I love food! Real food, whole food, flavorful food. And the occasional Poptart and pile of ketchup. Healthy is great and all, but so are Poptarts and ketchup. Separately. Maybe together? I’ve never tried.
I grew up in a family that reveled in real, good, homemade and homegrown food. I can’t be more grateful for a solid base in enjoying healthy food–although I could have done without a few evenings of sitting at the table for hours until I gagged down my (by then) cold and soggy broccoli… Don’t get me wrong–I’ve had my share of chicken nuggets, Kraft mac n’ cheese and hotdogs, but part of eating well is knowing that it’s also perfectly fine to not eat well, if you just do it in moderation.
I became vegetarian in high school after reading Animal Liberation and vegan after I entered college. The more I read about personal health problems, environmental issues and ethical concerns related to eating meat, the happier I was with my decision. I enjoyed my plant-based diet for years and developed a passion for making big messes in the kitchen (aka “cooking”).
Despite my firm conviction that you can lived a balanced and incredibly healthy life as a vegan, I recently returned to eating meat after struggles with rules and restrictions. I am now focusing on simple meals with basic, delicious ingredients, and I work on getting local, farm-raised meat.