Do You Know How Hard I Tried To Come Up With A Pun Using The Word “FAQ” As The Eff Word, But In A Way That Wasn’t At All Offensive? Really Hard!

April 16th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my poll last week, both by voting and by leaving your amazing comments and suggestions. There were over 1,000 votes (!!!), and that was so helpful. I learned a lot, and mostly – and most delightfully – it really reinforced that I am on the right track and should continue to trust my instincts. So, yay! THANK YOU!

So in that same vein, I have one more favor to ask. Damian and I are actually in the midst of a huge site redesign, and one of the new features will be a static FAQ page. I get a lot of emails, and I often end up answering the same questions over and over again. And I know that emails only represent a fraction of the people who are curious, so I think it will be great to have some of the more interesting and popular queries all compiled in one place.

What I need from you is . . . questions!

What questions would you like to see answered? They can be personal or not at all personal, anything from “Why do you wear your hair in those weird dog-ear buns?” to “I went vegan a month ago and now I feel like I’m always starving – what’s up?”

I’d loooove to hear from you, so please please, ask away! You can leave your questions in the comments, or you can email me at info AT bonzaiaphrodite DOT com, whichever you prefer. And if you see that somebody’s already asked your question, don’t forget to hit the little “upvote” (this symbol: ^) under their comment to let me know it’s an extra popular question.

Thanks so much guys!

  • Meghan

    It is totally cheaper to order in bulk from an Australian pharmacy if you utilize condoms with any sort of frequency!

  • Meghan

    Not a particularly deep question, but hen did you start giving Waits green juice? (Anya has never had fruit juice, but I’ve occasionally given her carrot-kale)

  • Meghan

    Yes, this! And vegan parenting in general!

  • Gillian Ellchuk Stohler

    Hi Sayward, you rock! You always seem to have the answers to the questions on my mind, but I usually have to dig deep within the blog to find them! This FAQ is a great idea. Would love to see a Q about home-made cleaning supplies (i.e. links to all your great cleaning recipes, plus how to use baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, etc. around the house). Maybe a similar one with links to your home-made personal care products. Hugs!

  • Mindy

    How do you handle friends, family and coworkers who love to make fun of what you eat or don’t eat and want to argue with you about it and tell you that everything you think is wrong. They’ll even make animal noises as they’re eating in front of you and talk about how the animal they’re eating was killed and laugh about it. Do you have suggestions about how to deal with these type of things from people that are in your everyday life?

  • Meg Travis-Carr

    Aspiring Vegan here – I’ve been off and on vegetarian all of my life and did not really awaken to the reasons *why* I was not comfortable eating meat until a few years ago. Therefore, when we met, my husband, then boyfriend, knew me as an omnivore. He was raised in a VERY meat and potatoes family, but he is an extremely kind, supporting, and compassionate individual, so this change in *my* diet has been a difficult one, but one that he supports. However, changing to a vegan diet is proving to be much more difficult while he still eats meat. I was wondering if Damien was vegan when you met him, or if you were or weren’t, and if you two had a transitional period with your diets, or, if you knew any stories of people in similar situations. It’d be great to hear some stories about transitioning couples and how to navigate those lifestyle changes.

  • Rachel Fesperman

    I’d love to see you engage some of the issues surrounding vegan parenting. How you address questions Waits has, how you interact with non-vegans who are skeptical or critical, and your plans for raising Waits as a vegan. Thanks Sayward!

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  • Leslie

    We were at Earth Day Sunday with the whole wedding crew, sorry I did not see you and Waits. Santa Barbara is heaven!!!! Let me know if you ever make it down to the Laguna area,,,, I really would love to see you again.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oh no, that’s a bummer we missed each other! We were there literally all day long, I was sure our paths would cross. Ah well, next time!

  • Mathilde

    In terms of juicing – how do you ensure that both yourself & Waits aren’t consuming too much sugar? I’ve recently started juicing & am worried about this.

    & would definitely be interested in more info on how you supplement, specific vitamins and more generally – particularly about whether you use synthesised supplements – is it worth even using these etc?

    What are the basic essentials in terms of vitamin supplementation for optimal vegan health?

    Love your blog, thanks!

  • Keleigh Friedrich

    Hi Sayward, love your blog and just did a google search to see if you ever wrote about birth control. I had the Mirena IUD inserted 4 months ago (was VERY hesitant to do anything with hormones – have been hormonally all natural for 10 years – but had ample encouragement from my doc), after hearing some negative stories from friends about the copper IUD. Any plans to open up the BC discussion on Bonzai Aphrodite? Just wanting some insight and support around the intersection of natural lifestyle and effective birth control…

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hi Keleigh, so I don’t think that I’ll have a post on BC any time soon, but I can tell you that the copper IUD is my number one rec for non-hormonal BC. Not “natural” per se, but at least it’s not pumping your body full of artificial hormones.

    That said, if you have a Mirena and it’s working for you, then that’s awesome. Plenty of people have great experiences with hormonal BC and I would never try to make them feel bad for that! But for me, hormones never worked, and just messed with me more than they helped. So for me, the copper IUD was awesome.

    These days I mostly use an iPhone app to chart my cycles and work with that. It is definitely NOT the most full-proof method, but I’m clear on what I would do in case of accidental pregnancy and it’s what works for me now. I find the app charting to be incredibly effective and very accurate. So it’s been great for the past few years.

    Again, I hesitate to officially recommend this method because it’s statistically not as effective as BC. But yeah, that’s been working for me.

    Hope that helps!