A Day in the Life of a Vegan: Meet Kristina

Kristina and Miko

Name: Kristina Hulvershorn

Age: 31

Where do you live? Indianapolis, IN

How long have you been vegan? 16 years

What’s the best part of being vegan? The peace that comes from knowing that my actions are helping to positively influence the overwhelming problems facing our planet and animals.

Wake up: 6:00 am

Breakfast: Coffee and soy milk, green smoothie

Activities/work: I am the program director at the Peace Learning Center, so I lead a team of facilitators who help youth in Indianapolis create peace and resolve conflict. We work out of an old house in a beautiful wooded park.

Lunch: Leftover tofu and kale with quinoa with a prince sauce (tahini & nutritional yeast based) and a plum. Most of my lunches are leftovers. We like to cook large portions!

Activities/work: I’m also a humane educator so I offer workshops in schools to encourage youth to consider the effects of their actions on animals, fellow humans and our planet. We engage with these subjects to inspire our students to be empowered to make positive changes and find solutions to some of the planets most pressing issues. The students I have worked with over the years take these issues very seriously and feel very privileged to be part of these discussions. Youth also make far fewer excuses than adults and have higher expectations for themselves.

Dinner:  Taco salad: Leafy greens, tomatoes, avocados, onions, cilantro, vegan sour cream, textured vegetable protein, beans and salsa.

Activities: Walking dogs (we have four rescued dogs: Nia, Maxine, Handsome and Chloe) and playing with my one year old.

Lights out: 10:00pm

Favorite Cause/Current Project: I am working on a children’s book to inspire kids to think critically about our relationship with our fellow animals.

Favorite animal or vegan book?  Dominion by Matthew Scully.  There are so many incredible books out there, but there were so many moments in reading Dominion that just made me want to buy billboard space to illuminate his eloquent arguments and language.

Favorite animal or vegan movie? I know this is controversial, but I have always loved “Babe.” I don’t think I can vouch for the way  that the animals were treated during and after filming, but I appreciate how it inspires love and compassion for farm animals and how it illuminates animal personalities.

What do you want people to know about living vegan? Any of us can live healthy lives without harming others. We no longer need to use animals for food, shelter or clothing. Why not make the choice to cause less harm?

For me, being vegan is not a challenge. It would be far harder for me to consume animal products — knowing the suffering that they caused. Once my mind was made up to be vegan, I simply stopped  letting  myself think about animal products as food or clothing. It is the way I can create some peace in what can be a violent and cruel world. Veganism allows me to do some good everyday for my body, my planet and innocent animals without even thinking about it. I love to inspire people when they see how delicious my food is and how high my energy levels are.

We are also raising our daughter vegan. I am so grateful that I don’t have to impose that cognitive dissonance on her that forces her to take animals she admires, imitates and loves in her daily life but then tell her that she has to take part in their death at meal time. She is very healthy and mature for her age.  She loves kale, broccoli, tofu, pineapple, beans, plums, rice, carrots, cantaloupe…you get the idea!