As an accomplished vegan food influencer and actress who still considers herself a small town girl from North Carolina, Tabitha Brown is known for her honest comedic food reviews, live cooking shows on Facebook, funny stories, and inspirational social media posts that garner the attention of millions of people. Although she has played many parts on television and film and loves reaching others through her influencer work, she finds a lot of joy in helping people see food differently.
She spoke with us about her personal path to veganism, and shared tips for anyone else interested in making the switch.
What’s your vegan story?
I was very sick for 1 year and 7 months and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I had a resting headache in the back of my head everyday for 1 year and 7 months, I had chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and honestly thought I was going to die. I watched “What the Health” on Netflix and decided to do a 30 day vegan challenge out of desperation to feel better! Within 10 days of the vegan challenge my headache went away and I literally started feeling better everyday after that, and I never went back to my old eating ways and stayed on my vegan journey.
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How would you say you are trying to change lives through veganism?
I never judge, and I just share my journey and what veganism has done for my life. I travel the country sharing my story! I am my authentic self and I let people see me and my lifestyle in a fun way so they feel they can try it too, if that’s their choice! I love people and animals so my mission is to get people healthier by not eating animals or animal products. The more people I get to try a vegan lifestyle, the more animal lives I save in the process! It’s a win-win.
What can people do to make their transition to veganism easier?
Know your “WHY” before you start any journey; the reason for beginning has to truly mean something to you! For me it was Life or Death, I chose life and I have never once fallen off my journey because it’s so important to me. Also think of the list of things you can’t have because [that] list is smaller (meat, seafood, dairy)! Everything else you can have and there are so many options!
What was your biggest challenge when going vegan, and how did you deal with it?
There really wasn’t a challenge for me, but learning to take it one day at a time and not being hard on myself while learning what to eat everyday!
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What are your best, most practical meal-planning tips for vegans?
Leftovers are your friends, and always add a nice salad to every meal! Switch it up so you don’t get bored.
What are some of your favorite vegan dishes?
I love food so this question is always hard for me, lol. I love making vegan pizzas, vegan lasagna, and a mushroom and veggie burrito with extra avocado any day is a win!
What are your favorite food indulgences?
Pickles, and a good vegan burger every now and then gives me so much joy!
What are some of your accomplishments you feel especially proud of?
Staying true to myself on this journey. Helping people who have felt alone in their health journey for years! Staying consistent for the last 2 1/2 years with sharing my life with the world!
What empowers you in your work?
When I first started my vegan journey it was to feel better and once that happened, I realized it was bigger than me! I started walking into my purpose and it kept being confirmed everyday with messages in my inbox or on my page! This is what I am supposed to be doing! Helping people get healthier through food, love and laughter! My fans are the best! They truly make me feel like family and they are so encouraging everyday!
What do you wish every reader knew about veganism?
It’s not expensive and it really can change your life!
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Header image courtesy of Tabitha Brown