My name is Topaz Hooper and I've been plant-based for 6 years. I am a vegan chef, certified vegan nutritionist and founder of AfroFeministaVegan.com.
I started my plant-based lifestyle when I was 19 years old. This was necessary for me. I suffered from obesity, joint pain, eczema, mood swings, acne and low-esteem. I had a life full of discomfort and unhappiness. I thought I would live like this forever.
When I became plant-based, my life changed from that moment forward.
In the summer of 2012, I went on a camping trip with a small cohort of friends. We knew going in that anything perishable like eggs, cheese, milk and meat would not last on our journey. So we left it all. For a month I ate almost no animal products and started a meat-free journey.
When I returned from my trip. I began to notice incredible changes in my body. I had lost weight, my acne was significantly improved, my mood swings were more stable, and my joints felt amazing.
For 4 years, I remained a vegetarian. It wasn't until 2015, when I attended a VegFest in my local city, Tampa, that I was exposed to the horrors of animal cruelty. After watching a series of disturbing documentaries, I knew I couldn't go back to animal products. In 2015, I went fully vegan. What a wonderful decision I made.
For the past 3 years, I have served as a vegan chef for women of color led yoga retreats and high-end restaurants. I have served healthy and mostly raw plant-based foods to incredible people and have filled their bodies and their minds with new possibilities.
I've seen how a vegan lifestyle can change my body. Now I want to help others!
I've spent hundreds of hours studying nutrition, health and ways of achieving a plant-based diet.
Join in on a transformative experience. Let go of the excuses and start your vegan lifestyle today!
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