Stacey Hardman, center, her son Todd Ashley and daughter Raven Ashley were celebrating the Chiefs’ win over the Greenbay Packers during Hardman’s “KC Girl on the Move” vegan cooking show. Sabrina Fountain was the videographer.
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First, Stacey Hardman gave up eating pork.
She gave up beef. Next came chicken and turkey, and then finally dairy products.
It’s been two years since Hardman went vegan in an effort to get healthy.
Now, she’s using social media to show people, in Kansas City and beyond, the joys of plant-based eating.
“Food shapes how you think,”Hardman stated. “Whatever you put into your system, it is a different way you are throughout the day.”
The event included a family sing-along. “KC Girl on the Move”Live cooking show. Stacey Hardman (center) and her children Todd and Raven Ashley assisted with commentary and cooking. Roy Inman Special to The Star
Hardman tells her audience that she thinks about how you feel when eating sugary food. Or how you feel when you eat a number three at McDonald’s. She encourages them all to tune in to their bodies and to notice which meals make them feel sluggish or energized.
“Start paying attention to your body because your body talks to you,”Hardman stated. “It talks and I want people to start listening to their bodies before they get sick.”
On the Facebook pageKC Girl on The MoveHardman, often clad in Chiefs gear and usually with her two daughters, goes live every week. In some episodes, her son and grandchildren join her in the kitchen.
“KC girl on the move,”Hardman sings, which kicks off the show. Harmonizing, her daughters respond: “What’s on your mind?”
They share beginner vegan recipes together with her more than 1,000 followers. She hopes to publish a cookbook with all her recipes by the end.
People have the greatest misconceptions about vegan food? That it’s nasty, Hardman said.
But not only is she proving them wrong — she’s changing their minds.
Jackfruit barbecue nachos. Lasagna soup. Carrot bacon. Quiche. Sushi.
Hardman can make a vegan substitute for any dish.
Hardman’s recipe for her Sunday evening segment was for homemade tomato soup, using heirloom tomatoes. Roy Inman Special to The Star
The moniker “She’s Vegan Candies,”Hardman can be found at pop-up events selling her ginger and turmeric cookies and her special tonic made of turmeric root, black pepper and cayenne.
“We want you to be healthy from the inside out,”She reminds her online audience. “You do not need to be vegan to eat vegan food.”
KC Girl On the Move is not just about physical health.
Hardman follows the belief that food shapes thought and weaves thought-provoking conversations within her content. She’ll talk about red flags in relationships. Or she’ll talk about womanhood, fatherhood or family.
She suggested thinking and cooking. “go hand in hand because they determine how your day is going to be.”
Sabrina Fountain served as the videographer for the Roy Inman livestream of KC Girl on the Move. Special to The Star
Hardman was close to diabetes before she went vegan. Instead, she said, she’s escaped the realm of being even prediabetic.
As a Black woman, she’s been galvanized by the disproportionate rates of heart disease and diabetes among Black people, who often receive lower-quality health care and are less likely to receive preventive medical treatments than white people.
Hardman was a certified nurse assistant and an ephebotomist for many years. He saw these disparities firsthand.
“Being a diabetic, having heart disease — we just think that this runs in the family … and I’m gonna have it forever. No, that’s not true,”Hardman stated. “It’s important for me to share this information with Black people so they can understand.”
Hardman was a bagger, who took bodies to the morgue and stored them in coolers. Her experience of connecting to patients and then dealing with their deaths shaped her advocacy for health- and wellness.
“I want to get people to say, ‘I want to be in charge of what goes into my system. I want to be more healthy from the inside out,’”Hardman stated. “‘I don’t want to rely on medicines to make me well. I want to rely on fruits and vegetables and different herbs.’”
Stacey Hardman prefers to add ingredients according the taste and not according to measurements. Roy Inman Special to The Star
Despite the perception that vegan foodIt is expensive. Hardman is insistent about what you can do by slow cooking beans and seasoning.
“What’s expensive is those doctors, that medicine. That’s expensive,”She spoke.
She has heard from many of her fans that their skin has cleared up and their muscles aren’t as stiff or their circulation has improved.
“I want Kansas City Girl on the Move to be a representation of what you can do when you want to make good choices. It’s going to change the course of your whole entire family generation,”Hardman stated.
Hardman’s family was never prepared to try plant-based cooking. It’s trickling down to her sister, nieces, children and grandchildren.
“Other people are seeing me, and if I keep on doing what I’m doing, then other people will come along as well. So that excites me — that makes me happy that people want to know. They want to change,”She spoke.
Hardman maintains that knowledge alone isn’t power. She amended the adage. “Applied knowledge is power.”