Note: my experience as a vegan is a highly privileged one; I am white, young, living in an urban centre in a capitalist western 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 brain, work symbiotically with the earth, and allow other earthlings their right for freedom and justice. I find that plants fit the bill pretty well, though going vegan is by no means an end-all solution to the world's problems.
I live with my family and kitties just outside Vancouver, Canada. Although it's a big city - I am really not a city person - it's still a beautiful and colourful place (albeit on unceded territory of the Coast Salish nations). 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 local, organic and fair trade whenever it is an option.
My favourite foods are juicy fruits like peaches and berries, steamed whole grains like brown rice, protein-rich lentils and beans, and baked veggies like sweet potatoes. I put tahini on everything. I enjoy anything that connects me deeper to the planet and my own psyche... this includes meditation, yoga, weight training and other exercise, hiking, camping, kayaking, listening to music, dancing, sharing with others, snowshoeing, anything to do with food, philosophy, reading, photography, painting, writing, and a lot more.
Outdoors is where I am most at peace.
Being vegan simply means caring about others.
That isn't so radical, is it?
I am currently going to Simon Fraser University, majoring in history, but I take tons of other courses, mostly in philosophy and gender studies. I love learning.
I have always struggled with depression and now I deal with anxiety as well. Mental illness is very challenging to live with, but I manage. Having a good support system is invaluable, as is forming healthy habits that keep me in a positive mental state (ex. meditation, eating whole foods, biking in the sun). I take anti-depressants and have no shame around it: we all need to do whatever works for us.
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, maple syrup, my cats, home, family, friends, music and you. I am fortunate to be a healthy human, self-aware and able to grow, living in this miracle world of our infinite universe (seriously, what is the cosmos!?) Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope it improved your day.