Living in the vegetarian co-op, Prana House, back in the '70s changed my life. I had my food consciousness awakened, became a vegetarian, and learned to cook. That led to working in a small natural foods store and eventually to me and [then girlfriend] Renee Lawson opening our first store, Safer Way. Back then, eating natural, vegetarian foods meant lots of cooked grains, beans, fruits, and veggies. Over time I drifted away from such basics and toward gourmet foods, but six years ago I became a vegan, and now I'm back to a very simple diet. I've come full circle to where I was 30 years ago, minus the cheese, dairy, and eggs that I ate then.