Introduction type thing

My dog, Gonzo and kitty, Prada holding hands

So I guess I will start this off with an explanation. I am a lover of food and cooking. I have been for as long as I can remember. I am (I feel) an adventurous eater. I love to try new types of food and I have always enjoyed the challenges that come along with trying to recreate the food I have had. One of my favorite parts of a meal is definitely dessert. I have a big sweet tooth. Cookies, cakes, ice cream, or pretty much anything covered in chocolate is right up my alley. Baking cupcakes is probably one of my favorite ways to de-stress and relax (if my wallet allows). I anxiously await friends birthdays so I can come up with some custom cupcakes to celebrate the occasion. I really feel like food is a great way to take care of and show the people you love that you care. So if I love food so much why go vegetarian?

Well about a year and a half ago I started reading a book called, “Eat Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. I had always known the horrors of our animal food production system, but never in such detail. I suppose a part of me didn’t really want to know. I quickly realized I needed to change some things in my life. At first I could bend my morals. “Oh I will only eat meat once in awhile”, or “just when I go out to dinner.” But towards the end of this year, I really started to feel more and more hypocritical for my food choices. I was supporting a system that disgusted me, with my most important vote, my dollar.

I have always prided myself in, if nothing else, living by what I thought was right and wrong. So this realization that my food choices weren’t living up to my morals, was a hard pill for me to swallow. I kept thinking about all the things I would miss out on. All the fancy food and amazing flavors I couldn’t try. But when it comes down to it, I think I was looking at it the wrong way. There are still amazing foods and flavors that don’t involve an animal’s life being taken or degraded. Cutting out animals from my diet is going to open up a whole new world of flavors and foods for me, if I let it.

Towards the end of 2011, I had been mostly eating vegetarian and vegan when I was cooking for myself, but when I would cook for others or go out to eat I wasn’t. So as part of an effort to live by my morals and a new years resolution, I have decided to go vegetarian (maybe vegan) for a year. I do feel like the reasons I am going vegetarian really mean I should be vegan, but I figured it could be a hard jump to go from eating what I wanted to vegan in a day. Making the jump too quickly, I feel would give me a higher chance for failure. So I have decided I will go vegetarian for 6 months (maybe less), then most likely go vegan for the last half of the year.

So feel free to follow me on my journey, and see if I succeed or fail!

From one foodie to another,

Heather

13 thoughts on “Introduction type thing

  1. I just found your blog and I’m enjoying reading through your delicious-looking recipes. I currently struggle with being completely vegan – it’s dairy milk, because I can’t find vegan coffee creamer that I like, and cheese that are holding me back.

    • I found that for me, if I tried to avoid making things that would have cheese or fake cheese and just focused on finding really yummy recipes. That really helped a lot. I guess I just tried to replace those cravings with something that gave that same flavor/texture/comfort.
      Have you tried Daiya cheese? When I use that sometimes I will sprinkle in some nutritional yeast. That gave it more of a salty nutty taste I like from my cheese.
      As far as coffee creamer, I am afraid I am not too much help. I am not a big coffee person. But my boyfriend really likes using vanilla almond milk.
      Hope this helps a little bit and good luck! It can be hard sometimes, but I think it is totally worth it. 🙂

      • I tried Daiya and while it’s melty, doesn’t feel like cheese. I am trying to stick with things that don’t require cheese at all, so it’s not something missing. I love almond milk, but it’s grainy in coffee for some reason. Maybe I need to train myself to drink it black?

  2. I love your about page. It’s so honest and relatable. And I definitely know what you mean about not wanting to support those companies – that’s really the only reason I chose to go 100%. From one veggie lover to another, keep up the good work 🙂

    • I was trying to be as honest as I could. And I am glad I was! I will be coming up on my 1 year as a vegan in about a month. I am super excited! I have never felt better in my life. And I plan to keep on going!

      Thanks for the support. It means a lot to me.

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