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My name is Jessica and I have been Vegan for three cheese-less, ice cream-less, fried chicken-less, marshmallow-less years. Social Worker by day and bake-a-holic by night, I truly love my life.

My journey to Veganism was not initiated by an outrage of animal cruelty, religious or spiritual reasons, or environmental concerns…although these have reinforced my decision as time has gone on. Diagnosed with Lupus as a teenager, I spent my growing years frustrated with persistent and unexplained fatigue. As an adult I discovered that avoiding meat and dairy products drastically improved my level of energy. High levels of protein found in meat and foods high in histamine such as tomatoes seemed to drag me down. After scheduling an appointment with a nutritionist I began cataloging my food intake and determined that the acidity in coffee, “bubbles” found in carbonated beverages, dairy products and fried food irritated my digestive system and were best avoided.

When I first became totally Vegan (and kicked those delicious blocks of cheddar cheese to the curb!) I was presented with the realization that I wasn’t sure exactly what I could eat. I spent some time at a local bookstore researching recipes for a meatless, dairy-free lifestyle and discovered three cookbooks that literally changed my life: “How It All Vegan!: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet”, “The Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again!” and “La Dolce Vegan!: Vegan Livin’ Made Easy” by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard. I found that eating required a lot more forethought…snacks in my purse for a long day, a planned approach to preparing meals and a vigilance for meeting my daily vitamins and nutrients…but it is the adventure of my lifetime.

When I stumbled across the blood type diet, “Eat Right for Your Type” I was fascinated by the similarities between the listed “avoid” foods and what I had already found reacted poisonously with my digestive system. As a Type “O” it was recommended that I avoid a long list of dairy products, coffee, liquor, soda, tea and acidic foods like oranges. I find this very intriguing.

This site is not designed to convince meatasauruses they must live Vegan, or to preach any sort of agenda. I simply wish to share my love of delicious, healthy recipes. Enjoy!

11 Comments »

  1. Jessie, this is wonderful. I am looking forward to trying these recipes. You have a wonderful way of writing. Keep up the good work. xo

    Comment by Cecilia Stevens — September 14, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  2. Well said, Jessica. Will thoroughly enjoy viewing and trying out some of your recipes and wish you well!

    Comment by Grace — September 14, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  3. This is great! I plan on forwarding on to my sister for the Gluten Free! I look forward to reading and trying these!! You have always had a way with works!! Looking forward to reading your book some day 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — September 14, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  4. Love this! Already being vegetarian I totally envy your dedication to Veganism! From time to time I try it and fail miserably! lol I am SO looking forward to trying some of the recipes you have here because if it doesn’t seem totally impossible I would love to be vegan instead. You’re awesome!!

    Comment by Mary — September 15, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    • I must confess… Although NOT a Vegan by any means…. I have tasted these cookies first hand and they are TOTALLY AWESOME !!!

      I would come home from the office after eating ALL of them and tell my teenage son ME….OF ALL PEOPLE EATING VEGAN COOKIES ARE YOU KIDDING ?!?! well sure enough it must have peaked his intrest into the Vegan World because my son is now a lead singer in a band that is very active in the vegan community !!

      So Jes, I gotta say… Although I gave you a hard time for being VEGAN you made TOTALLY AWESOME COOKIES and are responsible for my Sons VEGAN SHOES !! which I didnt even know exsisted and his ongoing PETA2 Band Campaign.

      Keep up the good work, and feel free to drop off some sample cookies at the office ANYTIME !!! 🙂

      I look forward to seeing you !!

      ViTO

      Comment by Vito Pagano — September 16, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  5. Jessica,
    You have bowled me over with your story and your literary style. While I am not a vegan and probably never will be, I have loved your baking and I think it’s great that you want to share your passion with the world. I will forward your website to my sister for the gluten free recipes. She will be thrilled.
    Ruth

    Comment by Ruth Smith — September 17, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  6. Your baking is amazing and I think WE ALL SHOULD MAKE AN ORDER!

    Who’s hungry!? I have personally had many of these dishes and they are EVEN BETTER when you TASTE the magic.

    Keep up the amazing work Vanillabrite!
    Johnny

    Comment by Johnny No Name — September 22, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  7. Jessica this is wonderful and well started. Bravo to you! Is the pumpkin bread recipe on here?

    Comment by Julie — November 11, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

  8. Hey! This is Cheryl Richardson’s daughter… She gave me your website. I made your chocolate chip cookies last night with carab chips. They were great, but I’m wondering what kind of chocolate chips you use. The carab chip taste was a little overwhelming. Thanks!

    Comment by Catherine Richardson — December 17, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

    • Hi Catherine ;0) I’ve never been a fan of carob so I understand where you’re coming from. I use chocolate flavored chips from Hannaford and they taste exactly like regular chocolate chips (at least to me and my taste-tester friends.) Their Smart Option Chocolate Flavored Chips are 100% Vegan and much less expensive than non-Vegan varieties like Tollhouse. I think I paid $1.39 for them the last time. Enjoy!

      Comment by vanillabrite — December 17, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  9. Hi Jessie,

    You are soooo funny. I love the way that you describe your childhood. I can’t stop giggling. Love you sooo much.

    Mamma Cece

    Comment by Cecilia Stevens — February 18, 2010 @ 3:03 pm


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