My Food Journey
I’m going to take some time to fill you in a little more on me and why I care enough to make this website. I quit eating red meat in 1995 and I started to become much more aware of animal rights, animal cruelty, my own health, etc. But, my journey to plant-based/vegan living really started in 1998. I am a tree-hugger and the more I learned about the impact of factory farms on the environment and the animals unfortunate enough to live on them, I realized by continuing to eat meat, I was supporting things with which I did not agree. I am a very passionate and compassionate person, have always loved animals, even bugs, and feel emotions, mine or others, very deeply. After years of researching many different cultures, religions, lifestyles, and opinions, I felt; whatever you would like to call the Higher Power, would want me to do everything I could to lessen the suffering of animals and the destruction of the Earth. So, I stopped eating and wearing animals and made sure all of my household and beauty products were not tested on animals or made with animal by-products.
I moved to Oregon in 1999 and was suddenly exposed to so many new ingredients, cuisines and restaurants, (where I could eat) and that was a real turning point for me. I met so many other vegetarians and vegans and suddenly wasn’t the odd ball. At that point, I had the resources and knowledge to go vegan. Growing up in a small town in Alabama, it was not easy to be vegetarian or even explain the concept in 1998.
In October 2002, I got pregnant and moved back to Alabama. Thankfully I brought and shipped a ton of food back to get by until I tracked down somewhere to buy food, toiletries, and household products. Throughout my entire pregnancy I remained vegetarian and despite other people’s concerns, both my daughter and I were and are very healthy.
My daughter is still vegetarian, even though the choice is now hers. I did raise her vegetarian, just as my parents raised me as a meat eater, because they eat meat. However, when she became aware that what she was eating was different from those around her, which was a very young age, I explained the reasons we didn’t wear or eat animals. No, I didn’t traumatize her with documentaries, just facts about the environment, world hunger, animal suffering and how it was all pointless and we were helping and doing our part by not eating or wearing dead things. She became a much more vocal vegetarian than I wanted at some points! But, she is smart, loved, outspoken, healthy, not afraid to be who she is and beautiful beyond words and I couldn’t be more proud!
Shortly after moving home, I got divorced and became a single Mom working two jobs. I started doing research on meals that were vegetarian, then vegan and easy to make from scratch or as close as I could get in a pinch. I found shopping lists for meals I could prep in advance and cook quickly later. The food actually tasted good, even to a child, and the ingredients didn’t break the bank. I now have a teenager and everyday is a surprise. But, it’s one I wouldn’t trade for the world. So, as my life, her life and palette continue to change, you may as well join us.
The Internet has grown immensely since 1998 and the number of people eating some type of animal free diet has increased drastically. However, I still learn something new every day and want this site to grow along with everyone’s knowledge! Let’s get to know each other.
Love and Light,