My food identity
Who am I? That’s something I’m constantly trying to define. I took me a long time to find a food identity that satisfied me. I have struggled for years with body image and eating issues. I have never been thin, and I have a horrid time trying to lose weight. I’ve tried so many approaches to eating, restrictions made me miserable, and I still didn’t lose weight. In the end I decided that I love vegetarian and vegan foods, but I wanted to maintain the ability to eat meat. So I self-identify as a flexitarian (a semi-vegetarian) who tries to eat a whole foods and low fat diet.
This blog was started in May 2011 as a chronicle of my branching out into the realm of vegan foods. An arena I once thought was too restrictive and processed. I occasionally post about my vegetarian experiences and my thoughts on being a flexitarian.
An important concept: You don’t have to be a vegan or even a flexitarian to appreciate vegan foods. I try to make vegan foods that someone who can eat animal products would still love.
Outside the kitchen
Now that we’ve established that I have an open attitude towards food, lets talk about my life a little. My name is Miriam, I live in rural Southern New Hampshire with my husband and our list of alphabetically named pets
- Audrey – 4 year old, cat
- Beavis – RIP, cat
- Cooper – 2 years old, Standard Poodle
- Dumb Fat and Happy (aka HappyCat) – unknown age, cat
I’m an engineer working on a Masters degree in Plastic Engineering. My blog posting slows significantly during school sessions. I enjoy running, reading, taking pictures and finding ways to avoid cleaning my house.
Some random facts:
- I’m Canadian, I first moved to the US in Sept 2001. I stayed after college for a boy… it worked out
- My hometown in Canada is well known for being near wine country, big ships and rowing. Want to guess?
- I have completed two ultramarathons (two 50ks), my husband runs 100 milers (show off)
- I run in skirts
- I paid for my undergraduate studies with my body (I rowed division I on scholarship and spent half my time injured)
- I generally read over 100 books a year. I sometimes mention books I like in my blog posts about foods.
- My favorite sweet is actually fresh raspberries, which is also my husband’s favorite. When I use them in garnish it usually means I was sucessful in hiding them (from both of us)
- I live across the street from a small federally licensed zoo. I used to love when the wolves howled across the street, then they got coyotes. The coyotes yipping over the howls kind of takes away the haunting beauty.