Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Manou Vincent Instagram: @Justmanou_), I was born in Haiti came to Florida at a very young age been here for more than 20 years. I work a normal 9 to 5 job, for now, part-time college student, married and a worship leader. With all that is going on in my life, I find time to prep my vegan meals throughout the week. Because I know many people, especially the Haitian community, are curious about being vegan, with the little knowledge I have I decided to share my recipe and my journey, and this is how @HaitianAndVegan came about.
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
Four years ago, I watched a short documentary video about how the United States processed their meats. Watching that video really messed me up. I was vegetarian for a whole month “cold turkey” went back to earring meat within 3 months I fully became a vegetarian. It wasn’t until June of 2019 that I became a vegan.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
Because I have already cut out me overall transitioning to veganism was too bad, if I could be a little transparent when I was 19 years old I bought this $600 lamb leather jacket from Ralph Lauren, I still have that jacket till this day. If I get to 1000 subscribers on YouTube maybe I’ll upload a video me burning it.
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?
My husband is 100% Haitian and 100% meat eater so unfortunately I have to make two separate meals… for now.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
I don’t know if I want to mentally damage my future children’s mind by showing them those images, of course at a young age if you see a puppy getting chopped up in little pieces you wouldn’t have the thought of eating it and you probably won’t. I naturally became vegan so if they want they’ll naturally fall into that route.
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?
I think there are levels to this, there are vegans who protest in front of meat companies and throw some really harsh words as to why you shouldn’t eat meat, that’s great and all but we live in a crazy time, I live a careful life, people learn better when Information is gently given to them. That’s how I want to spread veganism.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
I believe it’s our duty to gently give the public the proper and healthy information about veganism
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I live with so not that much of a choice, aside from that 80% my family and friends are willing to try my vegan food as long as I add my Haitian spices
Any recommended Vegan books?
When I finally have time to read one I’ll let you know.
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
I love watching YouTube videos from @rgveganfood @avantgardevegan , @bellagawjas , @sweetpotatosoul @ashleywicka
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Last week I finally sat down in front of my camera and spoke about my health and fitness journey, it was emotional and I’m glad I did because many people were inspired
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Parlour Vegan Bakery and @veganjunkie burgers
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
I love a quick Chickpea Salad, it taste just like tuna but it’s the healthier version.
- 1cup Chickpea “mash with a fork” or use a processor
- 1/2 cup Celery
- 1/2 cup of Red Onions
- 1/4 cup of Vegan Mayo
- 3 tsp of Nutritional Yeast
- Pinch of Salt & Pepper
- 1 tsp of Lime juice
- 1 tsp of Mustard
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Your body will thank you in the long run.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
Oh, it’s pretty vegan friendly
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Connect and ask questions.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?
It means to be kind to all animals, they don’t want to be eaten. Mankind will learn eventually so all I can go is educate what I know now about this lifestyle.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
It’s 2020 , we have it all.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
When I tried a vegan lifted in 2018, I had no clue that the food I needed was literally right in front of in the fruits and vegetable isle.