I am Vegan for Black Liberation

Black Libersation

After nearly six months of eating a plant-based diet that had lessened the severity of my health issues I decided to attempt veganism in earnest. I failed a lot. I would be vegan for a week, sometimes two or three before having a slip up. I would be vegan during the week and not on the weekends, for a few months I ditched veganism completely. I continued falling off the wagon and pulling myself back on, sometimes with one foot on board while the other dragged along the pavement for a year and a half.

Then, in early January after a weekend of eating pork loin at a friend’s birthday celebration, folding slices of greasy pizza into my mouth, and eating Popeyes I sat on my grandmother’s couch reading a book of essays called Sistah Vegan. As I read, I found myself intrigued by the varying perspectives, but it was the essay “Social Justice Beliefs and Addiction to Uncompassionate Consumption” by Sistah Vegan editor, A. Breeze Harper, that changed me.

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What I Eat in a Week (Vegan Meal Prep)

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Why Meal Prep:

When I think of meal prep I immediately think of weight loss, but meal prep has benefits beyond dropping a few pounds.

  • Saving Money – No matter what you tell yourself, packing your own lunch is cheaper than takeout. Even if the takeout is $5 a packed lunch is cheaper. Trust me. Portioning your food also saves money – If you take a chili recipe that serves 6 and portion those servings out into 6 containers you won’t eat double the portion without thinking and have to buy more food later.
  • Special Diets – If you’re vegan, like me, or subscribe to any other special diet you never have to worry about food meeting your needs.
  • Environment – Every time you eat takeout the packaging, bag, utensils, and cup eventually end up in the landfill. Bringing  your own lunch to school or work reduces waste and your negative impact on the environment.
  • Health – If nutrition is a concern, meal prep insures you always have a healthy meal prepared.

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