Was transition easy? My transition to veganism was an easy choice after I had gained knowledge of the meat industry and after I found out what actually happens to animals in the meat industry. Before going vegan I had no idea about the meat industry. I lived "sort of" like "dwelling" in my own ignorance and thought that I loved meat. I thought I lived a healthy lifestyle. When I learned about the negative effects of meat and dairy and learned about what actually happens to animals my transition to veganism became easier.
It took me a year and a half to become fully vegan. At first I was a vegetarian. I lost weight which was due to the fact that I had eaten meat my whole life. My body had to adapt to being without meat and dairy products. I am now fully gaining back my weight which is truly amazing to be able to train and work out on a pure vegan diet. In the beginning I thought that I wouldn't be able to do it and that it couldn't be done but it's truly and fully possible to both train and live a healthy lifestyle on a vegan plant based diet. I love being a vegan and could never and will never go back to eating meat.
Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? My personal advice to anyone who would like to be vegan or who is going vegan is to do your own research. Find out everything about what food you can eat and what supplements you can take if you train a lot like I do. When you go vegan you might lose weight because your body will adjust to being without meat. It is therefore important that you find out what proteins and foods you can eat. There are a lot of different plant based proteins and foods so you don't have to worry about any protein or vitamin deficiencies as long as you do your own research and eat the proper amounts of foods. A good thing to know is to know your "why".
Why do you choose to become a vegan? My "why" for becoming a vegan is because I didn't and don't want to hurt animals. I don't want to contribute to hurting animals or to support the meat industry. I want to live a cruelty free lifestyle of love and compassion. I want to embrace all animal beings as my equals in this spiritual journey through life.
Watch a few videos on YouTube. Join vegan groups on Facebook for support and inspiration. Use Google to gain some easy and simple but good information about veganism. There are also many awesome vegans you can follow on Instagram and Twitter as well as other social media outlets for ideas and support.
What's your favorite vegan recipe? There are many different vegan foods to choose and eat. I cook all of my own food myself because I want to be sure of what ingredients I use and also because I love cooking. Cooking is one of my passions. I train a lot so for me it's very important to get the right food in my body.
My favorite vegan food is called Pilau. It is usually cooked with meat but I choose to cook it without meat. It's a Kenyan dish that consists of rice and vegetables and Indian spices. It's very easy and simple to do.
I think many of us black men are becoming vegans because it's becoming more mainstream. Veganism use to be looked down on and still is but it is now becoming more and more accepted in society. It has become a more normal way of life so many of us black people are opening our minds and eyes. We are embracing a more loving way of life. The more black people see each other becoming vegans, the easier it is for others to make the connection and start their transition.
More and more vegan foods and alternatives are also popping up everywhere. That is one of the reasons for why more people are daring to find out more about veganism and wanting to try different vegan options. I believe that the natural state of human beings is in fact to be vegans. We have been let down the wrong path for years and one day we will find our way back to living as natural vegans.
Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? Vegans are known to be extreme. This is so true but it's only because people who eat meat are truly ignorant about the facts of meat and don't know much about the meat industry and refuse to find out. I can fully understand why vegans are considered extreme. We have been miseducated for so long as a humanity that it is now almost impossible to teach people something else. It's very difficult to show people a new way of life because the brain works like a computer.
If you program and teach a child something from childhood, it will then be very difficult to rewire the system and teach that person something else when they grow up. We have all been taught and literally been brainwashed to eat meat all our lives so when vegans come along to teach everyone about veganism it's like challenging everyone's core belief system. Vegans are not extreme. We are just teaching and showing people things they have never known before.
Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? Veganism has had a huge and major impact on my life. It has helped me to become a better and more loving compassionate man, human, and spiritual being. It has opened my eyes and heart . It has helped me to find my way back to living in complete balance with nature and the world around me. I've met so many fantastic new friends and been able to inspire so many people around the world. I truly feel wonderful about finally waking up and becoming vegan.
I work as a business developer helping people all over the world to build and develop their own business. I've been able to help people to start their own businesses and to embrace cruelty free products. I've helped other's as well as myself to earn an income doing what they love doing. Which is living a cruelty free lifestyle. I hope I can help and inspire many more to become vegans and to become true loving and compassionate spiritual beings.
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