Black Vegetarian Society of Texas’ “Meatout 2013” This Saturday!

188717_10150123796319021_1784590_nCome visit Dallas Vegan at the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas’ annual “Meatout” event this Saturday, March 23. We are excited to participate for our third year in a row at this great community event focusing on healthy vegan living. Stop by and say “hi” – learn about what we do at Dallas Vegan and how you can help. Check out more information about the event provided by BVSTx:



Time: 10 am – 3 pm, Saturday, March 23

Place: Dallas Farmers Market Indoor Event Center, 1010 S. Pearl Exp.

Theme: Living Life Veggie Style

Keynote Speaker: Afya Ibomu, Holistic Nutritionist, Author, and CEO of

Afya has been a vegetarian since 1990. Her third book, the Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy , was nominated for an African American Literary Award for cookbook of the year. Afya is certified in Holistic Health and holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. She is also the author of the Get Your Crochet On! pattern book series, that has sold over 20,000 copies. Afya is a celebrity nutritionist and crochet designer working with hip hop artists such as Erykah Badu, Common, Dead Prez and Talib Kweli. Afya currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, of Dead Prez and their eleven year-old son Itwela.

Featured Speaker: Jayshri Chasmawala, Doctor of Osteopathy, who also has a Masters in Public Health, and Owner, Pure Health Family Practice

Dr. Chasmawala’s educational background includes a 2002 Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2004 she received her Masters in Public Healthfrom UNT’s School of Public Health where her research focused on eating disorders. She completed her residency at Houston’s Christus St. Joseph Family Practice Residency Program in 2005. Her dual educational background, continuing medical education endeavors and interest in weight management complement her goal to properly address her patients’ needs of all ages. She is fluent in Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati.

Dr. Chasmawala is from a large family with one sister and two brothers. The family has resided in Fort Worth, Texas since 1986. She now lives in Dallas, enjoys the wealth of activities available, and is still close to her family. She is an avid runner and in the past has participated in the Cowtown Half-Marathon and Danskin Triathlon among other events. She lives what she "preaches" regarding nutrition and exercise. Dr. Chasmawala follows a vegetarian lifestyle.

For a listing of all our speakers and presenters, most of whom are first-time Festival participants, please click on the MEATOUT 2013 blog page below at:

BVSTX Meatout 2013