Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Vegan Bruh- Asad

It's a practice that takes time to perfect says this vegan bruh


How long have you been a vegan? Veganism was introduced to me many many years ago yet only until last year August is when I made that change in self to step into veganism. It's been about 10 months now and going strong.

Was transition easy? No, No, and No. Nineteen years of poor eating habits, the cultured based foods at home and my environment, and lack of will in self made it extremely difficult to change my ways of being vegan. It was a practice that took hard work and dedication. Luckily, my mates, many men and women helped me throughout my journey which led to me finally coming down to a consistent lifestyle.

Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? Remember, it's a practice that takes time to perfect. In this world eating meat is the norm. According to the North American Meat Institute: 8.6 billion chickens, 33.2 million cattle, 239.4 million turkeys, 2.3 million sheeps and lambs, and 112 million hogs were murdered for the consumption of men, women, and children. That is just by the meat and poultry industry.

American Meat companies consumed 25.8 billion pounds of beef, 23.3 billion pounds of pork, 5.8 billion pounds of turkey, 286 million pounds of veal, lamb, and mutton, 38.4 billion pounds of chicken.

We live in a society in which we are in a bubble this is our norm. Once you step out of that bubble, you're the weird one. You are the two sore thumbs. People will always ask you why you're vegan? Why do you "eat weird"? How come you're always looking at nutrition facts? You take forever to buy food. These questions will arise for those that cannot comprehend your lifestyle and choice. Stay strong, motivated, and remember why you made the decision to become vegan.

What's your favorite vegan recipe? I live more on plant based raw vegan lifestyle. Although, I do love smoothies. My favorite (depending on the day)

About 7-10 bananas, chia seeds, mango, strawberries, and some leafy spinach.

Black male vegans/vegetarians are rare but seems to be growing in popularity. Why do you think that is? I do believe it has to do with environments, strong will, knowledge, and being health conscious. I remember reading an article about a young black man about my age saying why he became vegan. Asare Ebenezer lived in the Republic of Ghana. He said, "There is a misconception that people who ignore meat in their diets will become deaf" when I read this it in turn made me think of my family and how "Soul Food" is a big part of my families culture, especially since our American roots rest down south.

Our black men and women are starting to realize that this way of living isn't so beneficial to our health in America. It's so easy to intake a high volume of sodium. The average American sodium intake is about 4,300 ML and the average intake should be around 2,300 ML a day. People want to be happy, live, and reap the benefits our world can bring us. Think of your body as a car.

Would you put the worst gas, worst oil, worst parts in your car knowing you'll need it to drive thousands and thousands and thousands of miles throughout your time driving it? Most people would obviously say no. That would only put them at a disadvantage and forcefully having to spend unnecessary money on parts that don't work because of poor maintenance. Eventually, causing one to spend money on parts for their car. Our bodies are the same, only difference is we can't buy another one.

Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? Vegans=Hippies? Hahaha. In all seriousness, being vegan opens up endless possibilities to the world that you'd never seen before. Eating meat, especially red meat puts you on a low frequency in which your senses aren't as heighten compared to someone with a more plant based diet could say otherwise. Can't knock it till you try it.

Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? Veganism as a whole has changed my life drastically. Sense are heighten, constantly have energy, life feels like I own life, instead of me living life day by day. I forgot to mention, THERE ARE OTHERS LIKE US! The social network has made it even easier to reach out for those that are like you and in turn, you should never feel that your vegan journey is yours to take alone because you are never alone. You have us :)

Is there anything you like to add? I highly recommend anyone to try veganism for 7 days. Go see your doctor and if you can't see your doctor for whatever reason, Google is your best nurse at any given moment. Google a calorie counter and figure out what you'll need to sustain a healthy lifestyle for a week. Buy plenty of fruits and veggies. For those that workout like me and need a great source of protein, which seems to be the most frequent question I get. There are plenty of ways to sustain a high protein diet.

Tofu- Average protein 10g per servings (judging on a 2,000 calorie diet)

Black Turtle Beans- 1 cup (184G) 39g of protein

Soy Milk- 1 cup (243g) 6g of protein

Green Peas- 1 cup (145g) 8g of protein

Oatmeal- 1 cup (243g) 6g of protein

Seeds- Varies depending on seeds

Pumpkin Seeds- 1 cup (64g) 12g of protein

Sunflower Seeds- 1 cup (140g) 29g of protein

Dark Leafy Greens- Depends on greens

Broccoli- 4.6g of protein

Kale- 1 cup (67g) 2.9g of protein

These are all based on 2,000 calorie diet. Google is your best nurse.

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