Escape to Maui with the Family

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Aloha! Isn’t it amazing how energizing vegan food brings smiles and delight to your day? When in Maui make sure to visit A’a Roots for some of the healthiest grub on the island. Today’s falafel wrap and mung bean/mushroom burger were on point and guilt-free. This plant-based café is one of the reasons why I travel annually to Hawaii. The natural beauty of this island is perfect for Nomadic Souls looking for pure waters, conscious living, and active life.

We settled in at the majestic Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa which is perfect for a family or business trip. In my case, the journey including both. Located on 23 idyllic oceanfront acres at the historic the Pu‘u Keka‘a on Ka‘anapali Beach, the Sheraton is perfect for nomads looking to experience family fun, adventure, and romance. Relax at the resort’s 142-yard lagoon style pool, taste fresh island cuisine, learn indigenous Hawaiian cultural activities and play at the white sandy beach. Eighty-three percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites feature breathtaking views of the Pacific, and sister islands Lana’i and Moloka’i. At sunset, the resort showcases its iconic cliff dive ceremony, a tradition since the resort first opened in 1963. Make lasting memories as you unwind during sunset, snorkel with tropical fish and honu (green sea turtles), learn ukulele with family or rejuvenate at The Spa at Black Rock.

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Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya. These journeys are where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture, and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom.

aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC, and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler, I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance, I’ve received exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day, which is a national holiday celebrated on December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s independence. As you can imagine, people were rejoicing across the country.
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Sanctity of Life: The Recipe for Aging Gracefully

My goal in life is to meet and spend quality time with as many beautiful souls as possible such as 80-year family friend George Maggot from St. Helena Island off the coast of West Africa. In London he invited me over for a home cooked veggie lunch that he prepared singlehandedly, a stroll in the garden park and life conversations to appease both our spirits. George walks a few miles daily, eats one main meal a day (mainly veggies and legumes), nibbles on fruits and nuts, maintains  a strong social life, tends to the garden a few hours a day, volunteers his time to help his neighbors and continues to travel to places like his second home in Ghana where he spent 40 years.

I do believe my soul gravitates more towards elders and wise men and women who understand my path deeper than the majority. I am humbled and grateful to be blessed with opportunities that continuously allow me to learn and experience. Thank you George!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins

 

 

Welcome to the “Vegan Cyborg” Transformation

Vegan Power Story

My name is Kimatni D Rawlins and I’ve been a vegan since 2011. I Lost 50 lbs after the transformation and at age 44 I still have the majority of my speed and strength from my Georgia Tech Football running back days. I founded both Fit Fathers and Vegan Pro and run marathons, half marathons, urbanathlons, box, strength train, swim, mountain bike, cycle, hike, climb and everything else.

I’m free of any supplementation, only drink water, coconut water, and herbal decaf tea, eat 5 to 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day, do not cook with oils, and shy from processed vegan foods.

I am both alcohol free and smoke free and love reggae. I’ve flown 2.2 million miles globally to explore the diversity of the world and its rich plant-based foods and indigenous peoples. As I continue to evolve myself into a Vegan Cyborg only pure foods, thoughts and actions can enter my realm. Please join me if you’re looking for life everlasting change.

Life is for the living so please ascertain to eat clean, stay active and only feed your mind with pure, positive and enlightened thoughts that lead to purity and prosperity. The body is a temple so treat it as one.

To learn more about plant-based eating, disease prevention and ultimate sports performance follow @VeganCyborg on instagram.  One Love!

Third Annual Nomadic Journey: Mountain Biking Cambodia’s Ancient Temples of Angkor

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Greetings from Cambodia for my 3rd annual nomadic expedition, a rediscovery of life, unique cultures, freedom from attachment, and enlightenment. I’ve been traveling for over 20 years now but just recently began traversing the globe to native countries on solo missions. From Phuket to Nepal, the appeal of a simple life, thankfulness, ancient spices and herbs, and nurturing foods entices my pallet. So I continue digging deeper for truth, perspective, and the freedom of life while doing so on a mountain bike utilizing the best local tour guides in the field. Welcome to my world.

After a 25-hour commute from Washington Dulles to San Francisco to Korea and then on to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I landed somewhat restless. As usual, it was confounding circumstances at the airport when I arrived at 11:30 pm, so I feverishly picked out my $9 Tuk Tuk driver and headed to the Grand Boutique II in Phnom Penh for two nights. The streets from the airport into town were pretty dusty and awaiting trash pickups. The open ride let me get a feel for the city before the next day’s explorations. Food cart vendors were open for business, and those that weren’t were preparing for the next day’s busy day. Mopeds and Tuk Tuks rule this town like most cities in Southeast Asia. The 3-star boutique hotel was a small, quaint spot situated in the middle of the hustle off of 5th street. For about $50 a night, it surprisingly included complimentary breakfast (exotic fruit platter, fresh mango juice, and vegetable stir fry rice), free WiFi, and prompt customer service. Mental note, trust is an essential trait for travelers and jet setters, so your senses must be keen and instincts impeccable to avoid ominous scenarios. You will never see me rocking headphones to drown out the environment while I’m abroad.

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I popped up bright and early and went for a run to view the bustle of Cambodia’s busy capital streets. By far, running and biking are the most strategic ways to enjoy new lands while simultaneously energizing the body. With 90-degree weather, the entire 10-day stay I spent outdoors soaking up Vitamin D. First up was a trot to the National Museum, which is actually a temple rich with Cambodian history and relics. Later that night I caught a legendary and magical dance performance put on by the Cambodian Living Arts, which was the highlight of my day. The revelry is fixated on love, food, and peace. For example, in flourishing countries the masses are devoted to obtaining elaborate jewelry, luxury cars, and the grandest houses, while the poor Cambodian farmers dance fervently in solidarity — Beh Krawine Dance — to bless their crops and well-being. It’s the unpretentious things in life that generate happiness.

Next up was a short flight on Bayon Airlines to Siem Reap for day 1 of mountain biking (MTBing) while visiting the ancient temples of Angkor. After extensive research, I selected Cambodia Cycling as my tour guide of choice. The 3-day ride totaled about $600 and included 3-star accommodation, an experienced cycling guide, your bike (Trek or Giant) full board and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake to see the floating fishing village, a support van, and a 3-day Angkor pass. In fact, Dara, Son, and Greg ascertained that every need imaginable was handled under their care including the litany of vegan grub in the area which I have a penchant for. Directly from the airport, we hit the ground pedaling to the temples. Combining the love for cycling with nomadic travel is the best and most modest act a spiritual outlier can ask for.

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The route took us to Prasat Kravan Temple, the Buddhist Temple Banteay Kdei (meaning a citadel of chambers), and the infamous Ta Prohm Temple, which is adorned by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. It was built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, who is discernibly looked upon by historians as the most formidable Khmer monarch. Keep in mind that roughly 80% of all Cambodians are Buddhists. We also admired the Bayon Temple and the temple complex of the breathtaking Angkor Wat. On the gentle ride back to the Angkor Boutique Villa I felt like a kite dancing in a hurricane, flowing freely with thoughts as pervasive as the Andaman Sea. For dinner Son reserved a table at Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant where the open atmosphere was meditative since I was seated next to the garden. Trees grow inside the eco-friendly eatery and bamboo dividers can be rolled up or down depending on the weather. Chamkar serves organic foods using fresh, local veggies. Yes, the meals were light and pleasing.

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Each day we road out from my art deco suite to a uniquely, mystic pocket of the country ripe with fascination. For the next 48 hours in Siem Reap I embraced adoration of living in the countryside to explore the simple life and the floating village where the locals (mostly Vietnamese fishers) dwell and work. In the country, a little girl eats her rice in what seems to be a private abode behind a bush while roosters scream in excitement and rustic bike shops tend to the villagers’ number one mean of transportation. Both the Cambodians and I were equally curious about each other. Humbled is an understatement, primarily since the people here survive off the crops they grow. After MTBing I went back to the hotel to relax, find more veggie grub, and attend another dance and art show. Indeed, I will return to this region of the world, possibly Vietnam.

The nomadic escape on two wheels was another unforgettable experience that I will cherish dearly. No man or woman should ever fear the unknown. Self-discovery is a powerful awareness tool.