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#WCW: Up Close with Miami’s Seed Food & Wine Festival Founder Alison Burgos

For many, going vegan is a difficult commitment to make. After all, it requires eliminating major food groups and following a mostly plant-based diet. For Alison Burgos, however, the change was simple, and it was a change for a better life.

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, the part-Puerto Rican, part-Spanish entrepreneur knew that her diet was affecting her overall lifestyle and well-being. Fast forward to today, where Burgos is co-founder and producer of one of Miami’s hottest vegan events – SEED Food & Wine Festival. The festival, held in early November, focuses on creating a conversation, a space, and a movement around plant-based foods, vegan living and the welfare of animals. The stellar SEED created the event from the ground up in hopes that people will be inspired as Burgos was.

We chatted with the food event producer about going vegan, starting a food movement, and more. Read it all ahead to learn why she’s this week’s #WomanCrushWednesday!

Tell us about the health issues that motivated you to follow along a healthy journey.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. I was confined to a wheelchair for about a year before undergoing knee replacement surgery, followed by six months of physical rehabilitation, all in order to be able to walk again.

My wife Michelle already lived a plant-based lifestyle, but the experience made both of us delve into a more conscious, healthy way of life. The changes I made allowed me to ween myself from a lot of my medication, lose more weight than I ever had, feel more energetic and bring my inflammation levels down to remission level.

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