Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Korin Sutton and I am a Master Fitness Trainer, Health Coach, and Pro Bodybuilder. I am also Military War Veteran that served for 8 years and also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom III and IV. Right now I am currently running my own training business call BodyHD Fitness and within that business, I train and educate individuals through fitness training, meal plans, and also train people around the through my 12 Week Transformation Program. I am also an international public speaker which I share my knowledge of food sports nutrition on a plant-based diet.
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
l became vegan was about 6 years ago. And I was in school at the time. I was in class and I was able to listen to Gary Yourofsky which is an animal activist. When I heard his speech I felt that all the medals that I earned in the military didn’t serve any justice in what my heart was desiring. I realize there was a silent war that was going on with innocent animals. For once in my life, I didn’t see animals as food anymore. I saw them as living beings that can love, nurture, communicate, can feel pain, that can fear. That is when I decided to leave the military and actually help people without force but with love and compassion. I realize that helping other people’s lives through health and nutrition can be one of the most rewarding things to do. When I have people to this day tell me that I have personally changed their lives for the better. That speaks louder than any medal or ribbon that was put on my chest.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
I say in total it took me about 8 months to a year to be completely vegan by most people opinion by definition. Just because, the more I learned about Veganism the more foods or clothing products I took out of my lifestyle.
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?
No, I don’t make any exceptions that allow me to go out of my way to consume an animal product, just because I am a leader and not a follower. I care about animals and I am very compassionate about this lifestyle. When it comes to family and friends. I show people by being a great example by showing them alternative ways of living during special events or family gatherings. This helps inspire my friends and family because I am not alienating myself from everyone else.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
I believe we should show children how animals are being processed. Maybe there can be ways or an age limit when they are allowed to see what happens. But I think hiding the truth about anything around kids is just wrong overall and not just pertaining to animals. I am part of a nonprofit which is called Animal Hero Kids. And we teach kids a fun way on how kids can live and thrive on a plant-based diet. And I believe this is one of the best ways to inspire kids. We have classes, seminars, and assignments which helps kids know the truth about animals without putting fear into the child. We have reached over 40,000 children each year nationwide by educating the youth with this knowledge and practice.
What does being vegan mean to you? For example, does it extend to not killing bugs and bees? Does it include not patronizing vegan companies owned by non-vegan parent companies? Does it affect the way you treat other humans?
To me, veganism means doing the least amount of harm to all living species as much as possible. For example, I won’t say I don’t kill bugs because when I am driving my car. I am killing a lot of them. But at the same time, I try my best to preserve as much life that I can. In this realm, we live in called Earth. Everything revolves around life and death. So it is hard to be perfect. And I know I am not perfect, and I contribute to some type of death for some type of living species for just me being here in existence. So the best answer is as long we all try our best to preserve life.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
No, not everyone has what it takes to be an activist which is ok. We all have different roles we play in life. So just being vegan is good enough and maybe that may just inspire the friends and family that is around you. Even that is playing a big role in helping animals.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I am very compassionate with non-vegans or just all living beings in general. I use to eat meat myself so I cannot be a hypocrite and start hating other individuals because they consume meat. Some people are just not aware of this lifestyle and Veganism do have a lot of stigmas about it as well which a lot of people today still believe. That’s why it’s important to educate and not fight each other.
Any recommended Vegan books?
Yes, How Not To Die by Dr. Micheal Garth, The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons, Vegan Strong by Bill Muir, and Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness by Robert Cheeke
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
I have my personal social media sites and also webpage which I share food, health, and fitness!
Vegan Live Fit Facebook Community Page
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Yes, a good movie to watch would be Earthlings. I highly recommend this movie because it just doesn’t just go over Veganism but also how mankind treats each other when it comes to overall life and history.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
My favorite restaurant would be The New Vegan in Delray Beach, Fl
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Vegan Protein Pancakes
1 Mixing Bowl
1/4 Cup Tapioca Powder
1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 Scoops Raw Fusion Banana Nut Protein 1 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Tsp Almond Extract
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Egg Replacer
1 Tsp baking powder optional
- Put all the Ingredients except the olive oil and mix it all together in a mixing bowl until the batter is thick but smooth. If you want the batter lighter just add more coconut milk.
- Use olive oil to lube up the skillet and heat the skillet to low-medium heat.
- Once the skillet is heated pour batter inside to any desired size you want.
- When you see multiple bubbles rising on top of the pancake flip and repeat.
- Each side of the pancake should have a light golden brown color for it to be complete.
- You can add any toppings like fruit, peanut butter, agave, and etc.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
It is progressively growing here in Miami. I feel like every 3 months there is a new restaurant or a new festival that is going on. The vegan movement is really getting recognized! And more people are moving towards this lifestyle.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Definitely, the power of social media helps bring people together. Especially joining vegan community groups to learn more about this lifestyle. There are many people that are willing to hang out and do potlucks, hold cooking classes, and also do activism. Social media helps a lot of these things to really come to life. I think it is one of the best ways to meet up with other vegans especially if individuals are interested in this lifestyle.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?
Cruelty-free is an empty meaning too me because there is no such thing as a cruelty free death. All animals die at the end. For example, some pigs at ranches are held in cages that are pretty much the same size of their body and it is so small that they cannot even get up. So by making the cage just a bit bigger so now they can get up and just turn around. I don’t think having an animal that has done anything wrong to be isolated in a cage and also by making the space just a tad bigger really made a significant difference in that animal life. Also like I mention, the animal is still going to get slaughtered at the end. So I just don’t believe in cruelty free practice.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
One of my favorite food companies is Gardien just because they have so many varieties of food that people can choose from. They pretty much have a vegan version of any animal by-product that is out there. Which makes it easier for other individuals that are interested to transition.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
I think the toughest vegan item that I need is just vegan protein when I am traveling. I usually have to meal prep and bring some food with me if I want to make sure I am getting enough protein within my diet. But this is only because I am very strict in what I am eating when I am competing and during prep. But if I am just having fun and not working about my nutrition. Then really nothing is that hard to find or need.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
I really never had a time that I struggled being vegan. To me its a lifestyle not a punishment or life-sentence. Vegan food is everywhere no matter where I go around the world. All fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes are vegan and they have all the nutrients I need to survive and thrive.
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