• Tori Owens

Raising Black Vegan Kids

Let me just say this, BLACK VEGANS DO EXIST! Stop associating being vegan with “white culture “. It’s so frustrating. That’s kind of like saying “only white people eat healthy” That sounds about as ignorant as racism itself. (I’m just the messenger) Every time I talk to my people about vegan dishes I get the most NENE LEAKES side eye ever.

Don’t get me wrong. I have indulged in things like sweet potatoes topped with marshmallow, deep fried chicken , and cream of mushroom green bean casserole since I was a young’n. Throw in some sweet and spicy macaroni and cheese and I’m in soul food heaven. Literally. I love every single thing about soul food. I mean , it’s what I grew up on. It was my norm. And yes I miss it with every being in my body. But...my people, my people. We gots tuh do better ! Just in my parents and grandparents alone there is diabetes , high blood pressure , high cholesterol , heart problems and the vicious variations of cancer. I’ve lost two grand parents to cancer to be exact. So at what point do we shift the expectations of our health ?I say right now !

When I had my baby girl I spent months researching any and everything I could to pass the time. Friends disappeared because I couldn’t “turn up” while I was busy preparing for motherhood. It wasn’t until my second trimester that I decided my daughter would be vegan. Yes, people looked at me crazy. Yes people told me I’m depriving my child. Yes people told me it wouldn’t last. However ,I’ve always been the one to go against the grain. They may have called this defiance when I was younger, but you get the gist of it.

I won’t lie to you sis. It DOES get hard. When it’s time for birthday parties and you have to single your kid out because she can’t eat the cakes, cookies, and pounds of sugar, that’s when you have a slight moment of doubt. Oh, and don’t even get me started on her grandparents that want to completely undermine my decision by offering snacks and calling me crazy. Their favorite line is “...but you turned out just fine.” Yes, it’s a struggle. However I’m confident that with persistence and determination, my daughter will adapt to these cultural practices and carry them on to her children. So far, she indulges

So here I am. A non-traditional 25 year old single and black AF mother trying to raise her little black queen the best I see fit. And what I see fit is instilling good character , exceptional morals , healthy eating habits and a TON of positive affirmations that provoke the best version of herself. If that’s depriving my child as you say , eh, I can live with that.

Never be afraid to take on challenges that scare you.It’s usually in those times you propel to a higher version of self.

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