Healthy cooking / meal planning
Individual and family wellness
Meal addition for restaurant menus
I'm the Creator of Vegan Knees® - a brand and community that promotes a plant-based lifestyle.
My journey with food shifted for the sake of my knees - hence, the birth of Vegan Knees. As a basketball player, my body had been put through a lot, including 2 ACL reconstructions and several other knee surgeries, totaling 6. I dealt with daily pain for 10 years, and in my young age, realized that my body was going down the wrong path in an attempt to overcome and be healthy. My turning point was during a doctor's appointment - watching a room full of people waiting for their knee injections of cortisone, and listening to my ortho tell me that I was looking at my future if we couldn't get inflammation under control (which of course was causing other issues).
It wasn't until a video came across my social media feed. I saw professional athletes who talked about the way their bodies had changed - significant improvement recovery, inflammation, training, efficiency, and everything in-between. Three months of plant-based research, then I made the change; and here I am, more than 5 years of being plant-based. It only took about 2 weeks for my knee pains to subside. My knees were my reason - my, "Why." The way my entire body feels is why I can't go back.
I have enjoyed helping others make the transition; to see the creativity they possess in the kitchen; to see their bodies and mindsets shift. Today, I look to make an even bigger impact - reaching more of the community, collaborating with local and national organizations, and elevating confidence through apparel.
Speaker - health & nutrition
The Black Health Challenge panelist
Healthiest State Initiative, in partnership w/the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Capital Crossroads
Make it OK campaign - mental health series panelist
Iowa Center for Economic Success
Speaker - supporting Black-owned businesses
Small business highlight
VegLife Des Moines
Transition to Vegan co-facilitator