Well, hello there! Fancy seeing you here!
Now, I assume you are here to learn more about me. It’s awkward writing about myself, and I am not sure what is relevant to the story of plant based kindness. Everything in my life sort of led my here, to creating PBK. You know, it’s like when you look back on your life, you see how all the dots are connected, and how everything led you to where you are today.
I will give you the short version:
I joined the military (In Canada) at age 17 (and met Mike, my hubby, we have been together even since). I hurt my back along the way, and so exercise for a long period was out of the question. I started eating a lot more junk, binge eating, and within a few months, I was severely overweight. A couple years later, I took back control of both my health and my eating habits. I started working out, even though I had chronic back pain. It could not be my excuse not to exercise, since my injury is permanent and will never go away! I started dieting, and within 6 months, I lost about 50 lbs. I was eating “healthier”, or so I thought. Because Turkey bacon is soooo much healthier than bacon, right?! Right….
About 3 years ago now, my husband and I watched Forks Over knives. It blew my mind! I wanted to stop eating meat right away! Everything made so much sense, I just could not believe it! The documentary focuses only on nutrition, and after double checking and making my own research, I was willing to try the plant based diet for a month! I always had heard these stories of people giving up animal products and feeling so much lighter, better, and energized. I had to find out for myself if it was true or not! Mike, my husband, was not exactly thrilled at first, but he watched the film again, and agreed to do 30 days with no animal products. And also mumbled something like: “But after the 30 days, I am going to have chicken once a week.” We laugh about it now, because we never went back to eating meat again. I did not have to convince him of anything either; he felt as great as I did!
And that’s when I really got into cooking, and trying different things, different methods, different flavors. Vegan cooking is a whole new world, its so exciting and different! I learned that raw cashews and a vitamix are two things I could never live without again, ever!
Why Plant Based Kindness?
I started the blog, because I wanted to do something more. I am a huge introvert, and so I wanted to do more to help the cause, without necessarily go out there, meet people, manifest, etc. That sounds like a nightmare to someone like me. The more I can be home, the better!
I had this idea of starting a food blog. But here is the thing: #1 English is not my first language, I learned it in the navy. #2 I am not a photographer, recipe developer, writer, website designer. I have ZERO experience or background, whatsoever. #3 I am super shy, question everything I say or do, and avoid being in the spotlight or talked about as much as possible.
So you could see why it’s kind of nuts that I did go through with my idea, and started this blog! I started looking at photography videos, starting developing recipes, my husband worked countless nights on the site, the layout, the plugins, SEO, all that jazz. If you don’t know what I am talking about, don’t worry, I am still not sure I know what I am talking about myself. Let me tell you, it’s not the easiest thing to do with zero knowledge or background. But thanks so so many youtube videos, books and other blogs etc, we learned a lot, and did pretty good, I must say! My husband Mike encouraged me, pushed me, and even though it was hard, I am now proud to say I am a blogger. I love it, and I am so committed to get better at every aspect of the job to bring you better and better content! I am also currently enrolled in a Professional Plant Based Certification course, to bring you some delicious food, and step up my game!
Plant Based Kindness, what does that mean?
Plant based relates to the plant based diet, or the vegan diet. I most often use plant based diet as a term, instead of vegan, because veganism is much more than a diet.
Kindness simply means being kind. By eating a plant based meal, you will be kinder to yourself and your body. You will be kinder to animals by not consuming them, even if it’s just one meal!
Who is PBK for?
I hope it’s for everyone! I want our family and friends to try recipes (that’s why the recipes are translated in french), but also to bring recipes to people who are already vegan and looking for inspiration. BUT, I would love to have people who are just curious to try my recipes. My ultimate dream would be to help people transition to a plant based diet, or just TRY recipes. It doesn’t hurt to try, and on the contrary, you might discover a whole new world! I love when people who eat meat and “hate tofu” try one of my recipes, and LOVE it! It’s the greatest feeling, because you just showed that person that you can enjoy plant based foods and still eat meat. If you are health conscious, into fitness, or looking to lose weight, it would make a lot of sense for you to try vegan recipes.
I started this blog with the intent of making super clean vegan recipes, no oil etc. But here is the thing, I will not convince anyone or end the stereotype that vegan food sucks by bringing you lentil and veggies every week. It just will not happen. And I don’t personally eat super clean all the time, and I want this site to represent who my husband and I are. Huge foodies, that sometimes feel bad and have clean eating foods to make up for all of the vegan cheesecake we had! Life is about balance, and you will find recipes ranging from super clean eating, to straight up fried things! It’s all about control, healthy habits, and fries to stay sane! Or try my oil free greek potatoes if you avoid fries.
“Be kind, one meal at a time. ”