In the last year, I took some away from my blog. Sometimes, blogs can be a wondrous soul-infuser. They are always a labor of love (at least the good ones). Other times, they can just be labor. For me, I took some time off as I dove into a full-time career and focused my labor of love elsewhere.
Now I am back from hiatus, with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
One thing that has changed for me is that I now care about my health more than I do about labels. You will see this shift reflected in my tone and intention for this blog.
Since vegan and plant-based are used interchangeably so often, I have always advocated for a distinction. For one thing veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle that goes far beyond food choices. It also means that it is just as possible to be a healthy vegan as it is to be unhealthy vegan. Plant-based is a term that is used in a variety of ways, often meaning a diet including no animal products focused on plant food, which often means the recipes are also vegan and so the confusion ensues.
For this reason I always categorized this blog as a plant-based blog, even though the recipes here were also vegan. At the time of starting this blog I labeled myself as a vegan for about 3 years. I chose to brand this blog as plant-based vs. vegan because of it's broader appeal, and inclusive nature. I also believed, and still do, that any healthy diet should be based on plants.
But over the years of studying nutrition and a variety of diets I have had to reach the understanding that there is no one diet for everyone. In fact, each person would be best served to go on a self exploration journey to discover their own ideal and intolerant foods.
So these days I am no longer vegan. I am just a girl that wants food to be my medicine, and to show others how to find their own medicine.
This blog started as a way to post my recipes for friends and family that genuinely pondered, "what the heck do vegans eat?" And for the first few years of this blog's life, it did a great job of serving that purpose. Many great conversations were started, and many people discover that healthy food looked good and tasted good too.
My new purpose for The Green Spork is to broaden my audience and distill the wisdom I have learned about nutrition. I hope to spark a personal journey for everyone out there to take steps through each meal that will make your life better, happier, tastier, and healthier.
Cheers to a new frontier.