I’m Amelia Florence Simmons, and I was driven to create this site after my conversion to a vegan diet. I’m a life-long vegetarian, and in the past couple of years have spent time eating a vegan diet on and off. Despite being a vegetarian, my diet at times has been absolutely appalling, and recently I’ve been finding myself constantly tired, struggling to focus, and just not quite myself. I decided to do an experiment, and commit to a vegan lifestyle for two weeks; something that has changed my mood immensely when I’ve tried it before.
I cut out animal products, gluten, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and potatoes, and a week in I was amazed. My skin was clearing up, I had bags of energy, I was suddenly sleeping well, I lose weight easily and comfortably and I felt extremely happy. Better still, I was actually really enjoying food again. Spending time in the kitchen creating new foods and playing around with flavours felt incredible. It seemed crazy to only do it for two weeks then plunge back into old habits, so I’m going to try and stick to it as much as possible.
I couldn’t have coped without some fantastic blogs and food sites, as well as some great recipe books. They inspired me to create great food, and reminded me that even though I wasn’t eating certain things, I could still be a foodie. One of my concerns about the vegan diet had always been a lack of options or creativity, and as a food lover, I wasn’t sure I could cope with that. I was so wrong – veganism is actually about a love of food. Everything I prepare is designed to bring out the natural flavours of food, and to entice the palate. I avoid using fake cheeses or meats, because that’s what gets vegetarians and vegans a bad rep in the first place. Everything I make is about eating fantastic food, which just happens to be good for you.
Veganism shouldn’t be about avoiding things. You shouldn’t have to stop being a gourmet when you stop eating meat or dairy. Meals here will satisfy you as well as providing you with a huge array of nutritional benefits, which is why I’ll try to include nutritional breakdowns for each post. Recipes are a combination of interesting new recipes and vegan interpretations of classic dishes.
I’m not about converting people or preaching. I respect everybody’s right to eat as they want, and hope that they will pay me the same courtesy. I’d hope that my site will represent the changing face of veganism and challenge the stereotypes. I’m not part of some hippie cult, and I’m not going to serenade you on my acoustic guitar with songs about loving the animals (although I do love animals). I’m just going to give you some fantastic recipes, and whether you’re a meat eater, a vegetarian, a vegan or a raw vegan, I hope you’ll enjoy them.