A Day in the Life of a Vegan: Meet Sandy

Sandy with Rambo

Sandy with Rambo

Name: Sandy De Lisle

Age: I like to keep people guessing. They always guess me to be younger than I am — which I attribute to my vegan diet!

Where do you live? Deerfield, IL

How long have you been vegan? 25 years (with three healthy pregnancies!)

Wake up: 4:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Cheerios with vanilla soymilk and blueberries, oatmeal or chocolate chip pancakes (Sometimes I eat all three things in one sitting!).

Morning activities/work: Walk or run with my two dogs, pack lunches for the kids and write.

Lunch: Most likely something containing avocados or broccoli.

Afternoon activities/work:  More dog walking and more writing.

Dinner:  Most likely something with avocado and broccoli.

After dinner activities (more work?): Helping my kids with homework, watching HGTV and more writing.

Lights out: 10 p.m.

Current Project(s): I have several books that were recently released: The Teenage Boy’s Playbook on Sex and Relationships: From Rookie to MVP with 20 Simple Rules and Dibs Chicago: The Winter Phenomenon of Parking Spot Saving. It is my goal to combine my passion for writing with my passion for animals and write a book on the topic of veganism or animal welfare in 2013.

Favorite animal or vegan book? By far, my favorite animal book is Behind the Dolphin Smile by Ric O’Barry.

Favorite animal or vegan movie?  Forks Over Knives

What’s the best part of being vegan? Knowing I’m doing the most I can to prevent animal cruelty (and being fit without a lot of effort).

What do you want people to know about living vegan? For those who aren’t vegan: It is incredibly easy to be vegan (right, Christine!). For those who are vegan: Eat healthfully and donate your vegan blood. Nothing quiets dissenters quicker than when I tell them I donate blood every 8 weeks. Proof that vegans aren’t automatically anemic.

Website/Blog: Sandy De Lisle, Writer and Educator