About

Hello there! My name’s Gabby and I am a 20-something girl from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I eat a mostly vegan, plant-based diet with as much whole, unprocessed food as possible, with some treats and decadence in between : ). I love cooking, yoga, reading, and music and am currently attempting (most important word here!) to learn the alto sax. I am an advocate believer in self-love and think we could all use a little more of it in our lives- we all deserve to be happy, healthy and strong!

My passion for nutrition first began as a Kinesiology student at Queen’s University. Throughout my studies there, adequate nutrition per Canada’s Food Guide was incorporated as a necessary complement to an active lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of disease. However, it was during a nutrition class in my third year that my position toward food and nutrition began to change. We were presented with some staggering facts, including that most animal-derived foods required 10-90 kcalories of fuel per kcalorie of edible food, meaning that a huge amount of our food source was being diverted to creating animal products. While this in itself was not alarming, it was the fact that to provide for us the Standard North American diet, we were using more energy, land and water than a plant-based diet would, contributing to environmental degradation as well as the fact that millions of the world’s hungry could be fed on the grain we were diverting to animals. No longer was it simply cut and dried, that the optimal diet was one that Canada’s Food Guide suggested I eat or that nutrition was a purely physical, human subject. Nutrition and eating became a very social and environmental concept as well as a personal physical one. It was something that impacted me, others and the environment. It was then that I became vegetarian.

I found the benefits of this diet numerous and immediate. I felt good about the choices I was making on an ethical level and a good part of the indigestion I had been experiencing for years was gone. This was when it finally clicked for me how integral food choices can be for everyday health and well-being not just for preventing disease. It also showed me how individualized diet choices can and should be. What was making me feel good was not necessarily what would work for someone else. These positive physical changes were all the reinforcement I needed and I have never looked back since.

Over time, as I read more and more on the subject I decided to cut eggs and dairy from my diet as well. I was starting to see that maybe continuing to eat these foods did not fit with my newfound ethics. This alerted me to the importance of a more holistic concept of eating, that perhaps there were emotional and mental aspects of eating. My diet had become disconnected from my beliefs and these were impacting me negatively. I shifted to a mostly vegan, plant-based diet a year and a half after becoming vegetarian.

Getting here has been a journey and I am still a work in progress. I struggled and still do with body issues as many girls do. I was once afraid of certain foods and exercised only because I felt I had to. I have found though through practicing self-love and surrounding yourself with people and things that you love I am on my way to achieving a health and happiness physically, mentally and emotionally. I am learning to love food not only for the taste, but because it nourishes my body and to move not because I should, but because it’s fun and makes me feel strong! I listen to my body and support it in the best way I can so that it can support me.

Welcome to my corner of the world where I’ll post my various musings and encounters with vegan cooking, healthy living and life in general. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you all better!

For more about me, see these posts:

my first steps

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very inspiring, versatile and liebster!

raw banana granola

34 thoughts on “About

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  2. Hey, so glad I stumbled across your blog! Such a breath of fresh air, and what a coincidence.. I spent a week in Queen’s last summer for a youth leader’s forum and really loved my time there! Wish I could come back, hehe, love your blog! :)

  3. Hi Gaby. I first saw a recipe of yours over at the ranting chef’s blog, and knew I had to check out your site as well. You have some great looking recipes here, and I look forward to trying them out. We are trying to go raw/vegetarian/vegan, but life intervenes sometimes and learning new things takes a back seat. I am greatly inspired to invest renewed energy in our new food plan looking at your blog! Thank you! Best regards. Motherbarbarian

    • Thank you so much! I can totally relate to life intervening with dietary changes. I still experience them myself with trying to reduce my sugar consumption (even natural sugars) and trying to eat more high-raw. I look to other bloggers for help with this, and I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you :) Hearing from people like you makes me smile and reinforces the fact that my blog is worthwhile and people are benefiting. I wish you luck and always feel free to stop by and update me, ask for advice or just say hello :)

  4. Gabby – I love your blog and am nominating you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Check it out along with the rules for how it works on my blog. Keep up the great work!

  5. I love kitchari! I’ve been meaning to post a recipe as well – I like the variation from brown rice (plus quinoa = extra protein too!).
    For those of that you eat dairy, cooking the spices in ghee is super delicious and also in line with ayurvedic cooking (kitchari is ayurvedic).

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  7. Hi, Gabby, I just wanted to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to you! I see you have one already but I hope you can accept another! Thanks for your awesome blog, keep up the good work!!!

  8. Hey Gabby!
    My name is Lara and I’m a food blogger too… I found you through your guest post on Rantings of an Amateur Chef, read your bio, and realized you are Canadian and went to Queen’s! I am finishing up at Queen’s this April!
    How cool is it that the internet can link you up to people half a world away… as well as right around the corner from where you are.
    Anyway I look forward to reading more of your blog! :)
    Lara

    • Hey Faith! I checked yours out and I read some posts and I really loved them. You have a really awesome outlook, I’m excited to look through it a bit more and look forward to what’s to come!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back soon :)

  9. So awesome! I majored in Kinesiology as well, and then Health Promotion at the graduate level. I’ve been considering going back to school for Holistic Nutrition, or Holistic Culinary. For now I’m just eating my way through life, one delicious plant-based meal at a time :) I look forward to following you!

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