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Meet Erica Moseley of Yep That’s Vegan in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Moseley.

Erica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I became vegan overnight after suffering for years with stomach issues. I made the decision to either eliminate all animal products from my diet or have the doctor put a tube down my throat to see why my body wasn’t able to digest food properly.

So in January 9th, 2017 I went vegan and I haven’t look back since…it was by far the best decision I’d made for my health body and mind. After about a week after I eliminated all animal products from my diet not only did my stomach feel amazing but my overall health felt amazing and restored. I couldn’t believe that one day I was eating bacon by the pound to now becoming nauseous by the smell of bacon cooking.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I wouldn’t say it’s been completely smooth but it’s definitely been full of learning experiences. Maintaining a plant-based/vegan lifestyle takes planning. I had to learn how to eat out at restaurants and not be “that vegan” and complain that the restaurant doesn’t offer vegan options. I had to learn how to read the menu thoroughly and ask questions a certain way when speaking to a restaurant server. I also had to understand that sometimes it’s not about the food but it’s about the company and the experience. I also had to learn how to prepare for gatherings with family or friends. I found myself eating beforehand or taking a dish to share to ensure that I had something to eat. You learn these tips after going to gatherings at a friend’s house hungry and leaving hungry.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I created Yep That’s Vegan to show people they don’t have to go to fancy grocery stores to live a vegan/plant based lifestyle. My Instagram page is full of easy recipes that everyone will love including your meat eater family members and you won’t break the bank. I don’t use crazy ingredients like unicorn tears and the meals I share don’t require you to be in the kitchen for hours. My meals are for new vegans, vegan vets, transitioning vegans, people on a budget and vegans in a family full of meat eaters. What sets me apart is that I’m an average person who has a family, works a full-time job and just doesn’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen or the grocery store. I’m different because I understand meat eaters because I was one for years and I understand that people transition to a plant-based/vegan lifestyle in their own way. I’m not asking people to go vegan overnight…I’m just asking them to take it one vegan meal at a time. I’m asking them to educate themselves because when we know better, we do better.

What were you like growing up?
Loud. Silly. Funny. Likable. — Oh wait…you said growing up and not what I’m like now! Welp guess some things don’t change too much because I was and still am those things. I’ve also always been interested in cooking. I remember being eight years old and cooking. Not because I had to but because I enjoyed it. I would cook and tell my mom I made a meal called “Erica Surprise”. She would smile and say “uh oh” but she’d eat it…she was probably tossing it in the trash behind my back but she pretended like it was tasty. I was a rough kid who loved to play outside and was always camera ready.

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