Hello! My name is Christine and I am living in San Diego, Ca with my husband Angelo and two Sphynx Kitties named Snail and Bluebird. Angelo is an Aircraft Mechanic, Pilot, and part time student. I have a full time corporate office job working in manufacturing during the week and I intend to start school to become a registered dietitian. We have been living a Vegan lifestyle, eating a plant based diet, and practicing living green for almost 2 years. We can both attest that not only is this lifestyle easier but we have saved quite a bit on money doing it. This is a little background on me, my cooking, and how I know a Plant Based Diet can work wonders for anyone.
I am currently 30 however I have been involved somewhat in Vegan cuisine for the last 12 years. When I was 18 I got a job at San Diego's very first 100% Raw and Vegan Restaurant, "Cilantro Live!" here in Chula Vista. The food was new to me, however it was the first time in my life that I was eating real whole foods and feeling my best. My childhood acne cleared up, my constant struggles with constipation and other digestive issues quickly went away and I was really feeling amazing for the first time in my life. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14 and never took it as serious as I should have. I was prescribed Metformin and Birth Control which really felt like they made things worse and not better. I was never given any true nutrition advice besides "go on a diet, eat 50% as much as you do now and walk 1 hour a day" I was emotional, depressed, anxious, bloated and just felt totally sick all the time. Once I started eating a raw vegan diet I learned that diet had a lot to do with all of the complications of something so taxing on hormone levels and insulin resistance ( I will have a completely separate post on PCOS and how I have learned to manage it with a plant based diet). I went on to help Cilantro Live! expand and I managed the location in Carlsbad. I was trained in the art of Raw Vegan cuisine and I developed a deep appreciation for plants and all of the nutrition that most American diets are lacking.
Unfortunately, I was young during that time and even though I was offered such an amazing opportunity and gateway to REAL food, after about 2 years I changed directions in life and went back to an omnivorous diet. I jumped around to several jobs and even went on to become a personal chef (omnivore cuisine at that time). I slowly gained a lot of weight, my cystic acne came back full force, I developed really bad anxiety and depression, my male pattern hair growth worsened (one of the many complications of PCOS), I even had to get laser hair removal on my face and other areas because my hormones were so off balance that I could have easily grown a beard if I didn't spend hours of my day tweezing and shaving. I was totally miserable, embarrassed of my appearance and super unhappy with where I was in life.
Once my husband and I became Vegans EVERYTHING CHANGED.
In February 2016 we became vegans, it was also in the same month that we purchased our house RIGHT next door to my mom about a mile from the Bay. For some people this would be a bold and dangerous move to live so close to your parents, but for us it was the greatest purchase we would ever make. I have always been very close with my family and Angelo fits right in with all four of my siblings. My mom and I each have pretty large backyards, hers is filled with fruit trees and mine will be the vegetable garden. Eventually there will be a door in the gate connecting our yards for easy fruit and vegetable harvesting in the morning!
In December of 2016 after a plant based diet proved to have cured all of my issues both physically and mentally was when I decided that I needed to share Vegan food with my neighbors. I talked to my mom about doing Meal Prep for friends and family and she immediately jumped on the opportunity to help me. My mother is a stay at home mom still caring for my 14 year old sister, so she was absolutely interested in helping me cook and make this dream a reality. My mom and her entire household are now about 90% plant based and if you could have seen what they were eating before you would call this a down right miracle!
Since December 2016 we have been offering 100% Vegan and Organic Meal Prep to our friends and family. This is not a business, this is a hobby and a passion that we truly get to enjoy and spreading the word about a plant based lifestyle has been nothing but rewarding.
I have created this blog to share my story, recipes, tips on saving money while eating a Plant based diet, how to go green, composting, recycling, and living what some call a "hippie" lifestyle.
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