When did you become vegan/plantbased and what made you choose this lifestyle?
That bout with gout in my early twenties was the beginning for me. It was a health imperative move. Switching to a plantbased lifestyle helped fuel my healing and inspired me to become a martial arts student, yogi, long distance runner and to eventually get certified as a coach by the RRCA.
I also wrote the book EAT PLANTS, LIFT IRON with my strength coach Scott Shetler and my wife Holistic Nutritionist Afya (who are both Vegans) where I added on 20lbs of muscle on a 100% vegan, supplement free, tree nut free and gluten free diet. The book details the nuts and bolts of how it worked what I ate and why we chose the exercises and training strategy we used.
What type of foods are in your day-to-day diet?
While I have been a strict vegan for over ten years, today I’m plantbased but
I’m nutritionally agnostic. I’m always doing experiments for energy, digestion, performance and culinary creativity. We eat seasonally and organic about 90% of our diet. Due to health reasons and allergies I developed on a strict vegan diet, and not wanting to take artificial supplements, I follow my physicians TCM philosophy –and I do supplement with wild caught Alaskan salmon– I call my current diet Vegequarian.
I’ve had to be open, from my rigid stance and flow with my own instincts. So I’m open to changes and I’m not a dogmatic strict adherent to any one way of eating or living. I think plant based living is one of the best ways to eat and live but I’m not a zealot about it. Ya gotta go with what works and continue to learn and be open to the data and how things effect your body’s needs.
I love soups, vegan pho, green juices, beyond meat burgers, kombucha, sauerkraut, pumpkin seeds, apples, watermelons, spinach, coconut water, fresh jalapeños, brussels sprouts, Ethiopian, Thai, all kinds of nutritious ethnic foods. We have an organic garden in our backyard and a peach and apple tree. we are members of our local co opt and urban farms movement.
I’m currently on a 30 day 16/8 intermittent fasting regimen eating at 12n 4pm and 8pm only. Whew that was a lot when I actually type it all out lol. Pop tarts used to be so simple lol
What type of training do you do and how often?
I have a 6-7 day a week training lifestyle alternating:
- Distance Running
- Qi Gong
- Weight lifting
- Martial Arts
- Hot and Cold Steam and Ice pool cycles
I do my Ab circuit daily when I wake and depending on the day of the week I have set time blocks for the above practices, it averages out to about 90minutes a day and sometimes more.
Also under our RBG FIT CLUB brand I started and lead a Men’s Outdoor Workout Series on first Sundays in Atlanta called THE OUTSIDERS that incorporates eclectic fitness practices, nature immersion, Qi Gong and meditation with men’s fellowship, networking and guy time.
How did people react to your vegan lifestyle in the early days?
Like I was a Christian turned Muslim, no… Atheist! Lol and then overtime I became the go to guy for that “healthy stuff” lol.
Can you tell us more about RBG Fitclub?
Membership is free it’s all about embracing a holistically healthy lifestyle anchored in our 5 principles -Knowledge Nutrition Exercise Restoration and Consistency
– so all our online courses, events, merch and products, music and media communications and community service
-is all aimed at helping people relate and incorporate those 5ps into their daily practice.
We emphasis holistic health and not just physical fitness. Health Love Hustle and Play are the 4 areas of balance we focus on for well rounded wellbeing.
Any advice for newcomers to veganism?
Newcomers to veganism tend to have all sorts of questions about nutrition deficiencies and weight loss concerns and taste bud withdrawal lol etc so yes I have a shameless plug for my wife Afya: she gets it. she is an amazing Nutritionist and Educator and her books specialize in helping people make healthy, balanced, enjoyable Plantbased lifestyle transitions. So I def say grab her books VEGAN SOULFOOD GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, And THE VEGAN REMIX. They’re on Amazon and our www.RBGFITCLUB.com site as well. Any advice I’d give you would be syphoned off of her anyway lol.
Connect with Stic
Instagram– Stic of Dead Prez
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