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Vegetarian Awareness Month Exclusive: CNN Anchor Nicole Lapin

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nicole-lapin-8th-operation-smile-gala-15As many of you might already know, October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! WOO!

Here at the Razz we’re super fancy and like to celebrate our holidays in style. Therefore, each Friday your favorite blog (us…duh!) is going to interview your favorite plant-powered celebs and find out why they choose to go VEG. Ringing in our first week is none other than CNN anchor Nicole Lapin.

It’s rare for me to meet somebody younger than I (just barely) who’s been vegetarian longer — but what can I say? Nicole has me beat! Lapin is an anchor on CNN.com Live and regularly appears on CNN Headline News, CNN, and CNN International. She joined the network in 2006 and is currently the face of “Young People Who Rock” — a weekly interview series focused on people under 30 who are doing remarkable things. Pretty neat!

So without further ado, I’m pleased as vegan punch to introduce you to the very talented, very veggie, Nicole Lapin.

Ecorazzi: How long have you been vegetarian/vegan?

Nicole Lapin: 13 years vegetarian. 6 years vegan.

E: What first inspired you to adopt this diet?

NL: I grew up with a farm — not on a farm — but my family had two of a lot of different types of animals — pigs, chickens, rabbits — Noah’s Ark-style…seriously.  I went veg when I was old enough to equate the pets we had with what was on my plate.

E: In three words tell me why you’re a vegetarian/vegan.

NL: Because I care.

E: What’s been the most rewarding part of going VEG?

NL: Vegan cookies!

E: What’s been the most challenging?

NL: Business meals and traveling abroad.

E: What’s one tip you’d give  for somebody who might be interested in transitioning to a more plant-based diet?

NL:  Sometimes it’s not what’s on the table, it’s who’s at it. Don’t make a fuss when options are limited. Learn how to be creative when you go out with non-vegetarians. Look at all the side dishes on a menu and remember the kitchen has those things to “soup up”  a salad or to prepare as a side dish.

E: If you had the chance to meet one person who you’ve found specifically instrumental in the vegetarian community – dead or alive, past or present – who would it be and why?

NL: No brainer- Albert Einstein. I would love to ask him what he was noshing on in the lab.

A big thank you to Nicole for taking time out of her busy schedule to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month with us. You can learn more about all her important work at CNN.com.

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