I have declared that next year my aim is to create more vegans, at least, 100. One hundred people will become vegans through coaching and training sessions and lectures. Being vegan isn’t as hard as people make it seem, but in a society that stresses the need for animal meat as the center of lunch and dinner it can create hesitancy in switching to become vegan. In addition, misinformation about where to extract protein and iron in a vegan diet may prevent others.
spicy bean patties
First let’s slice and dice protein. Cutting right to the chase, most people eat too much protein. As a fighter, I need protein, more than the average person, but definitely a lot less than a bodybuilder. The average person needs only .4 grams of protein per pound. A bodybuilder will eat well over 1.5+ grams of protein as his/her daily estimate. I fit somewhere between .6 and 1 gram. Keep in mind that athletes and bodybuilders must routinely repair muscles and replenish amino acid levels. ...full article
In London, I asked the hotel
receptionist (it’s a guy, you know you thought of a gender) about directions.
He began telling me about a H58 bus and what not, and I stopped him. “Which
way? I’m going to run there…on foot.” He snickered and looked at me like I was
nuts. Same reaction I get in the U.S. for running. What? Mofos don’t run
anymore? People do. In the U.S. they run, in London I saw them running. In
India, only on my way to Mangalore airport I was inspired by an Indian woman
who did more than run. She walked on the edge of the road in nutty traffic from
the direction of the airport. I don’t know really where she came from or where
she was going, but she was neatly dressed with a dignified look on her face.
Watching her, I quickly thought back
to one year in high school. I remember kids puzzled, some laughing asking me “Why
were you pushing a shopping cart down the road all by yourself?” Till this day,
I think it was the most sensible response and reason. It was the same year I began
working out to begin competing as a bodybuilder. In my world, I need no cars if
I have my legs. In my world, I need no money if I have valuable friendship and
family. In my world, I’m not lost if a destination exists. In this world there
are few visitors to come by, but, the ones who do always motivate me.
Last night, at 1:30am (London time)
I decided to walk to the London Heathrow airport for action and internet wifi. The
scene was dead but I stayed until 5:30am. Before I left, I began thinking, “There
is always a solution. Never panic.” I have lived by this and it has become my
motto. It’s far from perfected. The discussion in my head was mainly for
internalizing my own belief. The walk to the airport may seem odd to people,
but I get there in 10-15min. JFK and La Guardia airports would do well to get a
walking lane TOO! What’s 15min. or even 20min.?
In a Florida high school where
everyone drives, I told my peers, “I had to carry a 30lbs dumbbell home.” Honestly,
it may have been 25lbs. Anyway, I pushed the cart from the mall and traveled
maybe 2-5 miles home. I can’t remember the mileage, but I couldn’t wait for my
family to drop what they were doing just to drive me. It was a bit difficult,
but, I was also trying something more difficult and more amazing. Three years
later, I was a teen finalist in NABBA and I wasn’t even entirely focused on
that one sport.
The woman who I saw walking down
the hill from Mangalore airport only days ago, she inspired me. Just by walking. And, I’ll reuse this
story in a few days from now to discuss veganism and exercise and anything I feel
my mind needs to share with people who will hear me. The woman: She was walking
amongst cars screeching around the corner feverishly trying to make departures,
with NO sidewalk, nothing but peril and still more miles to go as there was
nothing but space between civilization and that Mangalore airport. No joy, but no
fear either written on her face. I took time to notice her impression, albeit,
I could not tell you one piece of fabric she wore, but I know she was not
unkept. When I felt fear for her and saw her lack of caution I knew ‘whatever
has to get done was done that day, by her.’
As for me and my run, it was the
best day in London so far. I found an apple tree…you know I took some apples,
about nine. I took pictures on my run. I saw the biggest snail I ever saw,
sadly that was after I mistakenly killed one. I put it off the road along with some
of his/her buddies so they’d be safer. Goats! I saw three goats that seemed to
belong to no one. Ok, don’t believe me. It’s the UK, you know. They belonged to
no one. Also, I found an adapter to UK’s outlet and some veggies and other food
I could actually afford. I would have missed half of this precious experience on
a bus or in a car. And of course, I would not be more prepared for my fight at
the end of this month when I return to the ring in the States.
Last night, when I was at the Heathrow’s
airport (I know, I spend too much time near planes) I thought about how to
convey to people how to problem solve and how fighters muster up courage and
even win when things look bleak at first. Imagine playing an adventurous video
game like Super Mario Bros or Metroid. After breaking the game, you buy another
one and then after several more attempts and different tactics you finally beat
a very difficult level. You eventually lose again of course. You were still in
shock from the win. However, when you arrived at the difficult level again that
has caused you pain and money you used the same exact tactic for the same exact
level. Voila! You beat it with ease. Your mind then takes that victory and expands
your strategic GAME plan to beat the future levels. Not with the same exact
approach, but with an almost hybrid-approach to creating another winning solution.
Once you know that the harder
levels are conquerable and even easier once mastered you’ll only want more
challenges in life to expand your mental and physical capacity. You need nothing in your pocket, no vehicle,
and no direction but your own. Build yourself.
Oooohhh…check out my cool pics from today (10/3/13...London)! J
They did not want to play. One did act photogenic though.
The size of 50 pence & 2 rupee. Actually, had no quarter.
Even in London with an exchange, it's cheaper than U.S.!
article is intended for those 17 and up as it contains content that may be
unsuitable for youngins, but if you are an 8-year-old in the fight game, you
done seen more than most, so just ask your Mommy and Daddy.]
getting my amateur MMA license
Tonight the smiles were grinning
at me as I were running through a slew of congratulations, pats on the back,
conversations about my maneuvers and laughter was high and repeated, and my
opponent even thanked me for the match and asked me for help with stand-up. A
couple dozen spectators in the bleachers, fighters on the card and promoters and
officials on the floor they all heaped praise; that for a minute, I thought that
I had actually won. Mofo fake illusionists. Architects of pure fantasy. It was
all believable. Even my cornermen failed to instruct me I had lost once I
exited the cage. Not a “next time, Champ! There are more fights out there.”
Had I not put these developments in
black and white I might wake up wondering in the morning “Who stole my mofo
trophy??” Nonetheless, I had been in the ring, I had been on the mat, I had
lost here before. I know the script. The Champ is not so inundated with wins
that I might embarrass myself reaching for my opponent’s trophy. I know the instinctive
actions of one who lost. “Champ, pick your head up, congratulate your opponent’s
cornermen, salute your opponent, exit the ring stage left, and for fighter’s
sake leave the damn trophy.” This is how you lose.
My amazing lost, so believable I
had not stopped smiling until I got home. Then, it truly set-in, I did great in
MMA for a boxer. I’m in physical pain
AND I lost. When you lose, you replay everything back what you could have done
right. I hate this process. But, I know the importance of losing. Yes, there is
such a thing. But, no one ever asks me what to do if I should lose. Everyone’s always
asking how to win, and yeah, that’s how it should be. But, there’s a lesson in
the roughest of all losses.
If a young fighter ever asked me
how you should feel and what you should do: Shine. You came in the arena confident,
you leave the arena confident. Everything everyone told you about your amazing loss,
believe it. You were quite awesome. But, do yourself a favor, at that juncture
of feeling awful after you lost ascend your fight game to victory: Train hard,
eat right, study yourself, study your opponent, talk with your coach and team, revisit
your lost, and make amends for the lack of experience, skill, talent, timing, strength
and/or speed. But, even if you should have no W’s in your win column, answer to
your name, “Champ”. You are of the tiniest minorities to go into that Lion’s
Den. And never forget what I tell you, youngin’.
But, me, I’m not doing any of
that shit. I’ll nurse these physical injuries and that’s about it. I got too
many W’s and too few losses…I’m going to stop at “Shine”. And then, I’ll hop
back in the ring, cage, wherever. But, you, shit, you got to work yourself
through all the various stages and win, Champion. There are no shortcuts for
those who haven’t learned the long way first or think like losers. For all practical
and non-political purposes, fighter, you are the 1%. It takes a profound mental
state to get in the ring or cage, otherwise, mofos would be doing it. But,
young fighter, it will raise your confidence level more and more in everything
that you do if applied properly. Oh, and please don’t ask me how I’m doing. Ask
me, “How much are you shining today, Champ?” “Optimal. I’m still at optimal
level”. [video soon to follow]
I am now training out of Gym X Boxing on Malcolm X Blvd.
May is a heavy month for me. My daily personal training sessions and boxing classes with young people don't stop while I continue to train hard for my upcoming fight in Long Island. Did I mention I'm going up from super middleweight to heavyweight.
What am I doing to increase my weight by 25lbs you say?
Lots of weight training. Hemp & chia seeds smoothies with almond or soy milk with assorted nuts seeds like cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc. Avocados daily. Lots of water for the smooth processing towards the regeneration of my cells.
All presentations are interactive, fun and challenging. Be prepared!
Coming right off of that match, I have about a week to tighten up my presentation for the NOLA Veggie Fest. And then I am back and forth from US to Europe. I am expected to meet with folk in other countries (Italy and Barcelona) for promotions and tour & programming support.
What am I doing to maintain and keep my energy levels high?
I have an optimistic disposition even under fire. I will be eating bananas like nobody's business. And for more potassium because of my sensitivity to salt I aim to eat papayas as well. I don't want to get sick so I plan on eating fresh oranges, grapefruit, blackberries and blueberries. I will be juicing lemons, ginger and garlic. And I am stacking the Green Calvary! ....Chard! Spinach! Kale! Beet Greens! Collard Greens! Celery!
Tour Update April 7th - "Boxing as Veg: Tao of Plant-Based Training"
This is my first leg of the tour outside of New York City and it was in Austin, TX at the Texas Vegfest. I had an awesome first time in Austin, TX. The Texas Vegfest was done to perfection. Good food and even better people. Many already plant-based, but several were interested in becoming vegan or vegetarian. I intend to add video short. But, enjoy the pics! Feel free to share with friends and family.
I engaged people in conversation about science through a H2O demonstration. Taught folks a little about the importance of geometry in boxing discussing degrees in stance and angles for offense and defense.
Of course I had to compare plant-based nutrition plans to those that include meat.
It was nice to speak about detoxing, cutting weight and building muscle.
Tour Update March 17th - "Boxing as Veg: Tao of Plant-Based Training"
Each stop discusses Omowale's nutritional plan and advice on going vegan with an emphasis on where to consume the most protein with this diet. The tour discusses Omowale's 20yrs as a vegetarian and his 2013 transformation to becoming a vegan. Omowale also addresses bullying, fear and aggression. And of course you'll learn boxing tips. Najee Williams assists during the demonstration as the boxer. Some stops will provide an opportunity for attendees to do abs routines at the end of the demonstration. A Q & A session will be available at the very end if time allows.
While most stops on the tour are public, some are private. All stops will feature Wale, other stops will be lucky enough to also catch young Najee in action. Email email@example.com for more details.
This year is an exciting year
for me! In January I set my course to win the Golden Gloves, a major boxing tournament.
Last year, in my first time entering I lost in the quarterfinals. However, this
year I feel stronger and I’m more knowledgeable. I won my first match this
month by 3rd round stoppage. Yeah!. As I train for my next match I am also planning my international tour Boxing
as Veg: The Tao of Plant-Based Training.
As a vegetarian who boxer,
there’s a lot at stake in this tourney. I want to illustrate the importance of
eating healthy and exercising regularly. I want to teach our youth and adults
that monitoring our blood pressure, insulin levels, and the intake of saturated
fats is crucial to our wellness. Therefore, when the opportunity was presented
to me I decided to fly with it. I’m making stops from NYC to the Bay Area and
from India to London this year at over a dozen veg festivals.
I found a simple and practical
solution to present to the world my solution towards combating horrible eating
and terrible conditioning. I created a special way to develop young men and
women who will love to train their mind and bodies to reach their highest
launched this tour because I had hypertension since I was 18 and now I have the
non-medicated cure. Heart disease is the number one killer in America.
I will be giving away my free pamphlet that offers everything from combating fear
to calming your aggression to lowering blood pressure and answering high
OMOWALE ADEWALE “WALE”
This is Wale’s third tour
since 2005, including a leadership tour and artist empowerment tour. In 2004
and 2006 he was requested by congress to give live testimony on the poor
health of artists and poor communities at the HR 676 Universal healthcare
hearing. He has appeared in XXL and the Source and numerous publications and
media around the world on topics of health, politics and Hip-Hop. Wale is a champion
boxer who began learning at 18. Wale is a USA Boxing certified coach. As a teen
he was a former NABBA finalist and ranked 5th in the state among track and
field athletes. Wale co-founded Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME) in 2001
and developed its youth program, R.E.B.E.L through his FAR Fund/Fund for Social
Change fellowship in 2005. Before he turned 30, upon stepping onto the ground
of Africa for the first time a G.A.ME banner flapped high surrounded by a few
dozen people welcoming him to the continent. With virtually no assistance
outside of G.A.ME he has organized doctors to treat those in the US and
traveled with medicine to Nigeria. Wale managed and helped lead successful
political campaigns in NYC. Wale is certified by Family Support Systems &
ACS in foster care parenting and a Phoenix House trained youth mentor.
THE TOUR…THE PRESENTATION
The tour and
presentations for each city is entitled Boxing
as Veg: The Tao of Plant-Based Training. The presentation is divided into
three components: slides and interactive discussion, a boxing demonstration and
a 7-minute abs routine for attendees to get tough and sweaty. During the slides
and discussion, I address complete ways on how to combat hypertension and
diabetes through fruit and vegetable juicing and give a peek into my
nutritional plan and conditional regiment. The demonstration of boxing techniques
utilizes correct stance, creation of offensive angles, precision striking,
agile footwork and various punching combinations. One or two partners assist
me. Lastly, I ask volunteer attendees to grunt through a variety of abs
routines for 7-minutes.
R.E.B.E.L BOXING CLINIC
RBC is the ultimate goal for
this tour. RBC is the development of our young generation. RBC trains young
bodies and educates young minds, not to be boxing champions, but to become
champions of life. The purpose of RBC is to support the youngest and brightest
of our youth leaders work with their troubled peers. The focus is to address
fear, calm aggression and stop bullying.
You have the unique
opportunity to stand on the side of good health and wellness and assist
thousands of people internationally through this amazing tour; not to mention
empower youth through long-term leadership development. As
it stands, there are 12 confirmed stops on the tour. The very first stop in the
Bronx will be led by young leaders. I will directly engage close to 5,000
people through speaking engagements, tabling, phone conversations and in-person
conversations throughout this international tour. My hope is to touch 10,000+
people. The marketing and promotional push by all the organizers connected to
each festival and conference will reach over 100,000+ peoplein the vegan, vegetarian and veg-curious arena.
Many are awaiting better health.