Hello Friends! It seems like just yesterday that Mike was urging me to start a blog. I had repeatedly told him ‘no’ for various reasons (my favorites being “I’m too shy” and “I don’t have enough to say”), but now, about 18 months later, this is my 100th blog post, and I still have a huge list of topics I’ve yet to write about. Thank you so much, Mike, for encouraging me to do what I love! (and for taking care of the whole complicated technology aspect of it.)
And Thank YOU to my readers. While I started my blog with the hope of inspiring others to eat more healthful, vegetarian meals and to have a global curiosity, I believe I learned a lot more from the blog-o-sphere than what I contributed to it. Case in Point:
- When I first started blogging (Sept 2010), I was a Cheese-Loving, TV-dinner addict. I refused to pack a lunch for work, eating out or in the office cafeteria every day. I’d never tasted Kale. I got the heebie-jeebies whenever I heard the term ‘nutritional yeast’. And I didn’t own a single Vegan Cookbook.
- Now, I like to call myself a “Flexi-Vegan”. While I still eat limited eggs & dairy, I rarely cook with them. I have a shelf full of vegan cookbooks. I now pack breakfast AND lunch for work every day. My grocery cart is at least 50% produce every time, and my kitchen pantry is stocked with Chickpea Flour, Silken Tofu, Chia Seeds, Coconut Oil, and yes – a 2lb tub of nutritional yeast. I honestly think I’ll live a longer and more full life thanks to my new diet, which focuses on eating more plants and less processed foods.
Thanks to everyone who entered and helped to celebrate my 100th Blog Post – your support means so much to me!
Congratulations to the lovely Aparna, who was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner!
Each entrant into the contest was asked to tell me their favorite Vegan Product. I thought it would be fun to share the results:
|Product||# Times Mentioned|
|Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, or a Blend||4|
|Coconut Oil or Butter (esp. Artisana)||3|
|Fresh Fruits & Veggies||2|
|PB & Co Peanut Butter||1|
|Gold Mine Garlic Kraut||1|
|Purely Elizabeth Granola||1|
|Upton’s Naturals Bacon Style Seitan||1|