegan food at grocery stores is very hard. I have to special order things from the health food store or drive two hours one way to Dallas to Whole Foods.

What’s your favorite resource for finding vegan food? Your favorite vegan restaurant dish? I have to special order things and most of the time resturants are not willing to accommodate so I eat a lot of salads. At home my favorite is chickpea tacos.

What’s your favorite vegan Texan food? Anything Tex Mex.

Do you have a secret vegan weapon? Laser vision? Kale? A larabar in your pocket? I carry roasted chickpeas and kale chips to work to snack on and have gotten people to try them. Most people didn’t even know what chickpeas were.

If you could only choose one, would it be tofu, tempeh, seitan, or beans? Beans!! Although I love seitan but hardly ever eat it since I have to buy the gluten in bulk or drive so far to get it.

What advice do you have for people in your area about being vegan? I have tried but I live in a town where hunting, fishing and bbq’ing are the most common past times. I have at least gotten people to try adding vegetables to there menu!! Strange when people don’t know what kale, leeks and butternut squash are.

If you’d like to answer the Meet a Vegan Texan questionnaire, send me an email at lonestarplate (at) gmail (dot) com.