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KC: What do you hope people will take away from the movie?

MMW: I think the lowest bar I set is that people will leave thinking that vegans aren’t crazy and that veganism is not an extremism, that it’s not that hard. So [people who watch the film] won’t be scratching their heads and thinking, ‘Oh geez, how could I ever do that?’ because they will have just seen people do that.

On the larger scale, I’d say I want people [people who watch the film] to think more seriously about going in a more plant-based direction. I certainly don’t think it’s all-or-nothing, go vegan or die. I think for a society — for our society — to survive these environmental challenges, these health crisis, we need to absolutely go in a more plant-based direction.

KC: Here’s a fun one: What are your top 5 favorite vegan foods?

MMW: Well, I have a sweet tooth…I do love the Salted Caramel ice cream at Stogo in New York City. That is amazing as is the Cake Batter soft serve at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary. Those are tied. I love the Seitan Piccata at Candle 79. The pho at Land Cafe is really amazing… I don’t remember what I ate but two of the best meals of my life have not been at vegan restaurants. One was at an inn in England and one was at a bed and breakfast in the Birkshires. It was amazing because they don’t rely on meat and dairy substitutions, they just had a lot of fun with vegetables and fruits and grains. My husband and I were really blown away. The Bigger Mac at Madeliene Bistro in L.A. was amazing…and I love the All Hail Kale salad from Veggie Grill. I could live off of that.

[Ed. note: Stogo, Lula's Sweet Apothecary, Candle 79 and Land Cafe are in New York City. Madeline Bistro and The Veggie Grill are in Los Angeles.]

KC: What would you say to anyone out there trying to go vegetarian or vegan?

MMW: I would say: Enjoy the adventure. Because you’re going to try a lot of things. You’re not going to love everything, but keep trying new things. And if you don’t like something prepared this way, try preparing it another way and you might discover you like it. Tesla discovered she didn’t like tofu egg salad but she liked [tofu] prepared another way. You’ll discover a whole world of foods and you will grow to love them and crave them.

What I would say the biggest, most important thing to do is to connect with other vegetarians and vegans, because you’re not alone. There are millions of us here. It’s just a matter of plugging in online and plugging in to the community in your region. It will have a huge pay off and you’ll enter into this whole other dimension of beauty and joy that comes with living out your values. And it feels fantastic once you take that step to say, ‘I’m making a difference for animals and the planet and my health every single day, three times a day.’

Here are some ways that you can see the amazing film Veguated:
- There is one last sneak peek screening of Vegucated in Portland, Oregon on August 25;
- Sign up on to be notified if the film is being screened in your area this fall;
- Buy the film through or pre-order it through Vegucated‘s Kickstarter page.

In 2012, Marisa and the Vegucated team will be launching a community screening and house party potluck screening, where people will be encouraged to organize screenings of the film in their yoga studio, school, church, or other local, public arena, or even their own homes. They’ll share recipes to help people who sign up for vegan potlucks. Sign up to participate in these screenings so you’ll be contacted when the program is launched.

Click here to lean more about the Vegucated film.

Click here to contribute to the Vegucated Kickstarter and help them show the film to a wider audience.

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11:00PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

We have been eating meat since the Stone Age and most are not going to change.

5:03AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you!

8:58PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I became a vegan during March after trying to do the Meatless Mondays for awhile. It still is a challenge for me at this point because of all the attitudes I have had to face from others who thought it was 'just a phase.' So far, I have done pretty good staying true to a vegan diet and lifestyle. I can't say I'm 100 percent because there are so many products that claim to be vegan but still contain processed sugar, which is not even close to being vegan. But I'm doing better and better with this, and I have seen some major improvements in my own health.

2:22AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

This film looks great! Can't wait to see it in its entirety!

1:59PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

ooh, I really want to see this.

8:28PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Thanks for the post.

5:23PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011 she ate monkies it said. why didn't she die at 50?

don't forget people, kingdom animilia is huge. I still would like to see more people standing up for the little guy. like a sea sponge, coral. jellyfish. you don't want insect color in your food, but will support people who kill insects to protect crops. then yell at someone who shoots a raccoon for killing their birds.

5:18PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

i truly believe that to be a vegan, one has to really be so in love with the animal world, the thought of eating, wearing or abusing animals for their pleasure is intolerable. it is a wonderful feeling to know there are people who feel as i do, on the other hand, anyone who is taking a step in the direction of veganism should be commended.

4:04PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Save it, Kathleen. Many of us are quite aware of the venom and vitriol you have spewed throughout Care2 ESPECIALLY when it pertains to the many benefits of being vegan. You refuse to grasp that you fool no one but yourself.

By the way, being vegan is better for human health, it is gentler to the environment, uses FAR less resources than animal agriculture, and it is the ultimate way to show genuine compassion, empathy and respect for animals.

7:51AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Any point of view that is different that the one of a particular, hateful, vegan agendist, will be considered without merit. Many vegans here obviously care about working, conversing, and respectfully conversing through these threads so there is absolutely no reason to allow this 'individual' to believe she has the moral platform in these threads. The vitriole is redundant and she is never civil. While she attacks everyone not agreeing with her, she's lost support because of her hatefulness, of even those who are devoted vegans. It is best not to engage her, even when she attacks you. There are too many other great people who do care about working together to effect change within the factory farming industry, to get too ramped up over her comments. Let's also continue to go after Monsanto and the USDA who does nothing to regulate this corporations GMO's.

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