You can call me Em. I eat raw plants because I love my body, the planet, and all beings. We are all equal and all-one! 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. I find that raw, organic plants fit the bill pretty well.
My favourite foods are sweet fruits like bananas and mangoes, whole grains like brown rice, and steamed veggies like potatoes. 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, snowboarding, 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, the high-carb lifestyle. Now I eat a vegan, high-carb, mostly raw diet and couldn't feel better. 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.
Being vegan simply means caring about others.
That isn't so radical, is it?
I don't eat a lot of cooked food because most foods are nutritionally superior in their raw, unrefined and unprocessed state - as nature left them to be consumed. However, through my own personal journey I have learned that I function best when I incorporate some gently cooked whole foods into my diet, like whole grains and veggies. A day in my diet usually looks like a lot of huge fruit smoothies, and a giant dinner consisting of steamed vegetables and brown rice. I do not restrict calories, I eat all raw until dinner, and I aim to eat high-carb because our bodies have evolved to run on glucose!
The ideal amount of raw food you should eat varies with each person, but I do believe a plant-based, whole foods diet with an emphasis on raw food, high-carb intake and low-fat intake can bring us all to better health and a longer, more vibrant life. Who doesn't want that? 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 white flour and sugar.
What do you want to be made of?
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, they almost always eat vegan at home. After I became vegan, my mom started her own journey to better health and now cooks vegan dinners almost every night for the whole family. We aren't made of money so we don't buy all organic and local produce all the time, as wonderful as that would be. Luckily a lot of the food I eat is from the farmers market or our yard, this is important to me. You vote with your wallet so I buy organic and fair trade whenever it is an option.
I am currently going to Simon Fraser University, majoring in history. I take tons of other courses too though, such as philosophy, gender studies, geography, geology, psychology, humanities, resource and environmental management, and many more! I love learning and never want to stop! Eventually I'm interested in moving to Costa Rica or Mexico and build a tiny house on wheels along with an organic garden or small farm. I also dream of having a pig by my side at some point in the future. Yes, a pig.
I believe in living as naturally, minimally, and sustainably as possible. That is, in harmony with Momma Nature! I am grateful for the life I've been given; for trees, the sun, rainbow chard, my cats, home, family, friends, music, and you! I am blessed 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!