GUEST POST- Franklin of OpenSourceVegan!

Hey folks,

I'm so excited to introduce you to another fabulous guest blogger today- Franklin of OpenSourceVegan! I've been following and chatting it up with Franklin for a while, so I don't know why we're just now doing this?  Anyway, better late than never! Let's check out Franklin's journey in veganism!


One day, when I was in elementary school, I tasted something strange from my lunchbox meal. I normally ate everything my mother prepared for me, but this time, I only could eat only one spoonful of this unfamiliar item. For the first time in my life, my mother accidentally prepared my lunch with meat sauce. Unlike like the majority of Americans, meat sauce and my taste buds didn't go together.

Don't get me wrong; when I was growing up, I did enjoy eating eggs, cheese, and ice cream, but to this day, I'm very thankful that I have no clue what beef and chicken tastes like. This is because from the womb, I was raised a lacto ovo vegetarian.
My mother raised my brother and I in America's longest living community according to National Geographic, CNN, Good Morning America, Oprah, and BBC News. When we eat together on Saturday, we typically don’t bring meat to the table although some of us will bring dairy products. Physical, mental, and spiritual health is emphasized in this group as a way of life.

I left home, and I went to Hartland College, which is a school that has a vegan cafeteria, a farm, and a lifestyle center. I studied about health from a scientific and biblical perspective, and I came to the same conclusion as Bill Clinton; the optimal diet is man's original, plant based one. As a result, over 7 years ago, I stopped eating dairy products.

At Hartland I was taught by theory and practice that I was not giving up anything, but I was gaining something better. This truly was the case when I went to Mrs. Michelle Grubb Blackwood's house and other staff members' houses. There I ate guilt free, tasty food that any stanch meat eater would enjoy. I was thoroughly delighted to give up sicknesses caused by meat and dairy in exchange for better health and great tasting food.

Vegan Food at Mrs. Blackwood's House

Now I'm working at Wellness Secrets, a lifestyle center in Decatur, Arkansas which emphasizes eight simple and natural remedies to combat chronic diseases: a whole foods, plant based diet, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, air, rest, and trust in God. Patients have received much benefit from applying the principles we teach during our five day live-in program and health seminars in our community and abroad.

Layered Millet Pudding At Wellness Secrets:

In addition, for the past year, I've worked on, which is a great resource for those who want to see what vegans eat and get vegan recipes. In's website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and iTunes pages, visitors will see that a plant based diet really does offer something better.



  1. Franklin, I love this story. Keep up the good work and thank you for mentioning me!


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