Hi Food Friends,
Just wanted to post a little personal update to this DirtyStove blog to show that hey!— a real person is actually writing this!
My name is Leiah and I’m 26 years old, living in DC with my fiancé Rob. We’ve been vegan since April 2013, and before that we were vegetarian since November 2010. Before that? Omnivores and barely even *thought* about food or diet. The biggest thing that made me want to change was reading Skinny Bitch - it was there that I first really learned about cow’s milk and how awful it is. And it just snowballed from there.
Since becoming vegan, we pretty much tell everyone we know and meet about eating healthier. We always recommend:
- watching Forks Over Knives
- reading Eat to Live
- reading The China Study
- and, for skeptics of animal cruelty in the meat & dairy industry, watch Earthlings
2014 has started off well for me. These days I find myself daydreaming about food and all the delicious possibilities I can make at home. I collect ideas on my Food Pinterest board and usually make at least one new-to-me recipe each week. Incorporate new recipes in your diet and I guarantee you’ll surprise yourself.
I’ve had some requests for recipes of food I’ve posted to my Instagram feed. I like to make each recipe at least twice before sharing, so stay tuned for some yummy vegan recipes on this blog that have been taste-tested by me and my flavor-and-spice-loving fiancé :)
PS: the photo above of the fruit was from lunch this week. I had leftovers first: a half pita pocket with tempeh, hummus, sprouts, tomato, onion (aka Tempeh Burgers). 10 minutes later I had the 2nd half of my lunch which was this container of fruit: 1 apple, 1 kiwi, 1 banana. My best advice for eating more fruit is “when you’re about to eat 1 piece of fruit, eat 2!”