So I decided to start a blog (with help from Quintan of course – the basics of the interwebz still evade me) about the best subject in the universe – food. Why, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that food excites me. It is a creative medium through which I can express myself – an art form, one might say. This creativity has been a recent development for me, and goes hand in hand with my decision to live a plant-based lifestyle. Over the past several years, I noticed that food, eating, and counting calories started to become a negative obsession in my life. I would deny myself food and then be overwhelmed with guilt if I indulged – not a healthy lifestyle at all. Outwardly I promoted body acceptance and self love, while inwardly I knew I would only like myself if I looked thin enough or toned enough. It was a constant source of stress for me, and I’m sure most people (especially girls) have gone through similar trials in their lives. Several weeks ago, I decided on a whim that I wanted to try a vegan/plant-based diet as a way to curb my eating anxieties. Veganism is a lifestyle by which one does not consume/wear ANY animal product. Although I call myself a vegan (largely because it’s the easiest term to sum up my diet to friends, families, and nosy waiters) I prefer the term “plant-based” because it better describes what food I aim to eat. For example, there are many food items on the market that are “vegan friendly”, but contain an incredibly long list of preservatives and alien poop. I want to sustain myself through natural, earth-derived foods for several reasons:
- I feel energized and happy after I eat.
- I am fueling my body with foods that will make me healthy and strong.
- I am helping to reduce carbon emissions that are mass-produced by the factory farming industry.
- I am boycotting the cruelties that take place on factory farms to my dear cow, pig, and chicken friends. (At this point I’d like to distance myself from those people who assert that animals have a right to life. Humans, however, have a duty to prevent unnecessary harm to animals. Go look up Mercy For Animals videos and you’ll see what I mean).
Since I have adopted this new lifestyle, the stress of eating, guilt, and counting calories has melted away. I feel confident and happy with my food choices, and this is something that I have not felt for a very long time. Eating is once again an enjoyable experience for me, and I want to share that experience! My goal for this blog is NOT to force veganism or any kind of diet on you. I aim to inspire creativity and hopefully get you started in the kitchen cooking up your own masterpieces with whatever ingredients excite you and make you feel good.
If you have any questions about the ingredients I use, my methods, or anything else related to plant-based living, give me a holla. My Instagram accounts, https://www.instagram.com/jamie.speirs/ and https://www.instagram.com/jamiebakescakes/, feature many of my creations. Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician in the LEAST. But I know what tastes good! If you are as privileged as I am to have access to a wide variety of foods, take advantage of that. Bon appetit!
PS: Some of my pictures are the photography work of Quintan Neville of http://www.qneville.com. Go check out his amazing photography!