Interview: Alicia Wheelock Gets Her Protein from Soda

aliciawheelockAlicia Wheelock does it all, and then some. She improvises, she writes, she directs, she teaches. If it’s a fun and quality theater project, there’s a good chance she’s involved – and if she’s not, it might be because there are sexist, racist or otherwise bigoted tones in the piece, which Alicia does not approve of because she’s a caring, knowledgeable, compassionate advocate for many social issues as well! She’s an all-around fun and amazing person, and I consider myself lucky to know her and have worked on projects with her. Alicia would be the perfect woman. If only she were vegan.

Meet Alicia Wheelock.

What is your name?
Alicia Wheelock

How long have you been a non-vegan?
If you count the time I went vegan for a week in 2011, two years and ten months. If you don’t count that, 25.6 years.

Why have you decided not to be vegan? Describe your journey to veganism and where you got stalled.

  1. Blue cheese crumbles.
  2. I’ve flirted with veganism several times throughout the past few years. I already don’t love meat and I don’t eat a lot of it. I get soy in my iced coffee every day. But I guess I’m lazy. Eggs are used to make a lot of things. I’m sure that my cupboard is filled with things that aren’t vegan right now, but appear to be. I’ve got several boxes of rice. Don’t tell me my boxed rice isn’t vegan!? Confession: I had cheese bread for dinner last night.
  3. I wouldn’t want to have to tell my parents. It would turn into so many questions.

Where do you get your protein?
Chances are I don’t get my protein. Does Diet Coke have protein?

What vegan food do you fear you’re missing out on as a non-vegan?
Legumes. Because I have no idea what they are.

Do you eat fish? You eat fish, right?
I forget about fish. Is it expensive? Maybe that’s why I forget about it.

alicia-dogAre there any animals in your life, such as pets or funny neighborhood squirrels? Tell us a story about them.
I have a dog named Scout (aliases include: Scoutty McPretty, Scout Master Pete and Sk-owww-uut). He’s chasing his tail right now. It’s cute… but unfortunately I think it’s because the dog park made him itch.

What do you do for fun besides eating meat and dairy?
I browse the World Wide Web a lot. What can I say?! I’m a 21st century lady!

Do you have any upcoming projects you want to plug?
I’ve got some free time coming up if anyone wants to hang out.

Make up a question of your own and answer it.
What is your most attractive quality?
I can fall asleep any where. It doesn’t matter if it’s bright or loud.

Song: “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” By Ed Sheeran
Recipe: Vegan Coca-Cola Cake with Fudgy Frosting

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