I began my journey, watching my mother’s health deteriorate from different chronic diseases, operations, and medications that did not help her health condition,” Jones shared. “After three years of fighting, my mother passed away from her illness. Later, I learned of a friend who reversed his diabetes and was taken off his medication solely by living a plant-based lifestyle and regularly exercising. So, I decided to research being vegan and having a plant-based lifestyle.
Research shows that living a plant-based diet is cost-effective and has proved to lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. In addition, a plant-based lifestyle reduces the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates.
Therefore, I decided to become certified in Health and Nutrition and health and Vegan Nutrition Life Coach and help my people solve this dilemma that has taken the hardest toll on Black, Brown, and poor communities.”
“I started the phrase “Be Blacktastic” to bring information to Black men about health, wellness, diet, and nutrition.
Black Americans choosing a Plant-Base Lifestyle is a healthy opportunity for Black families and Black communities to reverse many of our illnesses historically known to be hereditary.
Black Americans seem to be the hardest hit when it comes to obesity. Black women have the highest rates of obesity compared with other ethnic groups in the United States. About four of five Black American women are categorized as overweight or obese.
When you have weight disparities, you ultimately have health disparities. Black adults are twice as likely as white adults to have a stroke, twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, 3 and 1.5 times as likely to have high blood pressure. Black Americans not only experience higher prevalence rates of these health problems, but they’re also more likely to die from them. Black Americans are 2.3 times as likely to die from diabetes complications. Although black women are 10% less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they’re almost 40% more likely to die from the disease.
Historically, Veganism, Vegetarianism, or Plant-Based have been primarily a “white thing,” but this is far from the truth. On a global level, Black people have traditionally eaten food with more vegetables and grains than meat. In addition, having a lifestyle of just eating vegetables, fruits, and the earth’s herbs has a historical place in the Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean culture.
We live in a time of fast foods and quick fix eating; we must begin retraining our thoughts, habits, and culture and get back to the basics of a healthy diet. Black Americans looking for nutrients from plant foods will change their lifestyle for health-promoting options like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, packed full of beneficial fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Changing our lifestyle will save our lives. Moreover, changing our eating lifestyle will genuinely mean that Black Lives Matter will matter how we choose to eat.
If Black Lives mattered, we would build a better, healthier future for our people. It should be a priority to unite our communities to be united in a shared commitment to achieving better health for everyone. Our main aim is to improve healthy eating habits, information & inner strength.”