Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Vegan Bruh- Ron

I feel more energetic when I wake up everyday say this vegan bruh

How long have you been a vegan? I've been a vegan for about a year. I started off vegetarian while volunteering on a farm last year and really began to feel more connected with everything around me. As I started working with animals more, learning more about how to eat well, and seeing one too many animal documentaries, going vegan was a natural progression for me.

Was transition easy? At first no, but as with anything as my curiosity about things started to grow and the more I learned it quickly became pretty easy. Dairy cheese was sort of my achilles heal. Discovering vegan cheese and the really tasty options that are out there made the transition even easier. I started to really feel the changes in how I felt both physically and mentally. It was really hard to ignore those changes. Then as I became more aware of the wide ranging effects of the transition of my diet, i.e. environmental and health, it turned out to be the easiest thing for me. It just made sense.

Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? I'd say do your research. My curiosity about being a vegan led me to some pretty profound information that has drastically effected how I think about eating. It's also good to know how going vegan may affect your particular body since not all are the same. There is all this wonderful information out there that has the potential to empower all of us to be much more conscious eaters. There hasn't been a better time to go vegan. I started with the book, The China Study. Then, followed up research I read in there to develop my own beliefs. Go to Netflis and pick a documentary that's a new perspective for you. Maybe, Cowspiracy that's packed with statistics. Or, Okja that delivers a loving message to make you think.

What's your favorite vegan recipe? I'd probably say Vegan Jambalaya. It's really easy, nutritional, flavorful, and filling. One pot meals are a go-to for when we're traveling in the camper!

You'll only need:
A large skillet or sauce pan
Olive Oil
Vegetable Stock
Rice
Onion
Garlic
Celery
Jalapeno
Tomatoes
Field Roast Chipotle Links
Red Beans
Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Bay Leaves, Mushrooms (optional but an easy nutritional veggie to add)

Black male vegans/vegetarians are rare but seems to be growing in popularity. Why do you think that is? From my experience, I think it can have a lot to do with how a lot of black men have been raised to eat. For me, my family is from the south so growing up there was always lots of heavy butter usage, lots of starches, fats, and more than enough getting protein from a plethora of animal sources. You know, to grow up "big and strong". This is usually a result from generations developing a particular way of eating and that just being passed down. As more and more information becomes available to us the more we are able to make better decisions for ourselves in the present time.

I think as black men and women start growing more conscious and we start to question all that we may hold as "traditional", naturally we will question how we've been taught to eat and what we put in our bodies. I love seeing that as the vegan movement grows, more and more of the black community being more mindful of these things.

Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? I'd want people to know that veganism isn't extreme. Once people start being more aware of the ripple effects that going vegan has they'll see that it's hard not to be passionate about it. For instance, the positive effects on the environment, your body, and all the beautiful living things who only wish to live happy lives just like us. Most people are comfortable being complacent with the way things have been. Seeing others break the mold then seems extreme.

I'm ready for a society where there is no mold for someone to break and then be called extreme. We hear the words extreme or radical thrown around a lot referring to us or just veganism. How can it be extreme to care and feel more for other living beings? Ariel and I often talk about this negative terminology. The thought makes us sad when we think about it, but seeing the movement grow keeps us quite optimistic.

Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? It definitely has. Energy levels for me have been impacted pretty significantly. No longer do I feel groggy after meals. I feel more energetic when I wake up everyday. Consciously, I feel much better because of all of the positive impacts of eating vegan. I can go to sleep knowing not one "being" has died or suffered for me to satisfy my hunger. It's had a huge effect physically and on my psyche.

Is there anything you like to add? Talking to other people on the journey to living a more sustainable lifestyle, including veganism, and examining our own journeys, we know it requires a complete mental shift. The hardest part seems to be facing the facts and the guilt over all the years you have been living a particular way previously. Trust me, we can relate. We're hear to talk and mentor anyone who needs it. We don't have all the answers still but having a community of people that supports you can make a big difference. Feel free to reach out to us to chat. We The Wildflowers and on Instagram.

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