Vegan Mofo Day 18 - Honor a human or non human animal who inspires your veganism.
For me the internet was a big part of becoming vegan. Around 11 years ago I was having some hormone related problems. I had a surgery that didn't help and my doctors basically told me I'd have to live with the constant bleeding and lower back pain. Great ! I turned to the internet and started to read about how making changes to my diet could help re-balance my hormones and maybe straighten me out. I gradually started to tweak items in my diet such as eating more tofu and beans and less dairy and meat. I've always been really conscious about trying to have a balanced diet so I did loads of reading and enjoyed exploring new foods and finding new recipes. Within a year my problems had disappeared and after an incident on holiday in Peru where I had to sit opposite someone eating a guinea pig something just clicked in my brain. I looked down at my plate of fish and decided that was it, I was going vegan. Nine years later I still feel it was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I want to honour in this post the people who I found in those early days of trawling the internet who inspired me so much. In no particular order they are:
No strangers to anyone Isa Chandra Moskovitz and Terry Hope Romero are now prolific cookery book authors. They've come a long way since those Post Punk Kitchen tv shows. These are the ladies who taught me how to make sushi and cupcakes.
Next up are the Canadians.
Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard showed me that vegans have great style and I loved their accessible cookery books.
Books by fellow Canadian Dreena Burton furthered expanded my cooking and baking repertoire.
The first vegan blog that I really fell in love with was Urban Vegan the blog of Dynise Balcavage. It remained a favourite right up until she stopped blogging last year and was probably the blog that inspired me to start my own.
And representing the Brits is Shazzie the pionering Raw Fooder who's Detox Your World books and food line were my first introduction to the wonderful world of raw.
So, there you are - The Super Seven. Seven fabulous inspiring women, true individuals, who I would like to thank for helping me on my vegan path.