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We all have a story and this is mine. Vegan MoFo 2009

For me transitioning from vegetarian to vegan was not that difficult to do. I had already stopped drinking milk, and rarely ate cheese. Although I was still eating baked goods that contained eggs, milk and refined sugar. Then my TG read this book Skinny Bitch. He started reading parts of the book out loud. It really resonated with me. I borrowed the book and read it in one sitting. It hit home, it made sense to me. Having lost most of my immediate family and many relatives and friends to cancer – breast, prostate, thyroid, ovarian, kidney, pancreatic and leukemia (the short list),  I have made exercising and eating healthy a top priority.

My genetic make up is not stellar and I felt the need to hedge the odds in my favor. (Longevity genes I do not possess.) Having watched loved ones die from cancer, I wanted to do everything I could to reduce the odds. So, upon reading this book, I went out and purchased the second book. Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!) both books by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. After reading these two books I changed my view of eating and have not looked back since.

As a consequence of the change in my diet, the family also changed the way they ate. I couldn’t control everything they put in their mouths, but a good percentage as I feel it is important for me to provide healthy meals for my two TD’s and TG. I was an okay cook, but I had to learn the basics. What to substitute and when.  I did a lot of reading and research finding a wealth of information from many wonderful bloggers out there. I learned all about putting together quick meals, how to make a “cheese sauce” that isn’t made of cheese or cheese substitute that tasted great and was better for me and my family. I also found great recipes for delicious cookies, muffins, pastries, breads, quick breads, frosting, well you get the picture. Basically everything I ate before, but better. 🙂

I really have fun in the kitchen – getting the TD’s involved in cooking and baking as a family. They really like the vegan food we have. Although they still eat dairy and products with eggs, I feel better knowing that 90% of the time they are eating vegan. I get a kick out of making desserts and taking them to potlucks and have people amazed that it has no eggs or dairy. How could I do this?!! And I always reply that it is really a lot easier than you think.

Eating out is still an issue for me. Sometimes, I think my TG gets annoyed with me and the way I eat. I always hear, “Just pick something and please don’t let it be the salad.” He hates that, but there really isn’t anything else on the menu to eat. Let’s face it, where I live there are very few places that a vegan can eat at – have more than salad or bean burrito with out cheese.  We have a few Thai restaurant that do have vegetarian and vegan choices. There are no pizza establishments that offer vegan pizza or the option of vegan cheese. There is only one coffee shop that offers vegan baked goods and that is 45 miles away.  So, I would rather eat at home. I can prepare food that tastes much better than anything I can find at the local restaurants.  I truly enjoy cooking and baking, making wonderful meals and treats for family and friends.

Here are a few pictures of some of the lovely desserts I have made over this past year. It’s easy to change peoples minds when the food looks and tastes SOOOOO GOOD!

Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies Vegan Chocolate Birthday CakeBaked Vegan Glazed Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Vegan Buckwhet Waffles with raw Berry Syrup.

Enjoy cooking and the food you create!

Have fun with your animal friends!

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3 comments to We all have a story and this is mine. Vegan MoFo 2009

  • stuart

    Really great blog!

  • Have you read The China Study? This book really helped me cut down dairy and eggs a great deal. After reading it I went 100% vegan for a long time without realizing it.

  • admin

    I have not read this book as of yet. But I have heard so many people talk/blog about it. I tried to win a copy by entering giveaways for this book and never won. So, I ordered a copy and it should be here today or tomorrow. I think I will find it very interesting. Thanks for the suggestion.

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