We all grew up on Tia Mowry-Hardict. Since being introduced to her on ‘Sister, Sister,’ we fell in love with her and her twin, Tamera Mowry-Housley. Watching her transition from a young teenage girl to a beautiful mother and loving wife, has been like watching our own sibling mature. So you can imagine our surprise when our play-play sister decided to go vegan, naturally we were curious. The PETA vegan supporter uses her Style Network reality show, “Tia and Tamera,” as well as her new campaign as a platform to further promote a healthier lifestyle.
The 35-year-old actress was inspired to change her eating habits by her health-conscious hubby, and although she’s gotten slack for her diet change, she has no regrets. The former “The Game” star is debunking vegan myths, promoting its benefits, and offering tasty treat ideas for vixens open to trying a meatless meal.
VIBE Vixen: What made your up and decide to become vegan?
Tia Mowry-Hardict: It was for health reasons. I had endometriosis and my doctor told me I had to change my diet. Once I altered my diet, I was able to get pregnant. Also, cancer runs in my family – so I wanted to start living a healthier lifestyle. After doing a lot of research it became very clear that becoming a vegan was the best choice for me.
What was the hardest part about transitioning to a vegan diet?
Breaking habits. I loved sushi and ate it all the time. It was actually more of a social thing for me, but once I became vegan, habits like socializing over sushi had to change, and that was a challenge.
Biggest misconception people think of veganism?
That the food tastes disgusting. The food is AMAZING. I find it bursting with even more flavor.
What’s are the best benefits of being vegan?
I find that I’ve lost “extra” lbs that I didn’t want. I have more energy now, and I find that certain ailments that I’ve always struggled with–migraines and eczema–are no longer a problem.
What’s an easy way to start adding vegan meals into your diet?
Start off by juicing. Salads are always great too.
What are the benefits you’ve seen in your son since becoming vegan?
My son doesn’t eat a lot of meat. He doesn’t get sick often and has a ton of energy.
Is it difficult choosing places to eat and eating at family functions with your diet?
It used to be, but not anymore. I find that so many restaurants around LA cater to this sort of diet. There’s also a great app for the iPhone called “HappyCow” that will show you a map of vegan restaurants nearby.
Who in your family was the hardest to adapt to your diet?
ME! My husband was already a vegan so that wasn’t an issue.
How has Tamera supported your vegan decision, do you think she’ll become vegan as well?
It has taken a while for her to understand my lifestyle change when it comes to eating. But now that some time has passed, she’s understanding it more. But I don’t think she’d ever become a vegan herself…then again, what do I know?
What are 5 simple meals/recipes for our readers to try:
1) Breakfast: oatmeal with sliced bananas with rice milk.
2) Nice vegan green juice (add apple juice to sweeten)
3) Miso soup (miso/tofu/veggies)
4) Snack: any form of edible seaweed. Great taste and texture.
5) Dinner: grain, brown rice, kale, squash
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