Spotlight: Marco Antonio Regil

Enfoque: Marco Antonio Regil

Ubicación: Sur de California

Ocupación: He sido un conductor de televisión por 30 años

¿Qué te inspiró a adoptar una dieta vegana?
Inicialmente, fueron los animales. Estaba aprendiendo inglés y contraté a un profesor de voz, y no sabía que él era uno de los más grandes activistas veganos en el área y un gran amante de los animales. Mientras trabajábamos juntos, poco a poco me dio información sobre los animales, el planeta y la salud. Sobre todo, fue la crueldad de los animales lo que me impacto más. Me dirigió a sitios web y documentales. Vi "Glass Walls" de PeTA, y eso fue todo-lloré como un bebé, me rompió el corazón, y no pude seguir siendo parte de ese estilo de vida.  

¿Notaste alguna diferencia mental o física después de cambiar a una dieta vegana?
Estaba saliendo de la dieta de Atkin cuando me convertí en un vegano, tenia acné y no me sentía bien. Luego perdí 30 libras y me sentí muy bien. Tenía más energía, y ahora es rara la vez que tengo un resfriado. Si miras una foto de mí de hace 9 años en comparación con ahora me veo igual, y  incluso la gente me dice que me veo mejor.

¿Estás afiliado con alguna organización relacionada con el veganismo?
¡Con Todas! Trabajo en estrecha colaboración con PeTA; juntos creamos PeTALatino.com donde hemos estado traduciendo una gran cantidad de materiales y publicando videos. Hicimos un video donde fuimos al este de Los Ángeles para romper los mitos de ser vegano y hasta ofrecí tacos de jackfruit a la gente. Hicimos un vídeo vegano de compras en el este de la ciudad para que la gente no pueda decir que el veganismo es sólo para la gente rica.

También trabajo con Mercy for Animals, una organización mexicana llamada Animal Heroes, Humane Society y Animal Equality.

¿Tienes un libro o una película que le recomendarías a alguien que esté interesado en aprender más sobre el veganismo?
Si se trata de la salud, Forks Over Knives, sobre todo porque la mayoría de personas se preocupan por su propia salud.

"Glass Walls" con Paul McCartney es sólo 15 minutos, y luego si quieres algo mas profundo, ve Earthlings.

Restaurante favorito: Trilogy Sanctuary en San Diego es increíble.

¿Dónde sueles comprar tus alimentos?
Voy a las cooperativas, Whole Foods, una cadena llamada Jimbo en el sur de California. Recientemente empecé a usar ThriveMarket.com. Últimamente me encuentro haciendo un montón de compras allí.

Dinos una de tus metas de la vida.
Quiero pedalear el mundo entero. Soy un ciclista y pronto haré mis primeras 100 millas por los animales en Cozumel.  Me gustaría viajar por todas partes con mi bicicleta y comer deliciosa comida vegana.

¿Qué es un consejo que te gustaría ofrecer a alguien interesado en la transición a una dieta basada en plantas?
Cuando quieras hacer cambios, si deseas que duren, tienes que comprometerte como si fuera un cambio de estilo de vida y no una dieta. Empieza a leer,  a ver documentales y encuentra apoyo. Tienes que ser paciente contigo mismo—sea que necesites días, meses o años. Cuando puedas reprogramar tu subconsciente, entonces el cambio durará y se hará automático.

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Name: Marco Antonio Regil

Current location: Southern CA

Occupation: I've been a Spanish-speaking television host for 30 years

What inspired you to transition to a plant-based diet?
Initially, it was the animals. I was learning English and I hired a speech coach, and little did I know, he was one of the biggest plant-based activists in the LA area and a big animal lover. As we worked together, he would sneak in information about animals, the planet, and health. It was mostly the cruelty to animals that shocked me. He would direct me to websites or documentaries, and I watched "Glass Walls" by PETA, and that was it. I cried like a baby -- it broke my heart, and I couldn't continue being a part of it anymore.

Did you notice any mental or physical differences after you switched to a plant-based diet?
I was coming out of the Atkin's diet when I went vegan, and my skin was breaking out and I wasn't feeling good. Then I lost 30 pounds and I felt great. I had more energy, and now I rarely get a cold. If you look at a picture of me from 9 years ago compared to now, I look the same, and people tell me I even look better.

Are you affiliated with any vegan-related organizations?
All of them! I work closely with PETA; we created PetaLatino.com where we have been translating a lot of materials and posting videos. We made a video where we went to east LA to crush the myths of being vegan and offered jackfruit tacos to people. We did a vegan shopping video in east LA so people can't say it's only for rich people. 

I also work with Mercy for Animals, a Mexican organization called Animal Heroes, the Humane Society, and Animal Equality.

Do you have a book or film you'd recommend to someone who's interested in learning more about veganism?
If it's about health, Forks Over Knives, especially since most people care about their own health. 

"Glass Walls" with Paul McCartney is only 15 minutes, and then if you want to get deeper, watch Earthlings. 

Favorite Restaurant: Trilogy Sanctuary in San Diego is amazing.

Where do you typically buy groceries?
I go to co-ops, Whole Foods, a chain called Jimbo's in southern CA. Recently I started using ThriveMarket.com. I find myself doing a lot of shopping there lately.

Tell us one thing on your bucket list.
I want to pedal the whole world. I'm a cyclist and doing my first 100 miles for the animals in Cozumel soon. I would like to travel everywhere with my bike and eat delicious vegan food.

What's one piece of advice you'd offer someone interested in transitioning to a plant-based diet?
When you want to make changes, if you want them to last, you have to engage it as a lifestyle change and not a diet. Start reading, start watching documentaries, find support. Be patient with yourself whether you need days, months or years. When you can reprogram your subconscious mind, then the change will last and become automatic.

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Twin Cities Veg Fest Spotlight: Pamela Ziemann

Name: Pamela Ziemann

City: Sequim, WA on the Olympic Peninsula.

Occupation: Solo Performer, Educator, Author

What inspired you to switch to a plant-based diet?
I loved talking with cows when I was growing up. They were the best listeners ever! I saw one of them with a broken leg being pulled onto a trailer. My dad encouraged me to ride along and see the butchering process. It was the most insensitive thing I’d ever witnessed. Later, my mom was serving lasagna and I realized it was the cow I’d seen, my friend, being butchered.  That’s when I stopped eating meat. I can still see the fear in her eyes and that was about 4 decades ago.

Like many people, I didn’t make the dairy connection until years later. What inspired me to go vegan was my workout buddy who decided to stop eating all animal products. I told her I’d try it with her for 21 days. Having her as an accountability partner made all the difference. After the 21 days, I completely lost my appetite for dairy and eggs.

About the same time, I saw the documentary Peaceable Kingdom.
The moment I saw Snickers (the cow) bump into Harold Brown’s chest ‘breaking him open’ my heart opened too. I related at a core level when he talked about how farm kids are expected to turn off their feelings when it comes to certain animals. It was ok to love a dog, but cows, pigs and chickens didn’t seem to matter.

Did you notice any physical or mental differences after transitioning to a plant-based diet?
In the beginning, I was just avoiding animal products and still eating a lot of processed food. I didn’t notice a huge difference. But, when I went whole-foods, plant-based, the pounds dropped off. Now when I avoid oil and sugar I notice my joints feel better.
Something shifted in my mind as well. It’s one of those things that’s a little tricky to describe. 
Someone told me once they had more mental clarity when they went vegan. I thought to myself, “What are they talking about? I have mental clarity!”

Then when I went vegan, I knew exactly what they were talking about. Like a veil dropped. The veil that protected me from seeing what I was doing that wasn’t aligned with my values. That’s when the mental clarity about every aspect of my life opened up.
What I’ve noticed is that this lifestyle is much more than just food choices. By witnessing and respecting all life, I feel more respect for myself and that I matter.

Are you affiliated with any vegan-related organizations?
Port Townsend and Beyond Vegan Meetup (Washington State)

What do you do to stay physically active?
I walk my dog Ruby every day and sometimes chase her around the house. I also play table tennis, it’s great exercise mentally and physically. There’s a 91-year-old woman where I play who still kicks my butt. (Not every game though.)

Is there a book or movie you’d like to encourage people to check out regarding veganism?
Movies: Year of the Dog to watch with family members who don’t understand why you’re vegan (if you did it for animals). It’s poignant, not preachy, and at the same time, playfully honest.

I also recommend Iron Jawed Angels (free on YouTube) It’s not a vegan movie but I think activists can learn a lot from it. It’s a true story that was kept out of our history books. It documents how women got the right to vote, how they stayed inspired, what they had to go through and how they were smart about making changes in society where people didn’t want to change. All of this can be applied to veganism.

Forks Over Knives for people who are concerned about their health, Cowspiracy for people who are concerned about the environment, and Peaceable Kingdom for animal lovers.

Book: World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle. He covers all aspects of veganism, even some you may not have thought about.

Favorite local restaurant: When I’m in Minneapolis I enjoy the cornmeal crusted black bean burger with homemade guacamole on a sprouted organic bun at French Meadow on Lyndale Ave. However, looking at the Herbivorous Butcher menu, it may become my new favorite! When I find a place that’s ALL vegan I feel happier eating there.

Favorite place to buy groceries: I’m thankful for the St. Peter Food Coop. It’s halfway between the Minneapolis airport and my parents' farm in Fairmont and is a good place to stock up on organic and local products. They have sprouts and micro greens, too!

Tell us one thing on your bucket list: To perform my full one-woman show at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2017.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer someone who is working on the transition to a plant-based diet?
Hang out with as many veg-friendly, uplifting people as possible. You can find them at meetup groups or plant-based cooking classes. If that’s not available to you, watch uplifting documentaries and stay focused on the reasons you’re making a plant-based diet your goal.

You can see Pamela speak at Twin Cities VegFest on October 30 at 1:30pm. Learn more about Pamela on her website: pamelaziemann.com

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