A vegan bruh who is back on track with a purpose
How long have you been a vegan? I was vegan for two years previously, but I kind of feel out of the routine. Since last December though I'm back on track with a purpose.
Was transition easy? Well, yes. I've been a vegetarian for a quarter of my life. So making the jump to full vegan wasn't too difficult. My crossing of the rubicon was getting a bad case of food poisoning from dairy, which was really life changing. I was never much of a meat eater even as a kid. But I always liked cheese even though it caused me massive sinus issues. I've been making an unintentional transition into veganism since being an adolescent for my own personal reasons and even if it's been slow, health is a marathon not a sprint.
Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? It's hard to stay strict to the dietary restriction if you don't have principles and reasons for your decision. Find a strong reason or belief and use that to empower yourself into following the vegan path every day. Also when starting off the transition shouldn't be drastic. Ease your way into it and slowly eliminate foods as you go. Whether it's for health or for more philosophical reasons, finding a purpose for what you're doing will always enhance your ability to perform.
What's your favorite vegan recipe? I really don't have any in particular. I follow a mostly fruitarian diet. So, I normally just eat raw fruits and vegetables (unless I'm eating out with friends). Bananas make up most of my diet and I enjoy nice ripened oranges. Otherwise, I don't prepare that much food at all.
Black male vegans/vegetarians are rare but seems to be growing in popularity. Why do you think that is? It seems like people are becoming more educated as to what they are putting into their bodies, and the internet makes the world a much smaller place to live in. I'm sure that has something to do with it. There are also more vocal celebrity's like Beyonce and Wendy Williams, openly talking about their vegan lifestyle and how it has impacted their lives.
Plant based lifestyles are currently trendy in Hollywood like how yoga has been for awhile now and I'm happy to see more black people educated about veganism and vegetarianism. To me, it's not about being cool or hip, but if that's what it takes to expose veganism to a new generation of people then I'm perfectly cool with it.
Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? Vegans come in all different weights, shapes, and sizes. People have a precognition about vegans that we're all skinny fitness gurus with zero body fat. I've even witnessed people fat shaming vegans before because of that idea, but the truth is that everyone is different. The vegan lifestyle impacts everyone in different ways. Every vegan I've met has different reasons for becoming vegan in the first place. Vegans are still people and like every other type of person we're not all the same.
Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? The vegan diet mainly impacted my health which is the best part about it for me. I can breathe more clearly through my nostrils which I haven't been able to do for what seems my entire life. I noticed how different people treat me now since I drastically lost weight, which is eye opening. It's sometimes hard to find food after a music gig so I usually just pack some oranges for a post show snack. Also, buying shoes for BMX has always been difficult. In the past, I would go through vegan friendly shoes extremely fast due to the wear and tear flatland put on them. But I recently found a decent brand and model, which just shows that veganism is getting more and more practical for the modern person.
Is there anything you like to add? I want to thank CluelessCurl for this opportunity and also let people know my latest music video, "Post" is now out on Self Educated Vinyl's YouTube Page.
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