About Vegan Gourmand
Welcome and thank you for visiting.
My intent for this blog is to discuss, review, inform and provide resources for healthy eating & health in general, bringing you to an overall healthier state.
I want this blog to be a useful resource for you that will be an enabler for your better health.
If your not a Vegetarian or a Vegan, not a problem. This blog is still for you because I will be blogging about health in general and who does not want to be better informed, feel better and be healthier?
So no matter where you are in your walk toward better health, the information I will be sharing will be helpful information that will help move you toward your health goals.
I will be doing food reviews, restaurant reviews, posting the best recipes as well as links to interesting websites and information.
The bottom line for me is that by reading this blog you will become healthier, reach your health goals while becoming better informed all the while enjoying great tasting food.
Now for a bit about me personally.
I grew up in a traditional Italian family with a brother and two sisters. My grandfather immigrated to America from Italy in 1900 at the age of 18. Later in his life he returned to Italy where he met my grandmother. On August 18th 1923 at the age of 40 he returned to the United States with his bride, on the ship Dante Alighieri.
As I remember, food was always central in family gatherings. In the Italian culture as in many, food shows hospitality, love, caring and respect to whom it is made for. I can remember all the great food that my family prepared and partook of. All made with the freshest ingredients, Rosemary fresh from the bush just outside the door. The food was truly great tasting and full of love.
But my question today is; was the food healthy?
Since then I have had some education in health & nutrition as well as gourmet cooking and hold diplomas in each. I am in no way an expert or an authority in any of these, but truly enjoy them all. I so much enjoy helping others feel better, live healthier and enjoy great food.
I am about 98% Vegan. I eat this way for the health benefits and not for the animals well being or the environment, although my diet benefits all three which is a bonus of eating a Vegan diet. I was a meat & dairy eater for 43 years of my life. I ate this way until my cholesterol was so high that I was put on two different meds to get it down. I was also told I was pre diabetic. And was already on high blood pressure meds. I decided I did not want to take meds the rest of my life and become a diabetic. So I made the decision to eat Vegan, to see if I could get off my meds and dodge the diabetic bullet as well as reap the overall health benefits of the diet. I also want to enjoy my retirement when I get there and not have to spend my retirement in hospitals or being sick all the time or even worse die before reaching my retirement.
Today, we truly know, as the old saying goes, “we are what we eat”. We also know that many health conditions such as heart disease, many cancers and diabetes are a direct result of what we eat or allow into our bodies. As a result we have seen the explosion of Chefs cooking a more healthful menu and teaching us how to eat and cook a healthier meal. With this comes the stigma that such a menu will be tasteless and boring.
It doesn’t have to be!
I believe that eating and cooking healthy does not have to be a boring endeavor and that good tasting, good looking food can also be healthy and a joy to partake of, served with the same hospitality, love, caring and respect to whom it is made for, just like the food I found in my Italian family.
Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!
Thank you for reading!
The Vegan Gourmand