I tend to be an introvert. I also love learning and sharing knowledge with others, hence I started a blog. I hope to use this platform to share my way of living for others who are interested in (hopefully) making some changes themselves. For my first post, a bit more about my journey…
Animals are my number one passion, and it was inevitable that I would “find” vegetarianism in my youth, over 13 years ago. As a Texan, raised in Cowtown itself (Fort Worth for any of you non-Texans out there!), my parents were less than thrilled to find out I wouldn’t be eating the meat they put in front of me at mealtimes. I quickly took it upon myself to find vegetarian recipes and cookbooks, and was soon making my own entree in addition to my mom’s salads and veggie side dishes. When she would make spaghetti and meatballs, I would make a side of mushroom tomato sauce. Making burgers? I found the frozen vegetarian section at the grocery store (small section at that time in Texas!) and brought home a veggie burger.
College was an easy transition for me when it came to food…college campuses tend to have plenty of non-meat options! It took me a while (ok not just a while, 10 years, a full DECADE!) for it to sink in that veganism was the way to go. Like many of my fellow vegetarians, vegan sounded too extreme. No CHEESE or ICE CREAM? Who can live like that? Turns out, like many people, I was addicted to dairy (no I am not kidding or exaggerating, most people are addicted to dairy, but I will delve into that on a later post). About 3 years ago I was dabbling in more vegan recipes and came across the documentary Forks Over Knives, and decided to just stop eating dairy and eggs. And it was a lot easier than I expected. I think the most difficult part was dealing with others’ reactions to the news, as fellow vegans can attest (“Yes, I am getting enough protein, calcium and B12, thanks for your concern”).
Since that turning point, I have found a new passion that fits perfectly hand-in-hand with my love for animals, and that is the nutrition of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. It is the mantra of Forks Over Knives, and its “sequel” Plant Pure Nation (both are on Netflix!). For those of you who haven’t yet had the opportunity to watch them, a whole food plant based diet is exactly what it sounds like. It incorporates eating foods that are plants, made from plants in their most unprocessed or whole form. It excludes all forms of meat, dairy, and eggs, as well as refined products like corn syrup, processed sugars, white flour, and oils. My future posts will focus on easy, whole food vegan recipes, as well as nutritional tidbits about herbivorous living. Stay tuned!