The Vegan Journey

Here’s an interesting fact: For those of you who didn’t know, I was actually born and raised a vegan. That’s right…thanks to the decisive guidance of my parents back in the 80s, I was enlisted into the vegan lifestyle prior to knowing what it was even about.

Growing up in the 90s, being a vegan was certainly an anomaly. This was especially true for a young child. Imagine having to explain yourself at school to all of the other students at lunch time. Yes, it was very arduous for the most part. Personally, any moment centered around food was always a sensitive touchpoint for me. Some of my childhood food memories consist of my mother forcing us to drink carrot juice before earning the privilege of eating tofu pizza, traveling with my parents to local health-food stores on Staten Island, and taking family day trips to Integral Yoga Natural Foods in Manhattan. Before the rise of Almond milk, EdenSoy was a staple in our refrigerator at home. In hindsight, I guess that you can call it tough love. Thankfully, I was able to survive and stick it out. I’m also glad that I’m able to fully embrace the wonderful times that we are in now. I’m proud to see that our society is becoming more conscious of what we put into our bodies and the impact that our actions have on the environment around us.

One of my good friends shared this video with me back in August. I definitely think that Vice is a few steps ahead of the competition when it comes to the future of content and covering things that are meaningful to it’s audience. In this episode, Vice takes time to go vegan with NBA baller and UConn Alum Ben Gordon as he invites us to Plant Food + Wine located in Venice, CA. I hope that you enjoy a quick glimpse into his state of transformation. ~ Namaste


(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies such as Cornerstone Agency, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

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