I grew up in Bastrop, Louisiana, in a hard-working family. Since the age of five, I spent most of my time in the kitchen with my Mom, helping her out. She taught me how to cook, and I learned most of her recipes this way. I grew up eating and loving to eat traditional southern cooking. I moved to the Richmond California Bay Area in the early 2000s. I took with me the same eating habits I had learned my whole life, but it was beginning to catch up with me. I was overweight and out of shape. I could not run, do pullups, or pushups.
“I realized I didn’t want to eat like this anymore.”
As usual, I went back home to visit the family and was greeted with a feast of all the southern classics, including some of my favorites such as ham hocks, cornbread, and fried chicken. I was excited to see these “comfort” foods that reminded me of my childhood, and I ate, and I ate.
I’ll never forget that day; it was a Sunday. After the huge meal, I laid on the couch feeling sleepy and lethargic and unable to move, and out of nowhere, suddenly, it hit me. I realized I didn’t want to eat like this anymore.
I thought about my Mom that died of a heart attack and how she was taken away from us too soon. I couldn’t help but think that if she had better-eating habits, she would still be with us today. At that moment, I knew I had to break the cycle of generations of our family eating like this. I wanted to keep our traditions and culture and stories alive, but I MUST break the cycle of losing our loved ones early because of unhealthy eating habits.
Thus began my plant-based journey in 2016. I learned how to access the flavors and textures that I loved while eating a plant-based diet. It was a complete life changer for me and a real eye-opener. I have now been Vegan for five years, and it’s the best thing I ever did for myself.
I lost 40lbs in my first year Vegan, and with that came a long list of improvements to the quality of my life. After changing to a plant-based diet, I had much more energy, better sleeping patterns, improved skin, memory, and overall mental clarity. I was super excited about my new lifestyle, which made me want to share it with the world. I soon learned, the vegan lifestyle is not something you can push on people, even when it comes from a place of love.
In 2018 I took a trip to Paris and visited many vegan food spots. I fell in love with the plant-based pizzas that I tried. I returned to the states knowing that Pizza would be the perfect vehicle to show people that eating plant-based can be a delicious alternative to a meat-based diet.
I headed back home with great excitement to share something that people are familiar with, just with a vegan twist. After two years of perfecting my recipes and plant-based cooking techniques, I knew– I was ready.
In 2020, Plant N Soul was born to help promote healthier living and provide foods that have less negative impact on the environment. The carbon footprint of eating meals such as our Pizzas where we source our vegetables from local farmers’ markets is far smaller than eating other foods such as beef.
“Meat-based diets combined with constant population growth worldwide are not sustainable over time.”
It takes a shocking 2,500 gallons of water, 12 pounds of grain, 35 pounds of topsoil, and one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of beef. These numbers show that these types of meat-based diets combined with constant population growth worldwide are not sustainable over time.
I genuinely care about our customers and the planet we share. I hope that with our hard work here at Plant ‘n Soul, we can help make your life a little better and a lot tastier.