By, Kelly Behr
Native Foods Cafe
Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential people in our history. What many of you might not have know is that Coretta Scott King was actually a vegan for about 12 years. She decided to take on a plant-based diet because of her son Dexter’s influence.
Dexter followed the ways of comedian and animal rights activist, Dick Gregory. It makes sense that the Kings would turn to a compassionate way of eating. They took Martin Luther King Jr’s message for peace to a place that included animals.
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Coretta Scott King was quoted saying, "When you are willing to make sacrifices for a great cause, you will never be alone because you will have divine companionship and the support of good people." She felt that all aspects of her life should be working towards a greater good and she felt the plant-based diet was consistent with her message.
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She was also quoted saying, “The benefits for me are increased energy, a slowing of the aging process, and I have none of the diseases like hypertension, heart disease and diabetes that many people my age seem to get." Her over 15 years she spent living on a vegan diet made her feel the most healthy and the most energized.
Her son, Dexter and Coretta Scott King deserve a round of applause for being pioneers not only for peace but for peaceful eating.
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We at Native Foods encourage you to eat peace as well. Happy MLK day!