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!