It was 3 months after getting married in 2013 that I went vegan…overnight. Some friends of mine had just watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and recommended it to me, knowing that I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition. After watching it something clicked. It just made sense to me to not eat animal products and to eat plants as close to their whole form as possible.
Since making that switch to a (mostly) whole foods, vegan diet I’ve never looked back. I eat more than ever before, yet never have to worry about my weight. My overall cholesterol dropped from 200 (at the age of 20 I might add!) to under 160. Dairy, which used to upset my stomach, no longer is an issue. I have amazing digestion due to all the fiber I consume. My palette has developed and my diet is more varied and colorful than ever. I recover from workouts faster and don’t crave processed or junk foods like I did previously. I honestly have never felt better. I love knowing that the food I eat is aiding my health and not harming it.
Not long after switching to a plant based, vegan diet, I decided to start this blog, for a couple of reasons actually. My husband and I were planning to move overseas to China—where we live currently—and I knew I would need to learn how to make a lot of foods from scratch if I wanted to continue eating a whole foods, plant based diet. I quickly learned how to make all kinds of non-dairy milks (Homemade Oat Milk, Homemade Almond Milk, Homemade Walnut Milk, Homemade Soy Milk etc.), Homemade Whole Wheat Bread, Homemade Hummus, Homemade Seitan, Family Size Basic Vegan Granola, and so much more. I thought a food blog would help me document my cooking journey and would serve as an online “cookbook” for me to reference and also share with others who were interested in making the switch to a more plant based diet.
The second main reason I started this blog was to share in written form all the reasons I love eating a plant based diet. I’m not a very articulate communicator in person. I’ve never been good at taking the initiative to share with others the things I’m passionate about . When it comes to my food choices, I usually end up confusing people more when I try to explain to them all the reasons I eat a vegan diet. This blog is a way for me to write about my experiences eating a plant based diet. I hope to show through my recipes just how easy and delicious a plant based diet can be. I hope you are inspired to eat more plants after visiting my blog!
I also love to share about my husband and my international travels around the world and all the amazing vegan restaurants we are able to experience around the world. Since we live in China, it’s easy for us to visit other nearby Southeast Asian Countries like Thailand and Vietnam and we additionally take vacations to Europe on our way to and from China. I’ve been blessed to visit cities like Berlin, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Krakow, Poland and more!
I’m now a new mom to my daughter Harper. I continued to eat a plant based, vegan diet all throughout my pregnancy (you can read my pregnancy updates here and Harper’s Birth Story here) and hope to share kid-friendly vegan recipes in the near future as Harper continues to grow and develop.
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