*What was the hardest food (meat, dairy, eggs, etc) to move away from?
Meat, fish, and eggs were very easy to move away from. Butter and cheese have been my nemesis!
*Any advice for new vegans?
Oh, be gentle with yourself. No doubt you will backslide. I’d beat myself mercilessly when I did. It took me many years but I finally realized beating me up was a waste of energy. So I stopped being self-critical and returned to being self-loving/accepting. Less than optimal food, eaten with love and self-compassion, digests more efficiently than optimal food eaten under the fear and duress of perfectionism. Believe that.
*What are some of your favorite books/websites on veganism?
Books: The Blending Book Ann Wigmore & Lee Pattinson, Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, Living Cuisine by Renee Loux Underkoffler
And of course: Brownvegan.com
I especially love your website tag, “A down-to-earth approach.” I think that is sooo necessary. I can easily get bogged down in feeling a failure when I don’t execute any task “properly.” I’ve been that way my entire life and I extended that pattern to veganism. “Down to earth” is clear when you say you still eat flour and sugar and you are simply striving in the present moment to eat them as healthfully as you can. That must be such a relief for your peeps!!! It is a relief for me.
*Please share a recipe you enjoy.
Sunflower Seed Pate
1-cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked 6-8 hours)
1 medium-sized (or 2 small) jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3-4 T lime or lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
1 green onion
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
A pinch of cayenne pepper powder (optional)
Drain sunflower seeds. Put all ingredients into blender or food processor. (The food processor works best.) Blend for about 10 seconds. Stop and push ingredients toward blades. Check consistency. Add a couple of teaspoons of water if you desire a thinner consistency. Repeat until blades have fully blended the mixture to smooth.
This pate is delicious with crackers or raw veggies. Will keep in refrigerator for 5- days. Your household will quickly gobble this pate way before the 5 days are up. Better double the recipe!
*How can we reach you?
I’m on Facebook as Gail Roddy. At my website gailroddy.com, I blog about healthy eating for healthy mind and body, healthy marriages, and healthy sisterhood. When I sleep at night I dream dreams about living as a conscious, evolving, but-makes-plenty-of-mistakes woman. Blogging about this inspirational dreaming, so it’s shared with other women is why I’m called: The SisterWhisperer.