(US/tx) Black vegetarians balance new diet and old traditions
- In Re Richardson’s kitchen, her new diet collides with her old.
There’s a stack of Southern Living cookbooks she’s never used under a
shelf with liquid aminos and her favorite curry spice.
She’s putting together a dish of quinoa and mixed vegetables as her
90-year-old mother, James Watson, watches. Watson isn’t vegetarian,
and doesn’t believe that the food she eats will change certain aspects
of her health.
Her attitude is in many ways the reason the Black Vegetarian Society
of Texas exists.
Richardson, a strict vegan since 2010, joined the group last year and
uses careful planning and self-control to navigate her meals. Like
many members of BVSTX, Richardson transitioned to a vegan diet after
concerns about her health led her to re-examine what she was putting
into her body.
“You can control everything that has to do with your health by what’s
at the tip of your fork,” she says.
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