Alyson has been vegetarian for 13 years and vegan for 3. Her passion for animals and her interest in healthy eating converged when she chose to become vegan. Making this change resulted in her losing 30 lbs of fat, gaining 15 lbs of muscle, and her asthma has almost completely disappeared! Alyson is a graphic design major who hopes to get into interactive educational media. She spends her free time hiking with her four dogs (all rescues), working out with her boyfriend, and painting. Her favorite indulgence is dinner at the vegan gourmet Japanese restaurant Shojin in Little Tokyo.