Note: my experience as a vegan is a highly privileged one; I am white, young, female, living in an urban centre in a more developed country, able-bodied, financially secure and have access to post-secondary education and the internet. All these factors and more shape my reality and inform my experiences, opinions and actions. I aim to be aware of my privilege as much as possible, consider its potentially damaging effect on others, and try to minimize that. 

You can call me Em. I eat raw plants because I love my body, the planet, and other beings. When I eat food, I want it to be beautiful, but not just in taste. I want it to nourish my body and soul, work in harmony with the earth, and allow other earthlings their right for freedom and justice. I find that organic plants fit the bill pretty well.

I live with my two brothers, two cats, and two parents in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Although it's a big city - I am really not a city soul - it's still a beautiful and colourful place. We have several restaurants devoted to raw food and countless others offering vegan and raw options. The culture here is warm, accepting and diverse.

My family is not strictly vegan or vegetarian but for the most part, my parents have discovered over several years that they just feel best eating vegan 99% of the time. My brothers are another story. I aim to buy most of my food from the farmers market or organic and fair trade from local grocery stores. You vote with your wallet so I buy organic and fair trade whenever it is an option.

My favourite foods are sweet fruits like bananas and mangoes, whole grains like brown rice, and steamed veggies like potatoes. Oh, and leafy greens like spinach! I enjoy anything that connects me deeper to the planet and my own soul... this includes meditation, yoga, weight training and other exercise, hiking, camping, kayaking, listening to music, sharing with others, snowshoeing, anything to do with food, philosophy, reading, photography, painting, writing, and a lot more.

In the wilderness is where I am most at peace. 

One day I woke up and decided to be vegan; I'm just that type of person (sorry, pretty boring story). Very soon after, I got into raw food and following that, a whole foods diet with cooked foods incorporated. With the knowledge I've learned about what animal products do to me, you, our earth, and our beloved fellow animals - I choose not to put anything that has caused suffering in my body. My lunch shouldn't require murder. In any case, humans can certainly thrive without eating animals. I understand that food access is a serious barrier for many people, but I am fortunate enough to be able to have access to, and afford, fresh fruits and vegetables. Going vegan might not be a realistic option for some but if it is possible for YOU to do, I highly recommend it.

Being vegan simply means caring about others. 
That isn't so radical, is it?

A day in my diet usually looks like a lot of huge fruit smoothies with plenty of greens, and a giant dinner consisting of steamed vegetables and brown rice. I do not restrict calories, I usually eat all raw until dinner, and I aim to eat high-carb/low-fat because our bodies have evolved to run on glucose. Keep in mind my diet is different everyday and I am not very strict about rules; as long as I am eating a predominantly whole foods diet (always vegan!), it's all good.

I love filling my body with living foods, because that's what my new cells are gonna be made out of! I want to be made of creamy avocados, juicy kiwis and velvety kale; not processed foods or the flesh of others...

What do you want to be made of? 

I am currently going to Simon Fraser University, majoring in history. I take tons of other courses like philosophy, gender studies, geography, geology, psychology, humanities, resource and environmental management, etc, I love learning and never want to stop. As I develop as a human being and a vegan, I realize that veganism is connected to so many other social and environmental justice issues, so I would like to get increasingly involved in different kinds of activism.

Eventually I'd like to buy some land in BC and build a simple home to live in with animal companions and maybe a garden (although I'm not that good at gardening). I believe in living as naturally, minimally, and sustainably as possible. I am grateful for trees, the sun, rainbow chard, my cats, home, family, friends, music, and you. I am lucky to be a healthy human, self-aware and able to grow - living in this miracle world of our infinite universe. Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope it improved your day. Go hug someone and share a green smoothie.

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