I get a lot of questions about my lifestyle, and the most common are usually something along the lines of “how do you eat so healthy,” “isn’t it hard to be vegetarian,” or the statement “I could never be vegetarian/as healthy as you are, I just can’t give up X.”

Let me begin by saying that I started this blog for a number of reasons.

1.   I love to write
2.  I love food and healthy living
3.  I love to write about food and healthy living:)
4.  I dream of helping people to realize their potential for health and happiness

Now, the trick is to define what “health and happiness” means.

Guess what?  It’s different for every single person!

I think the key to finding what health and happiness means to you is finding a balance.

For me, being vegetarianism is my way of making a difference for myself, animals and the environment.

  • By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from the miseries of factory farms
  • Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters.
  • The meat industry is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, such as land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution


Veganism is a way to amplify that by cutting even more animal products out of my diet.  I try to eat vegan about 60-70% of the time.

However, this is NOT about getting you to become vegan vegetarian.  You DO NOT have to become a vegan or a vegetarian to be healthy.  You also don’t have to eat healthy all the time to be healthy.  Healthy is all about balance.

I eat healthy foods the majority of the time…but I also eat fried mushrooms, pizza and ice cream occasionally.  And I try not to get bent out of shape when I do indulge in these foods.

Think of it like this: every single thing you do, even down to the tiniest choice you make, makes a difference!  Isn’t that exciting?

There is no distinct line distinguishing how much really makes a difference.  We are human and therefore we are not perfect.  We weren’t even created to be perfect.  We each have to find what works for us.  What can you do, personally, to be healthy and happy?

Being vegetarian makes me happy.  But it doesn’t make me healthy.  Eating real food most of the time is what makes me healthy. Keeping chemicals and diet food out of my body most of the time makes me healthy.

It is not a black and white, all or nothing issue.  It is a be proud of every choice you make that contributes to your health and the health of the environment and let the rest go issue.

Food was made to be enjoyed, not to feel guilty or stressed over.  Each of us has our own theory of how we can enjoy food while still being kind to our bodies and our earth.  Remember, it is these differences that make us unique and exciting.

One thing that makes me happy is to eat all different kinds of foods.  I love to try new health foods, such as Amazing Grass, tempeh, chia seeds etc.  But you don’t have to eat those things to be healthy.  I don’t ever want to give off that impression on this blog.  I eat these foods because it’s fun to be to mix it up and try new things.  But, you may find me eating chia seeds one minute and a peanut butter sandwich the next. And someday in the future, I may have a much harder time having the time or money to indulge in these kinds of foods, but I’ll never stop focusing on filling my body with foods that are grown from the earth, such as fresh fruits and veggies!

The overall point is that there is absolutely no way any one of us is going to make the best decision all of the time.

Let’s just work on making the best decision sometimes, the better decision most of the time, and not stress about the rest!

Are ya with me??

10 Responses to “perspective”

  1. Rachel @ Suburban Yogini April 22, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I love your paragraph about not liking labels. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t like anything being pigoneholed and I hate genres. I am not a vegan. I used to be and the restrictions didn’t make me happy. I am a happy healthy lactose intolerant yogi who doesn’t eat that many eggs (:)) and y’know the odd piece of fish 😀

    Great to find your blog!

  2. garbanzoGreen September 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    fabulous! I just stumbled upon your blog- thanks for the inspiration!

    • candice September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

      aw, thanks for stopping by! I’ll be heading over to check yours out as well…

  3. Heather September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi Candice! I just found your blog through the Project Food Blog Challenge. I really like the overall look of your blog and how straightforward you are with your writing. Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be voting for you in this challenge. Good luck!

    • candice September 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

      Thank you so so much! You are too kind. And thanks for stopping by and saying hi:)

  4. kelli October 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    i’m with ya girl!

  5. Driving Lights November 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    health foods that are organice and have natural source should be the stuff that we should take .~-

  6. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Your blog is a beauty and I second your perspective — aka love it!

  7. Alisa October 15, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I LOVE what I see here, but I can’t see where I can subscribe by email to get your updates! Is that possible? I am not on Twitter, so that is not an option! Please let me know if there is a way I can keep updated!!! Love your site! Thanks!


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