All vegans are not extreme says this vegan bruh
How long have you been a vegan? I have been a vegan for almost 5 months.
Was transition easy? Yes, for me the process was very easy as I had been more easily described as a vegetarian for 8 years. I did eat fish 1 or 2 times a month some years but it was very limited. I will admit however, I thought that giving up cheese and dairy would be the END of me until I learned of the cruelty involved and how it was made. I've never looked back and I don't even indulge in vegan cheeses.
Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? Yes, Information is king. Arm yourself with the facts and internalize them. Do not adhere to the status quo of what a vegan is supposed to look like. You can be a vegan for your health, the environment, or the animals. I personally find it to be a matter of all of them combined with my personal health being of the utmost importance.
Without health we cannot be an impact on any of the other matters. There is a dogma surrounding what vegans are supposed to say, think, act, and do. My greatest piece of advice is to simply know who you are as an informed individual and know why being vegan is your choice/commitment. Always be a student and it also helps to connect with other vegans within your community. I started my channel to connect with other vegans because outside of my wife I didn't know of any others.
I feel that information combined with like minded relationships can help you on your journey a great deal.
What's your favorite vegan recipe? My favorite vegan recipe right now is a cauliflower, potato, carrot, bean, and onion curry on quinoa. Just made it up after I was at an Indian wedding and LOVE IT!
Black male vegans/vegetarians are rare but seems to be growing in popularity. Why do you think that is? I think that it is mostly due to mediums such as Instagram, YouTube, and blogs like this. When you can see that it is possible to live on veggies and fruits from others like you it helps you to make the decision. On a broader scale it all boils down to information. The info that is now available for everyone makes it easier for us to understand and learn about the lifestyle, thus helping us to envision how we can adopt it and work it into our own lives.
Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? All vegans are not extreme. The problem I think people are speaking of when they use the term extreme is that they are speaking to the more popular voices in the vegan community. These voices are seen as passionate by their supporters but extreme by others. I first was turned off from veganism for that same reason. Everywhere I looked there was someone being obnoxious and confrontational about the vegan message.
What I've learned as I've grown is that everyone is different and that generalization of a group is natural but it is a process that we need to break. In short, being called vegan is just a label, it is up to you to define what being vegan is for you. If you allow others to do it for you then what worth is there in living it out? Not all vegans are the same.
Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? Tremendously. I had a condition know as tinea versicolor. It is a skin discoloration due to an overgrowth of fungus that is present in everyone's body. After going to several dermatologists over the span of 10 years getting topical treatments, pills, and even the recommendation of tanning (yes in a tanning bed... smh) I had just learned to live with it. I did not consider that being vegan would clear my skin up because as a vegetarian I thought that I was already eating very healthy.
After only 1 month of being vegan I saw a major difference. My energy levels are high. I was never a morning person and here it is on a Saturday morning and I am up at 7:00am (I often find that I beat my alarm clock and wake up before it goes off). I had surgery on my knee 2 years ago and have had chronic pain that has gone away. My mental clarity is more prevalent.
I have effortlessly lost weight. Less body odor. The impact reaches far beyond health as well. I know that I am doing my part in relation to the big picture.
Is there anything you like to add? Be patient/tolerant with your meat eating friends, family, and acquaintances. Know when you should administer tough love concerning their choices and when not to. Best practice is to not turn EVERY conversation into a debate over their lifestyle. Know who you are and stay true to that.