Hi! I’m Abi.
I’m a pasta-slinging food and travel blogger with a cup of tea in one hand and my phone in the other. I believe that making even small changes in what you eat can improve your health and quality of life. You’ll find no judgmental mess here. Just good, healthy, comfort food. No matter where you’re at with your food choices, you’re welcome here.
When we’re not cooking at home, our family of four travel for fun and purpose, working and homeschooling on the road. We love sharing our fun adventures and tips for veganish, family travel with you.
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Cooking is something that I’ve enjoyed doing since I was a kid. For a long time, our meals included lots of milk, butter, meat, cheese and the like to cater to my omnivore husband and chicken-lovin’ boys.
But, that all changed the night we watched Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t seen those documentaries, I highly encourage you to do so.
While I’ve always leaned towards vegetarian meals, I never thought I’d give up cheese (a life without grilled cheese, really?!?). But, those two documentaries opened my eyes (and my husband’s) to how much our food choices really do affect our health, short-term and long-term. In the fall of 2012, we dumped out our organic Horizon milk and went vegan overnight.
While we’re not 100% strictly vegan – hence the title of this site – only about 5% of our food isn’t vegan or plant-based. That 5% of non-vegan food is typically eaten when we’re out and have limited choices. Most of the time we actually eat a plant-based, high carb, low fat diet. We believe that some is better than nothing and you can reap benefits without being completely strict.
Scott, of all of us, has seen the most amazing results from changing his diet: He lost 40 pounds in the first 9 months of going vegan, his circulation has improved greatly and 3 of his 4 herniated discs started to heal themselves!
In 2001, when I married my high school sweetheart, Scott, our lives were very different than they are now. Fast-forward a short 18 months after our wedding, a work-related injury left him with four herniated lumbar discs. A 20-something with the back of a 60-year old and in chronic pain daily is a hard pill to swallow. 15+ years, countless doctors’ appointments, treatments and remedies later, it’s stunning that food is what makes the most difference. Three of his four herniated discs have started to heal themselves, after taking up a mostly vegan diet. He’s still in pain every day, now has arthritis from his injuries, has good days and bad days, good months and bad months, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and hope in between.
At the beginning of 2016, after reading The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall, we decided to make a more concerted effort to eat more healthy whole starches (like potatoes, rice, whole grains) and eliminate oil from our already mostly vegan way of eating. Although we are not 100% compliant, within the first 6 months of 2016, I lost 30 pounds and Scott lost 15 pounds. And, we’ve kept them off. *does happy dance*
We welcome you to follow our journey and learn some yummy recipes in the process.
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