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About the blogger
Welcome to my blog, my name is Valerie Gagnon, and I love food. I have worked in the organic and natural foods sector (granola business) for many years. A few years ago, I had a “aha moment” after viewing documentaries about food topics and reading many books detailing the link between food, overall health, animal welfare, the environment and world hunger. I wanted to eat less meat.
I did a lot of research before making the transition to eating a more plant based diet. In fact, I discovered many related disciplines including rawfoodism, vegetarian and vegan philosophies, the human microbiome, the gluten-free movement and nutrigenomics. To broaden my knowledge, I undertook University studies in nutrition.
Eating less meat easier said than done!
Making the transition from eating meat, or animal by-products, at every meal to eating almost only plant-based protein sources can be tricky when you make the switch on your own. Moreover, if you are also making changes for your children and your spouse, some resistance is to be expected in the beginning. I have experienced these challenges on my own and pushed through to finally achieve my goal: prepare healthy well-balanced and delicious meals without depending on meat. My kids and spouse actually enjoy smoothies with wheatgrass and hemp in them, their taste buds and cravings have evolved. It’s almost “smooth(ie)” sailing from here…
About the blog
After adopting a mostly plant-based diet for a few years, I discovered firsthand the many health benefits of this green lifestyle. I was so enthusiastic about the new foods and recipes I was discovering, that I decided to embark on a new endeavor : offer transition guidance and support for individuals who wish to adopt an energizing, wholesome, earth friendly and ethical diet. The eating lifestyle I promote is flexible and non restrictive, it aims at reducing the consumption of animal products, processed foods, and gluten, and adding more natural foods, raw and fermented, homemade juicing and blending, for optimal nutrition and health.
Help is on the way
In this blog, I offer guidance for grocery shopping (better choices and diversified menus). I also suggest a variety of new products and ingredients, superfoods and probiotics amongst others. Finally, I share wholesome plant-based recipe ideas for newbie’s and the most advanced health conscious foodies.