Here’s what you probably know about Mayim Bialik: in the early nineties she played Blossom Russo on NBC’s hit show Blossom. Now here’s what you don’t know: today she’s a super green vegan who’s helping to make the world a better place!
Yesterday afternoon we had the chance to sit down with Mayim and chat about all things eco. We also got an extra special discount code from our friends at the Go Green Expo so that all of our LA readers can go meet Mayim. Simply visit GoGreenExpo.com and enter discount code: Ecorazzi. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Check out our exclusive interview below!
Ecorazzi: How did you get involved with the Go Green Expo?
Mayim Bialik: I’m the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network and so I’ve been really blessed to do a lot of great publicity for them. I’ll be doing a Meet and Greet at their booth at the Go Green Expo. I’m also serving on a panel about environmentally conscious children, which I can’t say I’m necessary an expert on, but there are certain things I’ve been trying to do –- mainly with our four-year-old –- to give him a concept that our purpose on this planet is not just to consume. Obviously we need to consume some, but there are limits and things we need to think about.
E: Speaking of kids, we reported last year that you used a method called “Elimination Communication” to help potty train your children. Tell me a little about that.
MB: For those of us who practice E.C, we don’t even consider it potty training — it’s more parent training. The idea is that babies are born giving signals when they need to go to the bathroom, and if you learn them, you can reinforce those signals so that they get stronger and the child shows a very strong preference to not using a diaper.
There are a lot of different levels to it, but one is a green level. Forget the conversation about cloth or disposable — we’ve now moved into almost not needing diapers after the first year. It’s pretty incredible.
E: Besides living green, you also eat green! In fact, you’re vegan. How and why did you make that choice?
MB: I became vegetarian when I was 19 and as of the New Year I am totally vegan. Before, I was eating trace amounts of animal products and was very weary to call myself a vegan. I have a lot of true vegan friends and in their circles I was always hesitant to use that term. As you know, there’s a lot of politicization around veganism. However, it’s now my truth. I don’t even wear leather.
E: What made you finally decide to go from vegetarian to vegan?
MB: My husband and I just finished reading the Jonathan Safran Foer book Eating Animals and that just pushed me over the top. I didn’t eat fish, chicken, meat or dairy for years, but if there was a birthday cake or something, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. But once I read the book, the full portrait of what was going on really moved me more than I even wanted to be moved. I mean it sent me to a whole other level — my husband, as well. He calls himself a reluctant vegetarian. We’re just having a really hard time reconciling what we read with forgetting, which is what Safran-Foer says you have to do if you want to go back to the way you were — you have to forget the truth.
E: I know you’re Jewish and very serious about your faith. Do you think there’s a connection between spirituality, environmentalism and plant-based living?
MB: I do. There is a strong wave of Jewish vegetarians and there is a pretty large movement, if you’re in a progressive synagogue and an environmental-friendly community, to only serve vegetarian. That’s happening more and more. You know in the Old Testament Adam and Eve are vegetarians, and in Judaism there is a strong indication that we are responsible for each other and for our planet. So some of us also make the choice to be vegan as an environmental statement.
There are even some Jewish communities that are saying a kosher factory should lose its certification if the meat is prepared in an environment where workers are not treated well. These are huge concepts.
We have a tradition that goes back thousands of years about how to treat animals as best we can. Factory farming didn’t exist thousands of years ago, much less a hundred years ago. So I think it’s very interesting that as archaic as some people think traditional Judaism is, we are still trying to stay current with what is going on.
The reality of factory farming knocked me on my butt, and I consider myself a pretty educated, current person. So it might take a little time, but it’s a really strong statement that progressive communities are starting to say that not eating meat is a good thing to do for the world. Even if people start with not eating meat at a temple event, they could see that you can eat a full, balanced and possibly even healthier meal and that it can be equally delicious.
A great big thank you to Mayim Bialik for taking the time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us for a chat! Don’t forget to visit GoGreenExpo.com and get your tickets to the show!