I am just returning from a short but amazing solo kayak adventure in the Sechelt Inlet on the Sunshine Coast of BC. It was a spontaneous idea and one of my best in a long time. I spent three days and two nights staring out at distant mountains and a giant glacier while listening to the squawks of bald eagles and the gentle lapping waves of the big salty ocean.
One of the most incredible parts about my adventure was that because of where I’ve chosen to live I was able to put my kayak in the water from my backyard and within 4 hours I had left the buzz of humanity behind and I was in a natural paradise.
The paddle up the inlet was an adventure in itself as afternoon winds created quite an intense ride. I had to remain focused and paddle pretty hard at times to keep my little red kayak I’ve named “Reggie Starfish” heading in the right direction. When I arrived a my destination, a beautiful and rugged isolated beach with rustic camping spots I collapsed with exhaustion and thought – wow what a great adventure.
Over the next two days without a cellphone, computer, another human, or any other distraction I got very present with my surroundings. I spent hours enjoying the awe inspiring mountains around me and the ever changing ocean world of purple starfish, lazy jellyfish, curious seals and sideways wandering crabs playing in the tide. I thought about how not only was this a great adventure but indeed all of life is an adventure.
I am back with a tremendous surge of passion for my work, my message, the planet and for the animals. After almost a year and a half of feeling lost, confused and hurt after the death of my beloved father Reggie and beloved dog Jessie I feel like I just dropped back into myself with the fire and intensity that had previously defined me.
When I could focus in the last 18 months, my energy went into creating new recipes. Recipes that satisfy, promote veganism and good health. I will continue to do that because I love sharing that talent with you. I will be expanding what I share though and starting now, I will be sharing more of who I am with you.
My mission now is to inspire more caring, more kindness, more compassion in the one place I know best – FOOD. Caring because it is real, true and the essence of the human animal. Caring because it defines who we are in this world.
For years I hid the intensity of how much I cared about animals because it was scary to others, it was “over the top”, it was radical and somehow made me very different. I did not stop caring, I just put some of it in the closet so it would not be seen. That way I could still be part of the group, still go to family dinners and dinner parties and still be one of the gang.
The thing is, during those years my caring tore at me; it wanted to lead and I silenced it. I was inauthentic. I was too concerned about fitting in to answer the question “Do you mind if I order a steak” honestly, because the truth was I did mind. I was not prepared to tell my truth. This has all changed. Recently I listened to my partner’s inspiring Unplug Podcast interview with Steve Pavlina. He said that when someone asks him this question he now says that if they need to they should go ahead and order the steak, but the truth is it will make him sad. People need to know your truth, not so they will change, not so they will not order the steak, but just because it’s your truth. There is so much power in authenticity. I am going to take this approach out for a spin. I invite you to do the same.
In 15 years my great vegan adventure has taken me from an angry animal rights activist to a science based nutritionist and now I am allowing the truth to surface. The truth that was obvious to me 15 years ago when I said I could no longer participate in the exploitation of animals. I live a vegan lifestyle and I inspire others to do the same because I deeply care about animals and do not want to see them suffer for culinary preference. I love that veganism is gentle and healing for the planet and our bodies, but I did not have a clue about that when I made my declaration all those years ago.
Being vegan does not make me better than anyone. Being vegan makes me whole, real, authentic and congruent. Being vegan is who I am at my core; when all of the socially conditioned beliefs are removed. It’s then that I am truly authentic. I consumed animals because I was taught to consume animals. I was influenced by the beliefs of those around me. One day I woke up and my authentic nature emerged. It was then that I could cleary see the the incongruency of my daily actions. This inspired me to make kinder, more compassionate choices that were more aligned with my heart.
I am ready to fully claim the authentic place of love within me. I am no longer willing to be held hostage by the concerns of what others will think, instead I am aligning myself fulling with the deepest core essence of compassion within my heart for all life on this planet.
Science has proven that we get more than enough protein, iron and calcium and all the other nutrients from plants. Science has proven that heart disease is a food borne illness related to eating animal foods and cancer and eating animals are related. Science is not enough though. Science only goes so far and does not address who we are at the core.
Eating suffered flesh disconnects us from the truth within and serves only the beliefs that bully us. Our core values are much stronger, deeper and more authentic. They are our essence of who we are. Our values, if given the chance to lead the way, would never allow an animal to spend a life suffering only to be killed and packaged for our taste preference.
I invite you to walk with me as I share more of this great adventure of veganism. There is so much to be gained when we reclaim our true selves.
Eat from love, love what you eat.