With only 2% of Americans identifying as vegan, it's no wonder most people don't feel this lifestyle relates to them. Other Brown Vegan features famous and every day vegans who love this lifestyle.
This week, Ifayomi Victory is sharing her story.....
*How long have you been a vegan?
I have been vegan for 7 years. The best 7 years of my life by the way!
*What made you decide to embrace a plant-based diet?
When I became vegan, I had already been vegetarian for 10 years. And even though I was fit, healthy, cooking most of my own food and embracing a compassionate lifestyle, I was diagnosed with a rare illness that almost cost me my life. After being released from a 2 week stay in the hospital, while laying in the bed on my back (because the pain was to excruciating for me to sit up), I read the book Natural Cures That They Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Treadau. From reading that book I learned that no matter what the illness, “if you’re sick…you probably ate it.” That changed my life! And after a very strict 28 day detoxification process I embraced plant-based eating as a diet and way of life for me and have not looked back.
*What was the hardest food (meat, dairy, eggs, etc) to move away from?
*Any advice for new vegans?
Because I believe transiting to a plant-based vegan diet is a constant process and is ALWAYS evolving (or at least it should be)…my advice would be practice patience with yourself and with others.
*What are some of your favorite books/websites on veganism?
Oh my, there are soooooo many…but I will start with mine: www.ifayomi.com is my absolute favorite vegan website! However, without dissing anyone or any of the others, I have to say the Vegetarian Resource Group and Vegan Mainstream are two of my favorites because of their up-to-date information and services that accommodate plant-based eating and living. Also, the Vegetarian Resource Group published and sells a book titled “The Vegan Handbook.” I love this book because it’s informative, easy to read and caters to the novice or person interested in embracing a plant-based diet but don’t know where to start. It even has recipes!
I’ve purchased several copies of “The Vegan Handbook” & Natural Cures That They Don’t Want You to Know About just to give them away to friends, family and strangers.
*Please share a recipe you enjoy.
Mango/Banana Ice Cream
1 med to large ripe mango cut into bite size cubes
1 small to medium chopped frozen ripe banana
1 ½ cup coconut milk*
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of nutmeg
Dash of Cinnamon
In a high powered blender (Vita-mix, Cuisnart, Kitchen-aid etc.) add the mango, banana and vanilla. While slowly pulsing the blender on high in 3 to 4 second increments add your coconut milk. Continue to pulse, stirring occasionally until creamy to your taste. Enjoy!
*For creamier ice cream add more milk.