Thanks for stopping by The Salad Spoon, this is my space to share my culinary adventures in plant-based and Mediterranean cooking.
I would like to say I’m totally plant-based but sadly my unfailing love of sushi makes me more of a pescatarian with a Mediterranean diet.
I began my journey into health and nutrition a few years back after I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with poor eating habits. I had been eating the typical poor college student lifestyle for too long and it was showing in my appearance and health. Frozen dollar meals, top ramen, fast food, lots of bread and pasta, and not very many fruits and vegetables were the norm for me in college.
When I moved out of the college environment and started my burgeoning adult life in downtown Santa Barbara I knew I needed to change my eating habits before it was too late. Growing up, my dad’s always been an amazing cook, I prefer his cooking to going to eat at a restaurant any day, however I wasn’t much interested in doing any actual cooking. Yet all of a sudden, after graduating college, it was as if a switch flipped and I was instantly obsessed with all things culinary. Cooking became my relaxing me time and a way to express my creativity. The Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s became my favorite places.
Soon after beginning my obsession with cooking I was introduced to the documentary Forks Over Knives which explains how most of the degenerative diseases that afflict the American population can be diminished and even reversed by eating a plant-based diet. When you remove most of the animal-based and highly processed products from your diet you leave more room for disease fighting, health promoting, phytochemical rich plant foods that heal instead of hinder your body. It’s amazing how much more energy I have when I fuel my body with a primarily plant based diet! The fact that I love to eat and can basically eat until I’m completely full and not have to worry about gaining weight, as plants (fruits and vegetables) are nutrient dense food sources, is a huge plus
On my journey to becoming the healthiest me I could be, I was also posting my food pictures to my instargam and Facebook accounts along the way, and my friends and family started asking for the recipes so thus I have decided to put them all in one place, here on my blog.
I hope you enjoy my plant-based and Mediterranean diet recipes and nutrition information posted here on The Salad Spoon.