Vegan While Black: The Struggle Is Real
Alright, alright, alright! So, you wanna know how to go vegan as a black person without getting side-eyed at every family gathering? Well, let me tell you something, you can do it, and you can do it with flavor.
Now, let's just clear up one thing here. Going vegan doesn't mean you have to say "peace out" to deliciousness. We're talking some mouthwatering grub here, folks.
If you don't believe me, just take a look at some of the vegan options out there. We're talking everything from BBQ jackfruit tacos to a good ol' bowl of curry, or how about some vegan ox-tails? Yup, we have that too. And don't let anyone tell you vegans are weak, we've got beans, nuts, seeds, tofu, and tempeh -- heck, even spinach, and broccoli are packing protein! So, say goodbye to the fear of muscle atrophy and those "where do you get your protein?" questions.
But let's face it, fam. Going vegan in a black household can sometimes feel like a hazing ritual. Have you ever heard comments like "What? You don't want none of this fried chicken?" or "Ain't you supposed to be eating some collard greens or something?" It's like we're breaking some unwritten rule that says we gotta have a little pig in our cornbread. Let me tell you: you're not alone. But that doesn't mean you gotta give up your culture, your food, or your well-being.
Here's the thing. It's all about what you choose to eat. You can still enjoy your cultural dishes without using animal products. Have you tried vegan gumbo or black-eyed pea soup? They'll have you saying "yaaas, queen" in no time. And let's not forget about eating out. Finding vegan options at a soul food restaurant can feel like a scavenger hunt, but it's not impossible. You gotta ask questions like "Is the cornbread made with milk?" and "Can I get the collard greens without the ham hock?" You can do it, fam.
Now, some of y'all might be thinking "But why go vegan? I don't wanna give up my bacon." And hey, I get it. But when it comes down to it, going vegan is more than just what's on your plate. It's about questionin' the status quo and making intentional choices that align with your values -- your health, your impact on the environment, and even your wallet. And let's be real, we're about breaking norms and paving our own paths, ain't we?
Let me tell you, veganism is worth exploring, even if you're new to it. You can find a variety of resources out there, including Black Vegans Rock (http://www.blackvegansrock.com/) and books like "Sistah Vegan", written by A. Breeze Harper, or “Afro-Vegan: African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed” by Bryant Terry.
And who knows? Oh, and check out Ghetto Vegans on YouTube. Highly recommended. Maybe you'll inspire others to join you on the journey.
Bottom line, food is about more than just what's on your plate. It's about your choices, your culture, and your identity. Let's get to cookin', fam, and show the world that veganism ain't just for hippies and health fanatics. We can do it, and we can do it with flavor.