I’m Nicole, a single, 30-something, regular girl. I’ve lived in rural Michigan for most of my life. I love God, my family and friends, nature, stories, and most things that are beautiful, creative, or inspiring. And pizza and ice cream. Oh, c’mon, you know you love (or at least really like) pizza and ice cream, too!
I’ve been chubby since I can remember. I’ve tried all kinds of diets and plans and pills. I’ve had some success and even more failure. And while I’m really not so concerned anymore about being “thin,” I do want to be healthy. Over the last several years, I’ve been dabbling in the vegan lifestyle. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it basically means no animal products. My parents became involved with Hallelujah Acres, an organization that promotes healthy living primarily through juicing and eating a plant-based diet, and before I knew it I started learning about natural health and was making changes in my life, too.
I decided to create this blog because I knew it was time to get more serious about my health. Even though I’ve been mostly vegan for a while now, that doesn’t mean I’ve been mostly healthy (think potato chips). I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen for many years — often on not-so-healthy recipes — but now I’m discovering the joy of learning new ways to prepare food, and I hope I can help others discover that joy, too. In addition, I’m hoping this blog will be an “accountability partner” for me to help me keep on track with losing weight. It’s easy to slack off, quit exercising, eat cookies…and, well, I’m just tired of being in that place. And I figure if I post my progress, that will be a good motivator. If my story can help someone else (maybe even you), that’s even better!
I know there are many approaches to health and weight loss available, but after all the things I’ve learned, it seems that the vegan lifestyle is one of the most healthy and responsible ways to live. This doesn’t mean I won’t have chicken or cheese ever again, but this is definitely the exception and not the rule. In addition to a plant-based diet, my goal is to focus on low-glycemic foods. In my experience, this is key when it comes to losing weight. I’m also focused on gluten-free and even grain-free foods. I’ve had a great deal of “tummy trouble” in my life (GERD and IBS), and grains certainly seem to be a factor. There are also so many benefits to eating raw (nutrients and enzymes galore!), so I’m learning more about that, too. So these are the kinds of recipes I plan to post on this site — always vegan, with a focus on low-glycemic, gluten-free or grain-free, and raw. I’m sure there may be some variation in this (for example, potatoes aren’t low-glycemic, but let’s face it, you just NEED a potato sometimes!), but this is the foundation.
Whatever I post on this site is based on my personal experience. I have no intention of offering health care advice and am not qualified to do so. If you’re interested in making changes in your diet or exercise routine, please consult your doctor or health professional.
If you like one of my recipes and want to share it on your blog, please do! All I ask is that you include a link to my site.