308: These Vegans of Color Are Healing the World One Veggie Burger at a Time


Today we are celebrating 5 vegans of color who are changing the world one veggie burger at a time.

You’ll hear incredible stories from former Food Heals guests Celebrity Holistic Health Coach Koya Webb, Owner of Charlie’s Brownies, Charlie Fyffe, Borough President of Brooklyn, Eric Adams, Vegan Street Fair Founder Jessica Shay, and NBA Star & Vegan Activist John Salley.

In this episode, find out:

  • The tragedy that changed Koya’s life and introduced her to yoga
  • How Charlie’s journey into entrepreneurship led him to the path of veganism
  • How Eric got his vision back and reversed “permanent” nerve damage
  • The shocking discovery that changed Jessica’s worldview
  • What made John’s doctor say, “This is what you need to do if you want to live.”

And more!

Koya Webb is a yoga superstar and celebrity holistic health coach, has appeared on NBC, and was the main character on the reality show Yoga Girls. If you want to feel inspired, her Instagram is the most beautiful feed, full of motivational posts. Like Koya on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and Instagram.  To hear the rest of our interview with Koya, listen to episode 217. You can also listen to Koya’s full episode on Apple Podcasts

Charlie Fyffe of Charlie’s Brownies serves the finest dairy-free and gluten-free gourmet brownies. They use no preservatives or artificial flavors, only a blend of organic ingredients and home-baked love. Their brownies are built especially moist to deliver “The Ultimate Brownie Experience.” Like Charlie on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and Instagram. To hear the rest of our interview with Charlie, listen to episode 141. You can also listen to Charlie’s full episode on Apple Podcasts

Eric L. Adams is a former Democratic State Senator and police officer, and current Borough President of Brooklyn (and social justice warrior). He’s teamed up with schools to teach children to grow food, and runs initiatives like Meatless Mondays and 10-day challenges for people suffering with disease, as well as hosting events to demystify veganism. Like Eric on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and Instagram. To hear the rest of our interview with Eric, listen to episode 232. You can also listen to Eric’s full episode on Apple Podcasts

Jessica Schoech is the founder and CEO of Vegan Street Fair. Vegan Street Fair & VSF Nights are free entry, annual, all ages, vegan food celebrations where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve you vegan eats and vegan wares all in one place. Like Vegan Street Fair on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and Instagram. To hear the rest of our interview with Jessica, listen to episode 140. You can also listen to Jessica’s full episode on Apple Podcasts

John Salley spent 15 years in the NBA and became the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams, which he says can be attributed to his healthy diet. John has adopted a plant-based (raw vegan) lifestyle and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle through better eating habits. Like John on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and Instagram. To hear the rest of our interview with John, listen to episodes 13, 16, 54, and 55. You can also listen to John’s full episodes on Apple Podcasts

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