Hi there! It's great to have you here!
I'm Abi, a pasta-slinging food blogger. Explore the world with me through international flavors, without ever leaving your house.
I believe that making even small changes in what you eat can improve your health and quality of life. Plus, it's just plain delicious.
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.
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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.
Not familiar with plant-based eating? Check out: What is a plant-based diet and why you should give it a try
While we're not 100% strictly vegan - hence the title of this site - only a small percentage of our food isn't vegan or plant-based. That's typically eaten when we're out and have limited choices. Get my tips for dining out and traveling on a plant-based diet.
You could say that we're flexitarian, plant-based or veganish. Seriously, why all the labels? Most of the time we actually eat a plant-based, high carb, low fat diet.
Curious about the difference? Read Vegan vs. Plant-based and why it's okay to be veganish.
We believe that some is better than nothing and you can reap benefits without being completely strict.
Plant-based for health
In 2001, when I married my high school sweetheart, 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 discs in his lower back. A 20-something with the back of a 60-year old and in chronic pain daily is a hard pill to swallow.
Fifteen+ years, countless doctors' appointments, treatments and remedies later, it's stunning that food is what makes the most difference in quality of life.
We follow a mostly plant-based diet to help reduce inflammation and in hopes of preventing serious health problems as we get older. Plus, it's a really fresh and delicious way to eat!
We welcome you to follow our journey and learn some yummy recipes in the process.
Want to be part of our community? Come and join us inside my Facebook group, no matter where you are on your plant-based journey.
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- Website platform: Self-hosted WordPress.org
- Website host: WPOpt
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