JoAnna Lewis-Ludkowski works at the family-owned Outage Bar and Grill in Ottawa, where she occasionally prepares meatless meals.
Because of food allergies, Ludkowski is a gluten-free vegan, which means she eats no animal products.
“I was vegetarian in high school by choice because I didn’t miss meat in my diet,” Ludkowski told The Times. “During pregnancy of my first son, I added meat to my diet when I became anemic. I love to cook, so I do not feel it is difficult to prepare meatless meals, and I enjoy trying new recipes.”
She noted eating out and attending holiday parties present the greatest challenge when trying to maintain a meat-free lifestyle.