I’m so glad you decided to stop by my blog. I hope you enjoy the recipes I’ve created for you and your family. I know starting a plant based lifestyle can be confusing and overwhelming. There is so much information out there. You may feel like you need to go “all in”. But I’m here to show you how delicious and easy, living a plant based lifestyle can be. And it doesn’t have to be extreme. You don’t have to dive into it head first and overhaul your entire life if you’re not ready for it. Take it one meal at a time or even just one snack at a time. Enjoy the process, enjoy the food and let your palate guide you…
Here’s a little bit about me… I’m a corporate tax lawyer, a wife and the proud mom of an amazing little boy who just turned one years old.
When I was growing up, my mom made everything from scratch. EVERYTHING. From her own yogurt, to baking her own bread, to any meal we fancied. She also kept meals very structured. We ate three meals a day, and one afternoon snack. Every breakfast and dinner we ate together, as a family. And every dinner followed the same structure: an appetizer, a main course made of meat (no, I didn’t grow up vegan), vegetables and whole grains followed by a fruit based dessert. Yes, very structured!
As a kid, I was very active. I was involved in more sports then I can remember. From gymnastics, to figure skating, to dance, to karate, to swimming. In my early twenties, I started hitting the gym and was instantly intrigued by bodybuilding and more specifically, women’s figure/fitness. I was fascinated by the type of bodies fitness competitors built and the way their diet was so structured. It appealed to my very structured upbringing. And so I started training 6 times a week and hired a personal trainer to design a workout plan for me. I also started eating very meat heavy meals 6 times a day. My body responded rapidly to the intensity of the training and the rigidity of the diet and before long, I was at a dangerously low percentage of body fat.
And then I started the dangerous cycle that is so common in the fitness industry of the “off-season” (where it’s normal to put on quite a bit of weight) and “on-season” (where you slim down by restricting your food intake and doing massive amount of cardio workouts). To say that it wrecked havoc on my body is an understatement. My skin was flaky, pale and sensitive to everything, my hair was dull and falling out, my nails were brittle and weak. But the greater problem was my major digestive issues. And so I began looking for a way to heal myself. All the books I read and research I ploughed through, led to a plant based lifestyle and so, without hesitation, I became vegan. Overnight. Can you tell I have a nack for extreme food behaviours…
At first, I was thriving. My heart felt content because I was finally living a life of compassion and conscious decision. I could look at my little dog, Brutus the Chihuahua, and know that I was equally loving and respecting all creatures. I was physically and emotionally feeling my best. I had plenty of energy, my skin was glowing, my once thinning, dull hair was thickening, my nails weren’t breaking all the time and most importantly, my digestive issues seemed to slowly go away. I was happy! And so I started experimenting with my diet. I ate a lot more raw foods and I no longer payed close attention to protein or fat intake. For the first time in a long time, I was letting my taste buds dictate my diet… Do I need to tell you that, that didn’t work out so well for me!
My previous ailments started coming back. I was no longer feeling energized. On the contrary, I started feeling depressed on a regular basis, and would catch myself crying for no reason, which is something I had never experienced. My hair started falling out again, my nails became brittle and my stomach was now even more sensitive to a greater spectrum of foods. And so once again, I dug into my books and began adding a lot of supplements to my diet. Actually, if you walked into my kitchen at that time, it looked more like a pharmacy. This continued on for a while, but I wasn’t getting any better. I continued until I could no longer ignore that something was terribly wrong and I needed more then supplements to fix it.
A trip to the doctor’s office and a few blood tests later revealed that I was protein and B12 deficient. What?!? How was that even possible. I had always read that vegans get ample protein from their foods and that asking a vegan where they get their protein is the running joke of the vegan community. Was the joke on me now? I was devastated and felt betrayed. Why had I never read anything about protein deficiency in vegans? Why was no one talking about this? I had no answers… And so I went back to my previous omnivore diet. I felt like a failure. I felt like I was letting myself and so many others down.
To make a very long story short, I found myself, years later, feeling like I was living a disconnected life. On one hand, I was an avid yoga practitioner and believed in applying the yoga sutras and the rule of ahimsa (no harm or non-violence) yet on the other hand, I was feasting on filet mignon and eggs Benedict. It didn’t feel right to me. Something inside me was feeling misaligned and it was starting to surface. But I was hesitant to go back to a vegan lifestyle. And so I went back to my books and did even more research. I also looked into my own past to see when I felt my best. The conclusion of all this research and soul searching was that I needed a lot of protein and I needed a balanced diet. That is when I thrive. And I knew that I could achieve that on a vegan diet, without relying on mounts of supplements. I just needed to design a plan that would work for me. Me. Not anyone else. Me.
My plan included a lot of plant based protein sources like all different kinds of beans, grains, green vegetables and a little tofu. I also replaced my very high raw fruit intake for more raw and cooked vegetables. I added good fats like avocado, olive oil, chia seeds and nuts. And the only supplements I kept were spirulina, nutritional yeast (I love that cheesy taste!) and plant based protein powder.
The result: I feel amazing! I feel more then amazing… Because now, all the pieces of the puzzle fit.
My goal is for everyone to feel this amazing, every day. And so I created this blog. To bring healthy, wholesome, balanced, amazingly delicious plant based meals to your table. So you and your family can also start to feel amazing, one meal at a time.
I’m so glad you stopped by and read my story. i’m looking forward to hearing from you…