VEGGIE VIXEN VISION: Why I don't eat meat

by Tanjareen on August 31, 2009

As a sistah from Inglewood, I’m often asked how I can dare pass up fried chicken, neck bones, or that plump turkey on the holidays.  I’ve been hesitant to post this because there’s no quick way to answer.  So alas here’s the story…

When I was 7 years old my mom’s friend was a vegetarian & she seemed super cool to me.  Years later, my 9th grade health teacher was vegetarian & she was extremely energetic.  Because of these 2 women, I’ve been very interested in the importance of maintaining optimal health.  So at the age of 14, I stopped eating red meat.  Like many American, I really thought a diet of poultry & seafood was Oh So Healthy, so I ate this way for years.  But for some reason I couldn’t get rid of a lil pouch on my belly no matter how much I exercised. In 1999, as I began to study holistic healing, I learned some amazing facts.  Even chicken & fish are harmful because human beings were not designed to be carnivores.  Our teeth & intestines prove that.  And our poor health confirms it! Did you know: More Black people have died from degenerative dis-eases than were killed during the entire slave trade?!?  We have gotten too comfortable with losing our elders to health problems & mistakenly calling it “old age”.  Heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetics, hypertension, osteoporosis, gingivitis, obesity, dementia, high cholesterol, fatigue, pneumonia, the flu – ALL dis-eases are preventable!  We give ourselves these dis-eases with what we put in & on our bodies.  Animal flesh, animal secretions (dairy), chemicals, & negative thoughts are what create disharmony in our bodies.  We’re the only animal in the kingdom that drinks the milk of another species.  WTH?!? We eat mostly chemicals.  No wonder 1 in 3 Americans will acquire some form of cancer in their lifetime.

My grandparents on both sides are no longer living.  Most of my aunts and uncles are gone.  My cousins are sick.  My own father was on dialysis for 10 years before his recent kidney transplant.  Dis-ease.  Dis-ease.  Dis-ease.  I’m sure you have some relatives that were on 12 different medications for several years before they suffered some slow unsightly death.  It’s the American way!  So I’ve decided to break the cycle.  In August of 2000 I did the Master Cleanse (only cayenne-maple-lemonade) for 10 days.  And when I ended my fast, I decided to only fill my Temple with foods that would edify me.  I’ve been a vegan vegetarian ever since. Afterall was there an ice cream parlor, steak house, or mini bar in the Garden of Eden? I believe health is wealth.  What good is a trillion dollars if you can’t get out of bed to enjoy it?


Trust me: I was raised on eating everything ‘from the roota to the toota’, so I know what I’m missing.  I love food that tastes great just like you do.  But I’ve found delicious vegan substitutes so that I can still eat what I was raised on.  There are vegan versions of bacon, sausage patties, hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, cheese, milk, butter, taco meat, pate, chicken nuggets, sliced lunch meat, Turkey roast, even BBQ ribs.  My favorite meal is vegan soul food.  Just switch the ingredients of YOUR favorite recipes & enjoy!

VFG Tanjareen
“I don’t eat meat…unless it just got out of the shower”


  1. Y. Ali says:

    Hey Tanjareen, I talked to you before and I had a question for you. I recently became a vegan and i know you said you were, so i wanted to know if you could give me an example of what you eat in a day as specific as a breakfast/snacks/lunch/dinner breakdown?

    Also i know you mentioned something before about a cookbook with some vegan recipies so do you stil have that information?

    I’m really into this type of lifestyle and would be up to try to find a way to do some business with getting this type of info to more of our people.

    *transferred from Facebook*

  2. J. Farr says:

    Hey there Ms. Superfit,

    Wifey and I are backing off meat. Not declaring vegan or vegetarian yet but just backing off. I was wondering if you had any tips to help stay on track.? Holla back when you gitaminit!

    *transferred from Facebook*

  3. Tanjareen says:

    Y. Ali,

    I get that question a lot, so I wrote a separate post listing samples of what I eat. Please refer to my article entitled “VEGGIE VIXEN VISION: Well what DO you eat?”

    I helped write “The Vegan Vixens’ Cookbook” a few years ago, but I believe its out of print now. But I like the book called “Skinny Bitches in the Kitchen”. You can also find some great vegan recipes online on the websites of PETA, Meatout Mondays, & Happy Cow or just type ‘vegan recipes’ in your search engine.

    Congrats on your new veganism journey!
    VFG Tanjareen

  4. Tanjareen says:

    Hey J.Farr,

    Thanks for the complimentary nickname. 🙂 And Kudos to you & wifey for wanting to eat healthier! I suggest having a once a week All Vegetarian Day. For instance; maybe every Wednesday you eat only salads, nuts, smoothies, & substitute faux meats into your favorite recipes. And when dining out, ask the chef to use a Portabello mushroom in place of the meat in the entree. You’ll love it!

    For more examples of what to eat, please refer to my article “VEGGIE VIXEN VISION:Well what DO you eat?”

    Keep me posted on your journey,
    VFG Tanjareen

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  6. rick LaCour says:

    Wow. Just read your article. I gave up pork at the age of 43. Started feeling so energetic gave up all red meat but ground beef. Went the fish and poultry route. You are saying this soon to be 56 yr old can feel even better. God bless you. It’s time for a new adjustment. I’m here to let folks know that what you say is true. No excuses folks. This old man was chemically addicted to hard drugs for 35 yrs. Good eating habits and exercise equal energy & stamina. Wish I had the financial wealth part, but I have a daily shot at it still.
    Agape speed,
    rick LaCour

  7. To Me says:

    HEY Tanjareen that you for your letter very inspiring and informative. i myself just started a vegetarian diet and slowly given up dairy products. but it has been a amazing 1st year. and challenging, im 49yrs old and have lost 30 lbs (really) i feel great never felt like this in all my adult life. so its never to late to start and thanks for the help