Vegan, huh?
This blog is 100% plant-based, or vegan.  Whether you are already vegetarian or vegan, a new beginner, or simply curious, welcome!  This blog is a welcoming space for everyone interested in whole foods and living a healthy and happy life.  I am a firm believer that food is a personal choice and it is entirely up to YOU what you eat!  You will never find any preachy and scary posts here.

What does "vegan" mean? How is that different from being "vegetarian"?
The term vegan [pronounced vee-guhn], simply means a vegetarian who omits all animal products (e.g. dairy, eggs, etc.) from their diet. Generally speaking, vegans do not eat meat or dairy, whereas vegetarians still eat dairy products. 

I'm definitely not vegetarian or vegan and I don't want to become one.  Should I be reading this blog?
Absolutely!  I'm glad you're here! (And to let you in on a little secret: some of my most favorite blogs are not specifically vegan!) I completely respect that not everyone wants to be vegan.  I encourage you to eat the foods that make you feel good!

Are you vegan?  Have you always eaten this way?
I stopped eating red meat in 2006, became officially vegetarian in 2007, and have been vegan most of the time since then.  I first heard the term "vegan" when I moved to Seattle eight years ago and I was astonished that someone could live that way, let alone, that they would want to.  I have definitely not always been a vegan and it was a process to switch to a completely vegan diet. 

What made you want to become vegan?
There are a lot of great reasons to become vegan, such as, environmental sustainability, animal rights, and for your health.  I was initially inspired to become vegan because of health reasons.  Since I was 14, I have suffered from abdominal pain and digestive issues.  I was in and out of doctors' offices, seeing specialists, and trying medications for years.  Nothing seemed to make it better.  At one point I was even told by a doctor to stop eating fruits and vegetables. To me, this recommendation seemed to be exactly the opposite of what I would want to do.

I began to realize that I needed to know more about food because I believed it would make me better. I started reading more, cooking my own food for the first time, and changing my diet.  I first cut dairy out. Then I stopped eating meat and eggs.  Switching my diet helped a lot and I have not experienced any symptoms since becoming vegan.  

In 2010, I began working with a naturopath and finally discovered that the root cause of my past abdominal pain was gallstones.  I was thankful to finally have an explanation after all these years!  This experience showed me how important it is to listen to one's body-- and that includes eating the right food for you.  

What advice would you have for someone trying to incorporate more vegetarian, vegan, and/or raw foods into their diet? 
Just like with any change, changing your diet is a process.  It's not going to happen overnight.  My advice is to think about adding new foods and recipes to your diet rather than subtracting certain foods.  Have fun with it and treat it as an experiment.  Be willing to try foods out of your "comfort  zone" because you might be pleasantly surprised! If it helps you, enlist a buddy for support.  (For more tips, check out my article 7 Tips for Transitioning to a Healthier Diet )

Some of your recipes are tagged as "raw." What is "raw food"?
Raw food is food that has not been heated above 118 degrees.  Since heating and processing food results in the loss of some nutrients and enzymes, the intent is that raw foods are better for your body and easier to digest. 

I've heard a lot about raw foodists who eat exclusively raw food.  What do you think about this?
I personally think there is great value to including raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts in one's diet.  However, my body works best with a mix of raw and cooked foods.  I tend to eat more raw foods in spring and summer and fewer raw foods in fall and winter because that is what my body craves during those seasons.  I encourage you to try different ways of eating and see what supports your body and lifestyle best.  


How did this blog start? And why is it called "For the Love of Food"?
This blog began in February 2010 during an independent study I was taking on food and eating while getting my masters in Organizational Development from Antioch University.  Through this course, I became aware of my intense passion for cooking healthy foods and wanted to share that love with others.  I love eating food, talking about food, and thinking about food.  To me, food is about nourishing our bodies, being present in every moment, and connecting with those we love.  So many of life's wonderful and beautiful moments involve food.  This blog is my attempt to invite you on my intimate personal journey through the land of the edible.  Thanks for being part of this journey with me!

What kind of camera and equipment do you use for your photos?  How did you learn to use a DSLR?
I currently shoot with my Canon Rebel T2i using a 50mm lens and a 100mm Macro lens on occasion.  I use mostly natural daylight for my photos.  Living in grey Seattle, it can be hard at times to have enough light so I recommend using a tripod if you are shooting in low-light (I have a Manfrotto aluminum tripod with a rotating ball head).

I taught myself to use my DSLR by reading books and tutorials and experimenting on my own.  When I first bought it, I started out on the automatic settings and it took me several months tp feel comfortable enough to use the manual settings.  I didn't start out shooting with a fancy DSLR and I know plenty of people that use a simple point-and-shoot or their iPhone camera.  If you are just starting out, I encourage you to just play with your camera and see what feels comfortable for you.  

Can I use your recipe or photo on my blog or website?
The internet can be a tricky place sometimes, but please know that the entire contents of this site are protected by copyright. This means that you cannot republish any of my recipes and photos together or use my content in any way that passes it off as your own.

You are welcome to adapt my recipes and then provide a link back to my site, but please do not republish my recipes or content in its exact form. Instead, you may provide a link on your blog to my site where readers can find the recipe in its exact form. You are welcome to use one of my photos if you provide photo credit by linking back to my website.

If I find my content on your website or blog being used in a way that does not meet these requirements, I will send a DMCA request to have it taken down.  (Please don't make me do that!) To get permission for content or if you have questions, please email me at sonnet@healthyyoueveryday.com.  Thanks!


What do you do for a living?  
I work in the nonprofit industry doing seasonal, whole foods education with young children and low-income families.  I am also a holistic health coach who empowers people to take better care of themselves through diet and lifestyle adjustments.  

What do you do as a health coach?
I work with women who are tired of feeling sick and tired. My clients are ready to embrace a healthier lifestyle, increase their energy, and make big changes to their life, with the support of someone who can guide them along the way. My work is focused on helping women make specific dietary and lifestyle adjustments that will help them achieve their big health and life goals.  I use a holistic approach in my work and help women incorporate more vegetables and plant-based foods into their diet so that they have more energy to focus on what really matters in their life. 

I'd love to work with you!  Where do I sign up?
If you interested in talking with me more about health coaching, please email me at sonnet@healthyyoueveryday.com and we'll set up a consultation. 

What type of education and training do you have? 
I have a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Washington and I graduated with my MA in Organizational Development from Antioch University.  In my time at Antioch, I focused my studies on life and executive coaching, organizational wellness, and came to realize my intense passion for food justice work.  I am a certified holistic health counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a board-certified holistic health practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).  I have worked in the food industry for over six years and I am a volunteer cooking assistant for the PCC Cooks program in my free time. 


I'm super nosy.  Tell me more about you and your life.  

I love kale and can't go a day without drinking a giant green smoothie.

I work out 6 - 7 days a week and regular exercise is what keeps me sane.  I currently do a mix of strength training, walking, and swimming.  (I attempted to do hot yoga for awhile, but that did not work out...)

Some of my nicknames include The Vegetable Ninja and Crazy Cat Lady.  I prefer the first one.

I couldn't get through my life without the love and support from these awesome people (or felines)...

Ashley:  partner of 6.5 years. Blog editor. Tech support. Recipe taster. 
Bilbo:  Kitty extraordinaire. Blog critic. Recipe taster. Trouble.
Frodo:  Mischief-maker. Blog model. Snuggler. Double trouble.