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I'm Cathleen Woods, creator of Vegan Momma, a website dedicated to everyone who has or is anticipating a family and wants to live a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle.
I haven't eaten animal products in a long, long time. In 1993 my best friend's sister told me about cow slaughter and that was it for me-- I never ate meat again. I was only 12 though, and those were the days without as much access to information as we have now, so I just did it my way and never really researched more about vegetarianism until I was an adult.
In 2007, I attended a conference called Taking Action for Animals and it was there that I realized that all the reasons I wasn't eating animals were actually the reasons I shouldn't eat any more animal products. I didn't want to hurt chickens, but by eating eggs I was supporting the cruel chicken farming industry. I didn't want to hurt cows, but by eating milk I was supporting dairy farming. I even ate fish up until that point.
Listening to the speakers and starting my own research journey led me to become a vegan.
In 2008 I quit my day job and started working on something I love; telling people about the benefits of a healthy vegan diet. I looked around for a "real job" working to advocate for animals and veganism, but I had no experience in it. All I had was great passion and belief. So, I decided to do it myself.
Luckily, I found Solo Build It, which turned me from someone who knew absolutely nothing about building a website into someone with a thriving, full, and exciting website, Vegan-Nutritionista.com.
My experience while working on Vegan-Nutritionista.com taught me things I never imagined I'd be doing. Most importantly, I was able to help others find their path in the vegan world.
All along the way I've loved being able to share how awareness of our health and nutrition needs is tied to compassion for all living beings, and it's served to strengthen my conviction in the vegan lifestyle.
What I discovered was that there was a group of people, primarily women, who had questions about a part of veganism that is underdeveloped on the internet... vegan pregnancy and raising vegan children. We all want to know if it's safe and how to do it healthfully, and then how to instill the same values we hold so dear to our hearts in our children.
When I started Vegan Momma, I was just planning a family, but I now have three vegan children who have never touched an animal product in their lives. They're healthy, strong, and caring about all beings.
I'm not an expert-- what parent is?-- but I do love the life I'm living and I do hope I can share some of the tricks I've learned along the way. I truly hope you love my website and it brings peace and happiness to you in this special time of your life.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email me at Cathleen [at] vegan-momma.com