Tell us a little about yourself.
As, one of my heroes, John Trudell said, “I am just a human being trying to make it in a world that is rapidly losing its understanding of being human.”
Who I am cannot be described, but what I do, and live for can be more easily put into words. I do not call any one place home, as I have always had gypsy feet, but currently am living in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for 2 years now, and my goal is to buy land soon enough in Hawaii to grow heaps of fruit for any in need. Also continuing to travel the world and explore our beautiful earth. I consult people regarding Health, Nutrition, Yogic Sciences, and mind/body/spiritual.
I also run a women’s clothing company with my fiancé, Am part of a brand called Area Code Clothing that creates gear for surfing/skateboarding/snowboarding and am training hard to become a professional surfer. My Instagram is @ishajagadisha, and my facebook page is called Electric Alkaline Sol Food. Also, check out Area Code Clothing on Facebook and Instagram.
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
Ever since my youth, I was inclined to not eat animals. One aspect being my connection and feeling of oneness with all of life, but also the health aspect. When I was about 12 I tried for a while, but didn’t know how to do it. At age 19, someone dared me to go without beef for 2 weeks as a bet. After two weeks I could no longer stomach it and gave it up. Over time, research, experimenting on my self, I slowly gave up dairy and chicken. Being the son of a fisherman, and a long line of fishing people, fish was the hardest to give up. What really marked the end of eating fish was when I decided that I was going to go out and catch the fish myself if I was to continue eating them. Looking at this tuna in the cooler gasping for his last breaths really, really broke my heart. That evening I sautéed the fish and had the worst stomach ache of my life. I knew this was all showing me what I already knew. So I renounced it. Being vegan, or plant-based as I would rather put it didn’t ensure health and longevity though. After years of hard research, experimenting on my own body, time understanding true biochemistry, anatomy, and observation, I realized that the human being is a frugivorous species with a species-specific diet. Through Dr. Sebi, Dr. Robert Morse, and Professor Arnold Ehret I realized how hybridized plants (starch or Carbonic Acid), Meat (uric acid), and dairy (lactic acid) are the cause of most all disease. I witnessed every disease namable reversed through an alkaline, electric diet. Now I help others reach this superior state of health and well being. Where you never have to get sick again. These acids and mucus break down the cells and corrodes the entire body and obstructs it, which causes the symptoms that allopathy calls “Disease”. I eat a high fruit, high carb, low-fat plant-based lifestyle, staying away from hybridized man-made seedless food like products. I recommend everyone read Professor Arnold Ehret’s “rational fasting”, and “mucusless diet healing system”. These can be found for free as a pdf online. I have now been eating flesh free for about 8 years.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
I definitely did it as a process. I found it much easier and gave me and my taste buds time to adjust.
Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism? For example, how strict are you with your children’s veganism at school or at family gatherings?
I keep it 100% with myself and my kids. We expect those close to us to respect that, or prepare to not be in our lives.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
Absolutely! There is such a disconnect regarding what is on our plate, and where it came from. Our ancestors had such a deep connection to the earth, and what grew upon it that became their food. Because of this they walked a little more gentle and regarded the earth as Mother. The food assimilated and digested better due to this. They felt the oneness of all of life, and because of their hands being in the soil constantly, the body knew its place and that it is simply a piece of earth, the five elements, not my-self.
What does being vegan mean to you?
It affects every aspect of my life, but not just because of a “diet” alone, but because of the realization that all of life is one, connected, related, and that every other being loves their life like I love mine. I catch bugs, spiders, etc, and take them safely out of my house. I do everything I can to never resort to violence and to not harm any form of life. I try to not buy from corporations who have deep pockets in the meat and dairy industry. As far as humans are concerned, it also stemmed from realizing the relatedness of all things which causes me to treat all with that same love, affection, inclusiveness. I do agree that eating this way, especially lots of fruit can facilitate these realizations and experience of oneness with all of life. It can also simply be a doorway to a spiritual process.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
It is our responsibility because what we do every day does count. I have seen many change their lives and their diet by what I’ve said. One person not eating animals will save over 2,000 animals in the course of their life. We need to help others understand that it is hypocritical to love one animal as a pet and eat another. To call one person an enemy, and another a brother. This is the insanity that is tearing this planet apart. It comes from human beings disconnected from who they are, and from the earth that sustains them. We can first help them through activism, and secondly by helping them reconnect.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I am extremely compassionate and empathetic towards those who still indulge in eating animals. I know they are ignorant of the realities at hand. However, if I know they have the information and facts but still willfully remain ignorant, I will still treat them kindly, but lose much respect for them as human beings.
Any recommended Vegan books?
The ones I recommended above, Aqiyl Aniys’ “Alkaline herbal medicine”, Dr. David/Annie Jubb’s “Secrets of an alkaline body”, Sadhguru “Inner Engineering”, and “The Autobiography of a Yogi”. I do not consider many books life-changing, as words are just symbols we attach meaning to based on concepts, but these books are rare diamonds that extend beyond empty shells of words. I advise everyone to read them asap!
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
Dr. Robert Morse’s youtube, the facebook/Instagram/youtube of Sadhguru, FullyRaw Kristina, John Rose, Aris Latham, Annette Larkins, Don Bennett, Michael Arnstein “the Fruitarian, Dr. Sebi, and Dr. Greger.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Anyone interested in making the transition should watch “What the Health” and “Forks Over Knives”. Both can be found on Netflix.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
When I used to live in northern California, there is a place outside of Folsom called the Sunflower drive-in. They have the best nut burger on the planet. I wish someone would mail me one haha!
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
A smoothie of tons of dates, bananas, water, and a little cinnamon. It is truly the food of the God’s. Also, since every cell in the body runs on carbohydrates, that makes it perfect cellular energy.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Be easy on your self. It’s a process. Yet don’t take forever because your lifestyle is harming other beings and destroying the planet.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
Non-existent. I’m so used to the west coast and being back here has been incredibly hard. Looking forward to being somewhere again where people don’t look at you like an alien.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
All of the social media outlets today are great tools. Sometimes you just get lucky and run into someone at the grocery store.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
It means abstaining from violent thoughts & actions. Ahimsa.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Truly sun-ripened organic, fresh, seeded fruits. Especially high water content fruits. This is the main reason the tropics are the place to be.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
The first a good few years were definitely hard. You just have to keep in mind why you are doing what you are doing. Perspective is everything, and can mean the difference between success and failure. Your mind state is so important. Be the Master of your own mind and not a slave of the mind, and you can create your own destiny effortlessly. Thank you for this opportunity to share and Pranam.