My name is Karine. I once was probably one of the most extreme carnivores out there. Faint-of-hearts, stop reading for a minute and jump to the next paragraph! I was happy with sweetbreads, blood pudding, hearts, tongues, raw meats of all kind, game meats like elk, moose, and deer. Food was my life. I had a catering business and organized dinner parties that would have made a vegan faint. Life was spent in the kitchen, life was good.
I embarked on my vegan journey about three years ago. I started on this path because of acne. I always had acne-prone skin, even during pregnancy. And after having kids, thinking my skin would self balance, I became extremely disappointed to see it was not. I started struggling with cystic acne, and tried every dermatologist and every cream out there. Then I decided to try a diet free of all animal products, to see how my skin would react. Unfortunately, at that time, I didn’t educate myself. So I started eating fruits and vegetables in large quantities, but my energy levels were quite low. I went back to meat, and tried a paleo diet. That didn’t work out either. Then one day, after watching the Gary Yourofsky speech (Georgia Tech, 2010), I decided to order five vegan cookbooks. I started reading about plant-based protein and iron sources, I started educating myself on all the nutrients necessary for optimal health. Along with a religious skin care regimen, my skin started clearing up. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better than it was.
Education was the key to my success, and the more I read, the more the other pillars of veganism became important to me: protection of the animals and the environment. This whole journey is much more than a change of diet, it’s a change in lifestyle.
Whole grains, seeds, and nuts are now the biggest part of my diet. I love whole and natural ingredients, and will show you how a plant-based diet can be fun, easy, and delicious! #TheVeganBlonde