Today we’d like to introduce you to Tabatha James.
Tabatha, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
From growing up in rural Dahlonega, GA, to battling digestive issues, to having a major health scare, I am so glad I discovered veganism in the midst of all the madness. Although I considered myself to be very healthy, I dealt with digestive issues, and I would get sharp pains in my side when I ate certain types of food. I thought I had a gluten allergy, then I thought it may be irritable bowel syndrome. I actually had no idea what was wrong. I was constantly trying different products and remedies and sending my husband to the store to look for things that might help me., but on February 22, 2016 something happened.
Unable to sleep, I was up looking for something to watch online and found the documentary Vegucated. I was horrified by the animal cruelty footage and became vegan overnight. Within three weeks of becoming vegan, the digestive issues disappeared and never returned. I started researching veganism, and the more I learned the more I wanted to share with others. That is how The Sensible Vegan, LLC was born! Today I speak across the nation about veganism, share recipes on my blog that are ten ingredients or less, and write children’s books focused on veganism and animal advocacy. My only regret about becoming vegan is that I wish I had known about it sooner.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has definitely been rough. I was contacted to be featured in Health Magazine and talk about my vegan journey in 2017, and when I did the shoot, I was in outstanding shape. Three weeks after the magazine shoot, I was rear-ended in a car accident and ended up having to have shoulder surgery. Three weeks after my surgery, I was rear-ended again. This was a major setback. My surgeon told me I would be back to normal in December 2019. During this time, I had to rely on faith and my nutrition because I was not able to work out for a long time, and the trauma of being rear-ended twice was very intense. I believe that my plant-based diet played an integral part in my recovery.
Please tell us about The Sensible Vegan.
The mission of The Sensible Vegan, LLC is to educate people about veganism through my blog, public speaking, and books. My second book and first vegan children’s book, Farmer Sue Knew, is the story about a dairy farmer that ends up having children of her own, makes the connection that mama cows and calves have the same bond like humans, and ends of shutting down milk operations. She reopens and starts selling plant milk and converts her farm to an animal sanctuary. I am working on expanding the book to include a workbook. I am also working on a vegan starter guide, more children’s books and my husband and daughter have some vegan projects in the works as well. It’s very exciting!
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I remember growing up and no matter what kind of game, play, concert, sporting event, or whatever it was, my parents were always there. They were the same way with all my siblings. Parents do some amazing things and make a lot of sacrifices for their children. That’s why it saddens me when calves are separated from their mothers. It doesn’t matter if the mother is a human, a dog, a chicken, or a cow, all mothers have the right to bond with their children, teach them, love them, and watch them grow. They just want to be there for them like mine was, and still is, for me.
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