This Army Veteran & Hip-hop Artist Is All About Those Vegan Gainz

This Army Veteran & Hip-hop Artist Is All About Those Vegan Gainz


– My two parents were vegan, and they conceived me as vegans, and then I was raised vegan. So I was, my mother was Whole Foods before there was Whole Food. I come from a family
of wellness ministers. My mother is a best-selling
author of nine wellness books. She’s a holistic
practitioner for 49 years. Had a plant-based business for 35 years. So, I’ve been raised in this
environment of consciousness. It’s interesting for me to be raised vegan and maintain being vegan now
that it’s more mainstream, it’s more commercial and
more widely accepted. When I was younger, I used to go to school with whole-grain sprouts
sandwiches and have fights because I had sprout
sandwiches and my friends had, you know, fresh-cut
bologna and ham cheese, and they couldn’t understand why my bread was just sprouted bread and sprouts. That was it, and some olive
oil, and some dill pepper. That was it. And then at snack time, I’m
whipping out organic apples and raisins, and they’re
having chips and Twizzlers and Skittles, and fighting
because of my lunch, because I’m different. So because of the fight,
I’ve always considered myself a wellness warrior. It’s a double mantra or affirmation, well, not only ’cause I’m a serviceman, a veteran serviceman, a combat veteran, but I had to fight for my wellness. I had to fight to maintain
my health and wellness, and my plant-based life choice. It wasn’t just fluffy and nice for me. Being a combat armsman, I still
maintain my vegan lifestyle. I still maintain my plant-based lifestyle. On base, basic training, on base, and while deployed in Africa,
so there’s no excuses. Yes, if you know what to eat and your concept of eating
is plant-based truly and not based upon a
corporate packaged food, then you can find
plant-based foods in Russia, in Czechoslovakia, in Korea, in Japan, in Mozambique in West Africa, in Ethiopia. You know what I’m sayin’? In France, in Spain. All of our beautiful
countries around the planet, have their versions of
plant-based nutrition. America should be a nation
of well, strong people. Like if we the best, we
say we’re the super power then we should be havin’ super foods. If we say America’s great then we should be great
with our lungs, our kidneys, our prostates, our wombs. Our women shouldn’t be
gettin’ hysterectomies, our men should not be
havin’ erectile dysfunction. I understand that everybody
may not become a vegan, right? But I can still encourage
those who are not vegan to have more plant-based
consciousness and activity. And so, it’s not leaving
out our brothers and sisters in the country that are not vegans. We wanna definitely wave the vegan flag and the plant-based flag. But we wanna also know that no American should be left behind
with health and wellness. So, even if they have a different
path that’s not all vegan, we should continuously
educate them on the benefits of becoming vegan, but also
support them in the bridge. Support them where they
may not be strong enough to make the crossover, and encourage them to drink more water, plant-based nutrition, more greens, you know what I’m sayin’? And food is not only what you eat, but it’s consciousness, how you think. You know what I’m sayin’? So, if America’s great, we have
to have great consciousness, how we talk to each
other, about each other, how we view each other, you know. So, if we gonna be whole foods, we have to be having whole
thinking, whole consciousness. How about, in America,
let’s make America great by being great examples for ourselves.

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