I Am What I Eat
I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect. I am eating a plant based diet and finding it works for me. I am an advocate of home cooked meals, buying local (when possible) and reducing our carbon footprint as a society. I believe nutrition is one of the most personal decisions a person can make.
In the world we live in today food is not just about survival. Emotions are also attached to the things we put in our mouths. I did not create this blog to tell people to be vegan or gluten free. I am just excited about what I eat and would like to share this with others. Plants can be fun – that is my message!
Gluten Free Diet
When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. This is a potentially life threatening gluten allergy that affects an estimated 1% of North Americans.
My mom was born and raised in Sicily so I grew up on a Mediterranean diet full of pasta and breads, and I LOVED it. Because of this, I did not take my diagnoses seriously for a long time.
It was not until a couple of years ago that I decided enough was enough and decided to learn more about Celiac disease and its effects. I learned that I was making myself ill through no fault but my own.
At that point I decided to change to a gluten free diet. It was the best choice I could have possibly made. Now, I make my own breads, and I am excited about the gluten-free experience. It has given me the opportunity to have a closer relationship with the food that I eat. I have learned to love the challenge, and be thankful to have the diagnosis at a young age.
Vegan/ Raw Vegan
I do not consider myself a vegan. I eat and love plants. They inspire me to be a better version of myself. I stopped eating meat when I went to university. I simply was too poor to afford it. Then I realized I didn’t miss it and never reintroduced into my diet.
I started slowly taking other things out of my diet that were racking up my grocery bill. I needed that bit of money to put towards gluten free alternatives (which are not cheap). Cheese was a big one, then eggs, before I knew it I was eating vegan without even realizing.
As for raw I was intrigued by the idea and tried a raw-till-four diet for a while. It was okay, but my body didn’t respond to it very well. I was very tired, had many cravings for cooked food, and I began to get a guilty about eating at all. It was not the right style of eating for me long term, but everyone is different!
Overall, I just like eating food that is colourful and makes me happy. No preservatives. No added ingredients that I don’t understand. Just food.
As humans, giving things titles is what we do. It makes life easy to categorize and understand. Well, I’m just a girl on a journey to awesome food! So let’s get cookin’!