Spicy Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries

Fries are a staple of American fast-food. Like every other stereotypical American teenager, I cannot get enough of them. I don’t know what it is about thinly sliced potatoes that arouses my taste buds, but I love it. Sweet potatoes … Continue reading

Before I Was Vegan, I Was Not

Until this year, I was just like everyone else. I wore leather shoes. I owned a wool coat. I enjoyed scrambled eggs for breakfast, a tuna sandwich for lunch, and a warm chicken dinner. So what changed? What made me want to give all of that up?

I wish I could tell you I did it in honor of the animals. I wish I could tell you tell you I did it because I wanted to make a smaller carbon footprint. While I have adapted a passion for animal rights and sustainable living, the reason I became a vegan was entirely self-centered.

Throughout my teen years, I suffered the typical body changes and insecurities that come with the territory. I was an athlete and avid runner, yet I still kept a few extra pounds around the waist that I could never get rid of. I was constantly tired, even when I got ten to twelve hours of sleep. I had horrible acne all over my face, shoulders, and back. I got sick on a regular basis. I had unexplainable rashes break out on my skin every day. I was clearly ill.

But what was making me so sick? I blamed puberty for too long. In my senior year of high school I had reached my adult height and decided that puberty was over. Yet I still felt like I was in this awkward and gross state. I was disgusted with myself. That is when I decided to look into healthy eating.

All of my research pointed me to vegan living. Internet articles, books, documentaries, and even youtube stars recommended a clean vegan diet based on whole foods. In January of 2014 I took the plunge, and I will never go back.

So why am I telling you this? Why am I telling you my little teenage troubles? I write this because becoming a vegan has given me the confidence to be myself and secure in who I am. I have lost fat and gained muscle, my acne is gone, I have boundless energy, and even my mind feels less cluttered since I made the switch.

I am not a doctor, or nutritionist, or any kind of professional. All I am is an 18 year old girl with a story–a passion. Veganism has opened my eyes and transformed my life. I hope to help people adopt a more plant-based diet. After all, it isn’t fair for me to keep my clean-eating secrets to myself.

My Un-Professional Attempt at Food Blogging

What kind of foodie doesn’t love a good food blog?

One that challenges the status quo of recipes. One that turns simple ingredients into a savory dish. One that inspires its readers to reach the limits of home-cooked meals.

Was it food blogs that brought me to veganism, or veganism that brought me to food blogs?

Either way, my vegan journey has brought me here, to this un-professional attempt at creating a food blog of my very own.

What exactly made me convince myself that I was qualified to create a food blog? The answer to that question is simple: nothing. I am eighteen years old, I live in the basement of my parents house, I will begin working on my undergraduate degree in the fall, and the only culinary knowledge I possess is derived from recipes I have found on the internet and my unhealthy obsession with various shows on Food Network.

So why would I bother sharing my knowledge if it seems I do not have any to begin with? For the same reasons I have listed above. I am young, curious, creative, passionate, and hell with it, I’ve got nothing to lose. So if you are brave enough to follow my vegan journey into the unknown, I officially welcome you to my very own food blog.