10 July 2012

Interview with 'The Big Bang Theory' star and vegan Mayim Bialik

By now, you have seen the Time Magazine cover; you know, the one with the mother nursing her son standing on a chair (which by the way, doesn't happen). This photo stirred up quite the frenzy. Just about the same amount of controversy as the new book of well known actress Mayim Bialik, who believes in the foundation of attachment parenting.

You may have also seen "The Big Bang Theory" star speak about her book Beyond the Sling recently in several interviews including The Today Show and The View. While her book is amazing and I truely learned a few things from it, there are several other things that you may not know, like that she is vegan!

The child star blossomed (no pun intended) into an adult actress and managed to avoid the added drama that goes along with a celebrity status.

In my interview with Mayim, she shares why she became vegan and how she raises her children on a compassionate diet:

In your book, you mention that your mother would not feed you milk from other animals as a young child, but you weren’t raised vegan, is that right?

The Concept of vegan didn’t occur to her, vegan hadn’t reached Manhattan in 1974, but she knew out of primitive instinct not to feed us milk of another animal.

My parents became vegetarian a few years ago. They wanted an easier environment for their grandkids, to be able to eat whatever they had at their house and stuff like that.

When and why did you become vegan?

I had a taste aversion to meat at 19, and there were some foods I had never eaten since I was kosher at the time, like lobster or shellfish of any kind. I have always been an animal lover, and always felt guilty eating meat. I cut out dairy in college, and have never had sinus infections, or been on antibiotics since then. Before, I used to sneeze all the time. I dabbled in dairy a bit, and when my first son was born he was allergic to it from receiving it through my breast milk. After my second son was born, I was still eating eggs until I read Eating Animals and that was the end of that. I got my husband to read it and he went vegan not long ago. It has been about 4 years since I have been a total hard core vegan.

I don’t want to feel like I want to not do something but am not consistent enough to give something up and I don’t want to have to find out where the line is, I just erase the line altogether. For example, I don’t want to have to wonder if these eggs are free range, I just don’t eat them at all. (Her comment about “erasing the line” is my favorite by far!)

How do you explain veganism to Fred and Miles?

I just tell them that this is the way we eat. It’s what our pediatrician, and Mommy and Daddy believe grows the best bodies and brains for the two of them. I do not want them making comparisons to others and don’t want them to go around saying that we are healthier than others.

Our kids have broad interesting fantastic set of foods that we do eat; we love Asian, Mexican, and Italian foods, we definitely aren’t limited in our selections.

(Mayim told me about a vegan hostess type cupcake known as the “Faux-stress Cupcake” served at Real Food Daily, located in Southern California. After having had check out their website, it is now on my to-do list to check them out! Thanks Mayim!)

For Mayim's opinions on other topics such as her book and acting, the full interview is available on Veg Writing Momma's website.

Laeticia Butler | @Vegwritingmomma | Facebook | Blog
Baltimore, MD After suffering with health issues for two years, Laeticia became a vegan and was able to go from barely walking to running half marathons. She became well aware of the cruelty to animals through research during her life change. In doing so, Laeticia discovered a newfound love and respect for animals and works hard to teach her son why we don't eat them. She is currently training for her first marathon. One of Laeticia's goals as a writer and blogger is to help motivate others to living a healthier lifestyle through a healthy diet and fitness.

Photo credit:Denise Herrick Borchert