NAME: Ny’Tia Patrice
OCCUPATION: Digital Sales Coordinator
LOCATION: St Louis, MO
WEBSITE: Who Gave You the Mic? (in its beginning stages)
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VEGETARIAN? AND WHAT INSPIRED YOUR JOURNEY?
I have been a vegetarian for nearly 11 years now. Actually I began my vegetarian journey as a bet between my brother and I during a family vacation. It was suppose to last for 3 days but I enjoyed the lifestyle so much that I stay with it.
HAS VEGETARIAN ENHANCED YOUR HEALTH? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Being a vegetarian has help so much with my health. I found out I hypoglycemic months before I became a vegetarian. I had a bad episode and continue to have them for several months. Once I made the decision to become a vegetarian and balanced my food intake, I did not have the awful side effect that come along with the condition.
I feel that my skin, hair, nail, and inner health are at 100% all of the time.
IN RETROSPECT, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT MEAT? OR DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ON AMERICA’S MEAT INDUSTRY?
I feel the country’s meat industry is out of line on how they conduct their methods of killing the animals. It simply revolting!
If you like to eat meat, by all means, you have the right to but you should know the harm you are causing your body and the horrible act that has occurred for you to have that burger or fried chicken.
WAS THERE A COMMUNITY OF BLACK WOMEN THAT HELPED YOU ALONG YOUR MEATLESS JOURNEY? AND IF NOT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CHANGE THIS FOR OTHERS?
My mother was once a vegetarian and she was/is a huge help with my vegetarian journey. I know it was a lot of work to make 2 separate meals every night for the family but she always did it and constantly encourage me when I was younger.
She still encourage me and has made comments on going back but I don’t think my dad will allow his deep freeze to be filled with tofu instead of chicken and his occasional steak.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ONE OR TWO TIPS ON TRANSITIONING INTO VEGETARIANISM?
- Take it slow: you do not have to go cold turkey. Allow yourself time to get use to this lifestyle.
- If you are a foodie look up restaurants’ menu beforehand. It is not fun to make a reservation at some hot new eatery only to order some overprice salad. Ask the waiter before you order anything if they have vegetarian/ vegan entrees. This will save you and the restaurant a lot of grief.
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