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NW VEG Volunteer Spotlight: Deanna Cintas

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October 30, 2009

Deanna is a new Northwest VEG board member and played a key role on the VegFest planning committee. Deanna is always willing to lend a hand and is so passionate for the veg cause. We are so thankful to have you as part of the team, Deanna!

How long have you been veg and why?
I have been vegan for a little more than three years, and before that I was pescetarian for about three years as well. I initially came to be pescetarian for environmental reasons, mainly after reading Howard Lyman's book The Mad Cowboy. It was after reading his second book, a couple years later, No More Bull, that I decided I was ready for the next step. Because I love pasta and sandwiches so much and I'm not a huge fan of nuts and seeds, I decided to choose the vegan lifestyle instead of the raw lifestyle.

What's on your dinner plate?
It varies, but my staple is potatoes. Today for breakfast I had cereal with pomegranate soymilk, and for lunch I had a dish with couscous, zucchini, and mint. Oddly enough, no potatoes.

How has being veg impacted your life?
Many of the friends I spend most of my time with are vegan. So the biggest impact has been bringing more people into my life. Choosing the vegan lifestyle has been one of the best choices I have ever made in my life for so many reasons. I feel liberated and inspired to do even more.

What has been your most memorable NW VEG volunteer experience?
I love to help out with the potlucks when I can. It was awesome to be able to help plan VegFest this year and I am equally as excited to be on the planning committee for the Compassionate Thanksgiving event coming up in November.

What is something about you people should know?
Should know? Hmm... if I am making a face at you, it is probably not intentional. The small muscles in my face have offended people without my permission before and I expect they are still as active as ever.

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