Afro-Vegan Interviews: Dr. Qadira Huff

Dr. Qadira Huff is a proud wife, mother, pediatrician, and lifestyle medicine physician who aims to educate families about the benefits of a health-promoting lifestyle. She was even on the Wellness Panel for our Plant Power to the People event back in October!

Her business Sprouting Wellness reflects her personal mission with its slogan being “Family-centered lifestyle change for lifelong health”, especially since she’s a lifelong vegan with veg family.

Learn more about her and her wonderful work with her profile below!

1. Where were you born and raised?

Washington, DC native.

2. What were your favorite foods growing up?

Mom's cast iron skillet enchiladas and BBQ gluten were hard to beat!

3. How did your platform begin?

Soon after getting certified in Lifestyle Medicine in Fall 2019, I felt compelled to share the message of evidence-based lifestyle approaches with as many people as possible, especially communities of color who experience worse health outcomes virtually across the board. There are many restraints in primary care in terms of time limitations and taking more creative approaches to teaching kids and families. These factors and others inspired me to found Sprouting Wellness as a new vehicle to educate and promote healthier lifestyles for families! My business's slogan is "Lifestyle change for lifelong health" - and it really highlights that we have so much more power than we realize in creating our healthiest selves through the power of our everyday habits. I created my platform to help inspire families to take control over their own health - since true health takes root at home - not in a clinic!

4. What do you do outside of your personal and professional work?

In my pre-COVID19 life, I was an avid traveler - like as soon as I returned from a trip, I'd start planning the next adventure. In 2019, I was blessed to travel to Malaysia, Morocco, and Iceland. I am grateful I was able to scratch the itch last year, since 2020 has been a grounded year. Over the past several months, I have become a Peloton cycling enthusiast and gotten more into audiobooks.

5. What's your vegan story?

I'm proud to say that at 36 years old, I've never eaten meat. I was actually raised in a plant-based household growing up - both of my parents stopped eating meat and consuming dairy in the 1970s. This move came in the context of their involvement in the Black Liberation movement and a deliberate return to an unprocessed, whole food, plant-based diet that was more reflective of an Afrocentric, heritage style of eating. This lifestyle change was a move towards greater self-empowerment as Black people, and a recognition that our plates are a prime gateway to health that we can control! Growing up, our family meals were always somewhere on the