In this re.engineer Q&A moment, we spend some time catching up with Chef LaTara Jeffers, Founder and CEO of Veganish. Chef LaTara is leading an inspiring movement that is #reengineering how we develop healthier lifestyles. She is definitely an entrepreneur to keep an eye on as Veganish is a game changing force that is disrupting our traditional beliefs on what it takes to live your “Healthiest Life”.
Q: When did you realize that you weren’t living your healthiest life and what did you do to turn things around?
Chef LaTara: Growing up, I spent the ages of 17-29 with many health issues. In and out of the hospital, more ER visits then I can count, all of my hair fell out, body covered in open sores, gained weight, lost weight, and at one point I had 5 different doctors and was on 5 different medications. Let’s just say things started spiraling out of control. I was sick so often that it became my new normal and I became a pro at hiding it. This back and forth made me super depressed and I had the worst anxiety that resulted in me becoming a workaholic to numb the pain. I would go through phases where I would feel fine for about 5 months and then I would get extremely sick for 3 months (omg, it was exhausting). March 2017, I noticed some of my symptoms started coming back. I never had a doctor who could really pin point what was wrong with me. With every visit they would just write me a new prescription and send me on my way. But I’ll never forget my last appointment when my doctor told me “Ms. Jeffers, we have done everything. I have no idea what else to do.” Those words sounded like a death sentence. So he sent me to a homeopathic doctor who recommended I go vegan for 2 weeks.
Let’s just say I was not feeling it!! But June 2017 I decided that I did not want to live with the pain and decided to take control of my own life. I went Vegan... I was off all of my medication in 4 months. My anxiety went away. I lost 55lbs. I have so much energy. This entire time I thought this journey was about me, but many have gone on this journey with me. It took me until the 9th month to realize that this wasn’t about me at all. God showed me that the purpose for all the pain, all the illness and suffering was so that I could get to this moment and help everyone else live their Healthiest Life!! It’s so overwhelming and exciting at the same time.
Q: What inspired you to start Veganish?
Chef LaTara: I get so much joy out of helping people make better decisions as it pertains to your health. So I’m happy to say that this is MY new life. This also birthed my new brand “Veganish”. Yes, I call myself Veganish because I can’t get rid of my salmon and snow crabs. Lol. I 100% believe that you can be Vegan 60-70% of your week and live a healthier life from the inside out. I’m grateful and so blessed for all the people who have encouraged me this last year!!! To all the people who are new to this lifestyle, welcome to the party!!!
Q: What type of advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Chef LaTara: It’s very important to be present, be relevant, and add value.
Q: How are you driving innovation with your passion?
Chef LaTara: So many people are struggling with their weight, health, and/or energy level. I’m so passionate with educating people on how to solve all these daily issues with food. Health is wealth, everything you put in your body can either be medicine or poison. I wake up everyday hoping I can educate one more person.
Q: What keeps you up at night?
Chef LaTara: New meals with new fresh ingredients, physically wake me up out of my sleep.
Chef LaTara, you have given so many of us hope that a vegan(ish) approach can be the key to #creatingvalue in our daily lives and I couldn’t have said it better, #HealthIsWealth. You have taken the opportunity to refresh a traditional approach to dieting and have developed a sustainable solution that accommodates a larger population, the very essence of reengineering and because of that, you are a certified re.engineer!
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