About Vegan Knees
Healthy cooking / meal planning
Individual and family wellness
Meal addition for restaurant menus
I'm the Founder & CEO of Vegan Knees® - a brand that promotes and brings inspiration to a plant-based lifestyle. My mission is to empower and educate communities on introducing more plant-based foods.
The vision of Vegan Knees is to transform communities across the U.S. by creating a culture that changes the perception of the power of plant-based foods and the creativity these foods bring.
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 with recovery, inflammation, training, efficiency, and everything in-between. After 3 months of plant-based research, I made the change; and here I am, more than 6 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.
Vegan Knees' culture is driven by 10 core values:
Evidence-based information about plant-based nutrition
The power of plant-based foods to enhance health
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
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.
Speaker - The Story of....Keesha Ward.
Small business highlight.
VegLife Des Moines
Transition to Vegan co-facilitator.
Justyn Lewis for Des Moines City Council
Food Desert Town Hall panelist.
Iowa State University Ivy College of Business Prospectus Magazine