Life is a challenge… Meet it !
One of my largest challenges was to become vegan and raw vegan. At the time, it was at the end of 2010, it did feel overwhelming, because there were suddenly so many changes. Had I known that it would bring such a positive and inspiring experience into my life, I probably would have been less anxious. Nevertheless, I saw the opportunity, and I took it! Today, I am a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute of New York, and I wholeheartedly embrace the vegan and raw vegan lifestyle. With this blog I want to share my enthusiasm for vegan food, healthy choices, beautiful presentation and food photography.
|I like my cuisine to be fresh, modern, tasty, bold and artful. My goal is to associate healthy cooking with flavorful cooking, in other words I want to demonstrate that highest quality and healthy ingredients lead to most delicious dishes. I focus on making conscious choices in what I buy and eat, using fresh, seasonal, local and organic produce while avoiding processed stuff. Each dish tells a story with its flavors, its textures and its visuals. I believe that your emotions start with the presentation. When I was younger I wanted to become a pastry chef. I was always baking cakes, yet what I enjoyed most was neither the baking nor the tasting but the decoration! To me, a dish is not accomplished without a beautiful presentation.|
Before becoming vegan, I had been mostly vegetarian since my teens. And while my initial motivation for becoming vegan were mostly out of health reasons, I had always refused to eat meat for ethical reasons. Animal rights are an important issue to me, and the continued cruelty against them simply disgusts me. My awareness on this has only grown stronger now that I am part of the vegan community.
That being said, however, my main message here is that you should not go completely vegan if you do no feel like it. I think it already pays tremendously to simply be more conscious what you put into your body. After all, your body is the mirror of what you eat and how you feel, isn’t it? My suggestions are therefore: avoid processed foods, make better quality food choices, make more sustainable food choices, do not overeat, enjoy each meal, reduce your sugar intake, and integrate lots of greens in your everyday diet, the darker shade of green the better. Also, become aware of the incredible variety in non-animal food products, be it vegetables, fruits, legumes, mushrooms, seaweed, seeds, nuts or grains.
I mentioned raw food, and while I am not a dedicated raw foodie, I am a big fan of raw food. I think it is one of the healthiest ways to eat, and about half my food is some form of raw preparation.
I know from personal experience that it can be overwhelming when you are first confronted with the concept of raw plant-based living foods, but you may be surprised to learn that quite a bit of raw food preps can be easily done without a big investment in kitchen time. I believe that integrating raw foods with a cooked vegan or non-vegan diet on a daily basis can considerably improve how you feel, such as drinking a green juice or a green smoothie, and eating raw veggies, sprouts, fruits, nuts and seeds.
I sincerely wish my cuisine to inspire you to prepare deliciously tasty meals, make more conscious choices in what you eat, and bring forth the same positive energy as it did and does for me. I also hope that my recipes will be fun to prepare, even if you are a beginner. I firmly believe that everybody can cook, and while some recipes may be a bit more time consuming than others, just start somewhere and enjoy!