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Welcome! I'm Tracye McQuirter, MPH.
At 53 years old, I’m a 33-year vegan, best-selling author, public health nutritionist, activist, speaker, and vegan trailblazer.
And I’m celebrating three decades of showing people just like you how to become healthy vegans for life and love it!
This is my passion and my life’s work. I truly believe that being vegan is all about practicing love, freedom, and joy---not deprivation.
But the funny thing is, I never thought I’d be vegan. Growing up, I hated any food that looked healthy, especially vegetables. (If it wasn't greasy, creamy or sugary, I didn't want it.)
So what changed for me?
During my sophomore year at Amherst College in 1986, our Black Student Union brought Dick Gregory to campus to talk about the state of black America. Instead, he decided to talk about the plate of black America. About the health, politics, economics, and culture of what we ate, and why we should become vegetarians.
In his speech, he also traced the path of a hamburger from a cow on a factory farm, through the slaughterhouse process, to a fast food restaurant, to a clogged artery, to a heart attack.
His talk rocked my world.
I was already going through a paradigm shift at the time, as a result of the courses I was taking on racism, sexism, classism, and more. So I was open to questioning the way society dictated I should eat, as well.
After Gregory's lecture, I immediately gave up meat--but that only lasted about a week. But I couldn't get what he said out of my mind. When I went home for the summer, a few months later, I got all the books from the library about vegetarianism I could find (this was, of course, years before the Internet). My mother and one of my sisters, Marya, read them too. We all decided to go vegetarian, then we all went vegan about a year or so later.
It's been a miraculous 33 years since then. I've gone on to become a vegan trailblazer (see my bio below) and spend the past 30 years teaching folks how to go vegan.
So if you’d like to learn how to confidently transition to vegan foods to get healthy and feel great, I'd love to work with you.
Check out my Work With Me page and let's get started!