We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Tracye McQuirter, MPH, back to the podcast this week to discuss her remarkable program: 10 Million Black Vegan Women. Initially launched last year as 10,000 Black Vegan Women, Tracye is back after she realized she had been thinking too small about how many people this accessible, online program could reach. So, after exceeding expectations by helping 15,000 Black women go vegan the first time around, this time her improved and expanded plan will help 1 million Black women adopt a plant-based lifestyle every year for the next 10 years. In discussing this not-for-profit program, much of which will be available for free, Tracye talks about why Black women are in the midst of a health crisis and how a shift in diet can positively impact so many chronic health conditions. But her goals are not just related to individual health. She also shares why the Black Lives Matter movement has played a role in incentivizing people to think seriously about adopting a plant-based lifestyle and how changing one’s diet can open one up to so many social justice issues, including animal rights.
Tracye McQuirter is a vegan change agent, award-winning public health nutritionist, speaker, and best-selling author of By Any Greens Necessary, the first vegan diet book for Black women. In 2020, Tracye created the 10,000 Black Vegan Women program, which encourages women to go vegan for 21 days and experience the extraordinary health benefits of the plant-based lifestyle. Tracye was a health advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, an advisor for the Spelman College Wellness Revolution, an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health, and the program director of the first federally funded vegan nutrition program.
“I would love for half of the women, half of the Black women in the United States—Black women and girls—to go vegan in 10 years.” – Tracy McQuirter
Highlights for Episode 621:
- Why COVID-19 highlighted the health and social issues Black women face
- How the results of the 10,000 Black Vegan Women program encouraged Tracye to launch a campaign with the goal of reaching 10 million women
- What it’s like participating in the 10 Million Black Vegan Women program, including recipes, exercise advice, and guest speakers
- Tracye’s vision for her next ten years in promoting the vegan lifestyle
- Tracye’s future plans to start a certification program for Black women to be trained as vegan coaches for other women
- The major obstacles that people face when first trying a plant-based diet
- Why Tracye believes that veganism is both a personal and a political act
- Tracye’s blueprint for eating a healthy, affordable vegan diet
Connect with Tracye McQuirter:
- 10 Million Black Vegan Women Website
- 10 Million Black Vegan Women on Instagram
- By Any Greens Necessary Website
- Tracye on Facebook
- Tracye on Instagram
- Tracye on Twitter
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