My story isn’t really much different from any other vegan bloggers out there. I find that sad but at the same token more living proof of the plethora of junk out there we’re consuming on a daily basis. Junk that is keeping us from feeling good, looking better and reaching our optimum health.
Horrible stomach pains, cramps, and bloating had been a part of my life since I could remember. My parents would regularly take me to doctors who would recommend me to specialists who would perform blood work, colonoscopys, endoscopys- you name it (I had it). But the results always came back the same. Nothing.
My mom had been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease and was convinced I had sensitivity to gluten but because the results came back negative I continued to eat the way I always had. Lots of meat, protein, refined sugars and carbs, not to mention loads of additives and diet foods and little to no fruits and vegetables (splenda & lean cuisines were my diet’s staples). I continued to feel horrible, but because I had never known what “good” felt like I didn’t realize that my symptoms were not normal.
Concerned for my health and well-being, my mom urged me to read a book called The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. This book was a serious game changer. There was no way for me to read it’s contents and not make a change. So I did. I cut out dairy, meat, refined sugars and gluten. I bought all organic ingredients and started making the infamous glowing green smoothie every morning. I began paying attention to the different nutrients whole and plant-based foods provided and how to combine them properly to optimize digestion and get my body back to it’s natural, alkaline state. And I’ve never felt better. EV-ER.
Sure, sometimes I miss cheese ( let’s be real, you know you do too) and okay, every now and again I’ll have some scrambled eggs for breakfast or a sprinkle of goat cheese on my salad. But I’ve discovered a whole world out there through the vegan blog community filled with recipes that taste amazing and help me look and feel even better. So I thought it was about time I did my part to contribute. As you’ll see, I’m by no means an experienced chef and I don’t exactly come up with my own recipes. But after becoming vegan over a year and a half ago I’ve developed a good eye and an experimental hand when it comes to taking inspiration from dishes and making them my own. My passion goes beyond the plate and I hope to share with you not only what I’m eating but more importantly WHY and how it could benefit you.
So please read on & veg out.