About the recipes on this site
Throughout the many years of this journey, I experimented with all kinds of different diets — I’ve gone from omnivore, to low-fat, calorie restricting, weight-loss oriented, to practically vegetarian, then omnivore again, to grain-free, to then strict paleo for a good number of years, then back to omnivore again, and now convinced vegan, hopefully for the rest of my life.
Of course, through all those years, I created all kinds of recipes that were in line with my efforts and beliefs of the time. So even though I have now switched to a strict vegan diet, truth is I have been a meat eater for most of my life…
As such, the recipes that you will find on this site are extremely varied and well-suited to a wide variety of diets, even though they don’t all agree with my current beliefs and convictions.
As a vegan, I obviously feel super uncomfortable with all the meat-based recipes on this site, but they do represent many many years of hard work and I can’t simply go about deleting them all. Besides, I feel it wouldn’t really be the right thing to do. As much as I wish it wasn’t the case, I once was a meat eater and I think I have to come to terms with that.
However, I’m hoping that with time, the meat-based recipes will become less and less prominent on this blog and will get replaced with as many delicious plant-based, cruelty-free, good for you and good for the environment recipes.
But my real true hope is that I can inspire you to make this change also happen in each and every one of your plates, if it hasn’t already, and that you will soon not even care to make any of those older recipes.
ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS THAT I USE
I try to always use the best quality ingredients that I can get my hands on when I cook. As much as possible, I buy organic and from local sources. Some of these ingredients aren’t so easy to come across here in Québec, Canada, but I always do my best to get the best food I can possibly get.
As a [now] vegan, I obviously don’t buy meat anymore… but when I did, I made sure that it came from a sustainably operated farm where animals are loved and treated with utmost respect, and aren’t being fed any kinds of chemicals, antibiotics or growth hormones. In other words, I used nothing but organic pastured pork, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken and eggs. Also, I always made sure that my fish came from fisheries with sustainable practices.
Even though I sometimes forget or don’t feel the need to specify the origin of my ingredients in my recipes, i.e. organic, grass-fed, free-range, pastured, etc. I always recommend that you use these products, or at least use the best quality products that you can afford or get your hands on.
ABOUT THE SWEETS & TREATS
This site is dedicated to inspire and help you to adopt a healthy lifestyle and, more precisely, help you put healthy food in your body. Yet, you will find quite a few recipes for sweets and treats on here.
By publishing such recipes, I am in no way suggesting that treats should be included to your regular diet as part of a healthy lifestyle, but let’s face it, it is human nature to seek pleasure in food and I don’t see this as an evil thing, so long as it remains occasional. We’re all bound to get cravings for something sweet or feel the need for a little tasty treat from time to time. Holidays, anniversaries and birthdays, family gatherings: so many social occasions that often lead us to want to let loose and indulge a little bit.
I say that when such opportunities arise, there’s no need to run and hide under a rock until it passes. Just go with it and indulge, enjoy the treat. Only do your darn best to keep it healthy!
ABOUT THE NUTRITIONAL INFO
Although I don’t count calories myself and don’t necessarily encourage the practice, I understand that, for all kinds of reasons, it is very important for some of you to be able to keep track of the calories and / or nutrients that they ingest throughout the day. Or at least, get *some* sort of a general idea…
As such, I chose to make the nutritional information available for the majority of the recipes that I post on this site.
However, it’s important to note that this nutritional information is calculated automatically by a built-in plugin and is only provided as an approximate guideline.