Awkward, Black, and Vegan

As if going natural wasn’t awkward enough, a week ago I also decided to go vegan. This is my official “coming out” as a new convert to plant-based living. I made my decision after seeing the documentary “Forks Over Knives”. This documentary changed my out look on food all together. As a Black Southern woman I grew up eating the basics: fried chicken, fried fish, fried apples, fried pork chops, fried bologna, and french fried potatoes. Needless to say I had very little appreciation growing up for anything green, leafy, or raw. As I got older and ventured out into the world on my own I began to meet people, un-southern and un-black people who didn’t eat meat, and especially didn’t eat fried meat with everything. You can imagine my dismay of realizing that one does not have to have meat for it to be a meal, who knew? My best friend who grew up vegetarian(a Black hippie from California) introduced this foreign concept to me when she explained, “you know Meredith, there’s a whole market for meatless products, taste this Morning Star patty”. I apprehensively bit into this alien object and to my delight it was palatable, I would even go as far as to say tasty! I wasn’t sold on the whole not eating meat thing but I did have gain appreciation for non-fried and non-meaty treats. I kept that mind set until one fateful afternoon February 26th, 2012. Me and my man friend were sitting around and he said, “Hey, wanna watch a movie we can check something out on netflix”. We ran across a documentary with an intriguing title, “Forks Over Knives” we clicked on it out of curiosity and the film blew my mind! You mean to tell me that all of the diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and hypertension that has plagued my very southern and very Black family for generations can be prevented by eating a balanced plant-based diet? WWWWWHHHHAAAATTTTT!!!!!! Why didn’t I know that sooner? After learning about the harmful affects of animal based products containing dairy and meat, after being enlightened, gaining this knowledge how could I walk away from that film and not use the information to better my life? I had to take action and make a change. So, I decided to become a vegan. So far so good folks, Ill keep you up to date on my journey…

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