About Shannon

ShannonEven though I have cooked every day since I went vegan 13 years ago, I used to hate it.  Breakfast would be vegemite on toast or sometimes oatmeal. Lunch, more often than not, was catered at my job or grabbed on the go. And dinner would be whatever I could quickly pull together at the end of a long work day and commute. Stir-fry or pasta made with store-bought sauces or sandwiches would be on the menu just about every night. Occasionally I would bake muffins or cookies on weekends. I lived on coffee. On the odd special occasion I would put in a bit of additional effort to make something nice. And that would be about it. I didn’t really think about what I was putting in my body, apart from the requirement, of course, that it be vegan.

I wasn’t the unhealthiest of vegans, but I was feeling heavy, often bloated and lacking energy. And I noticed that whenever I ate wheat, those symptoms would intensify. So eventually I decided I needed a change.

At the beginning of this year I started Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cleanse and within days I noticed that I felt lighter and more energized. I started drinking green juices and smoothies, eating whole, mostly raw foods, and cut out refined sugar and caffeine (except for green tea). I was feeling great and losing weight. I decided there was no looking back (although I do have a wicked sweet tooth and I do eat sugar in moderation).

The funny thing is, that when I started paying more attention to the food I was putting in my body, I also started looking for more creative and varied ways to prepare it. And all of a sudden, I went from hating cooking to relishing it. For the past few months I have been experimenting more in the kitchen: taking recipes that other vegan bloggers and chefs I admire and modifying them, veganizing childhood favorites, and creating a few of my own.

A few other things about me: I have two kitty cats and a wonderful and creative partner (who encouraged and helped me to set up this blog). I’m a lifelong feminist. I work at a non-governmental organization that promotes women’s and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. I travel quite a bit, mostly for work (though happily, these days I get to spend much more time at home in the Hudson Valley in New York). I’m Australian. I love to exercise and try my best to fit it into my life every day. And that’s probably enough for now.

Thanks for visiting! And I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

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