Though my history has its fair share of disordered eating, I did not choose to become vegan to become a Skinny Bitch. Though I did read the book by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and enjoyed it , and I don’t think that either of them chose vegan simply to get thin either.
I chose vegan because it makes moral sense to me. For many years I was vegetarian, then incorporated chicken and fish back into my diet, and each mealtime I tried desperately not to think about what I was eating while I was eating it. If I have to cringe and actively try to be ignorant to what I put into my body, it’s probably not the right decision for me! Be it a blessing or a curse, I am a sensitive person. I love animals and care about the environment. I believe in being the best steward to this planet as I can. That said, I also care about people, and I have a fierce love for my family (who are all meat eaters!).
While I won’t post recipes that use meat on this blog, know that you could add meat to many of these meals. I won’t try to convince you to not eat meat, but I would encourage those of you who do eat meat to buy local, to hunt, to know where your food comes from and to do it in the most mindful way that is possible.
My mission in life is to bring more kindness into this world. These words by Cesar Chavez express my feelings well,”Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty whether it is directed against human beings or animals is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.”
For me, there is a certain grace that I am grateful for in my life when my kitchen is vegan, my meals are eaten mindfully, and I feel at peace with my actions.