About Gabby

Headshot Sept. 2013 Hello there! My name’s Gabby and I am a 20-something girl from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, living in Toronto. I eat a mostly vegan, plant-based diet with as much whole, unprocessed food as possible, with some treats and decadence in between. I love yoga, reading, and music and am currently attempting (most important word here!) to learn the alto sax. I am an advocate believer in self-love and think we could all use a little more of it in our lives- we all deserve to be happy, healthy and strong!

My passion for nutrition first began as a Kinesiology student at Queen’s University. Throughout my studies there, adequate nutrition per Canada’s Food Guide was incorporated as a necessary complement to an active lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of disease. However, it was during a nutrition class in my third year that my position toward food and nutrition began to change. We were presented with some staggering facts, including that most animal-derived foods required 10-90 kcalories of fuel per kcalorie of edible food, meaning that a huge amount of our food source was being diverted to creating animal products. While this in itself was not alarming, it was the fact that to provide for us the Standard North American diet, we were using more energy, land and water than a plant-based diet would, contributing to environmental degradation as well as the fact that millions of the world’s hungry could be fed on the grain we were diverting to animals. No longer was it simply cut and dried, that the optimal diet was one that Canada’s Food Guide suggested I eat or that nutrition was a purely physical, human subject. Nutrition and eating became a very social and environmental concept as well as a personal physical one. It was something that impacted me, others and the environment. It was then that I became vegetarian.

I found the benefits of this diet numerous and immediate. I felt good about the choices I was making on an ethical level and a good part of the indigestion I had been experiencing for years was gone. This was when it finally clicked for me how integral food choices can be for everyday health and well-being not just for preventing disease. It also showed me how individualized diet choices can and should be. What was making me feel good was not necessarily what would work for someone else. These positive physical changes were all the reinforcement I needed and I have never looked back since.

Over time, as I read more and more on the subject I decided to cut eggs and dairy from my diet as well. I was starting to see that maybe continuing to eat these foods did not fit with my newfound ethics. This alerted me to the importance of a more holistic concept of eating, that perhaps there were emotional and mental aspects of eating. My diet had become disconnected from my beliefs and these were impacting me negatively. I shifted to a mostly vegan, plant-based diet a year and a half after becoming vegetarian.

Getting here has been a journey and I am still a work in progress. I struggled and still do with body issues as many girls do. I was once afraid of certain foods and exercised only because I felt I had to. I have found though through practicing self-love and surrounding yourself with people and things that you love I am on my way to achieving a health and happiness physically, mentally and emotionally. I am learning to love food not only for the taste, but because it nourishes my body and to move not because I should, but because it’s fun and makes me feel strong! I listen to my body and support it in the best way I can so that it can support me.

Welcome to my corner of the world where I’ll post my various musings and encounters with vegan cooking, healthy living and life in general. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you all better!

For more about me, see these posts:

my first steps


very inspiring, versatile and liebster!

raw banana granola

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  4. Love your story and love that you’re a fellow Canadian :) Not only do I enjoy following plant-based bloggers but I’m becoming more interested in holistic health as well. Looking forward to following you :)

  5. Hi! I adore your blog! I’m a music student living a vegan life, trying to love my body and feel the best I can. Your recipes are inspiring and I especially love the information you provide alongside them. I’ve been concerned recently about getting all the vitamins I need with this diet and wondered if you had any tips? In particular I know that Calcium and B12 are SO important and can be lacking in a vegan diet. Keep up what you’re doing, it’s awesome :)

    • hello there, I'm not 100% about this but the calcium is dealt with with LOTS of delicious greens like broccoli, sprouts. I fry heaps of greens in olive oil and have them with salt and pepper and mixed in mashed potato. I like half my meal to be veg… :)


  6. I am so happy to have found your blog – from your delicious dessert post at the recent Virtual Vegan Potluck. We live in the same ‘neck of the woods’. ;) I look forward to reading more of your posts and would love to learn more about your Holistic Nutrition Program. I just completed a Plant-Based Nutrition Course through eCornell University and The Dr. T. Colin Campbell Foundation. It was fabulous, but I’m now itching to study more!

  7. I’m so pleased to have found your blog today! And, I hope to contribute to Healthy Vegan Fridays in the future – there’s some great things going on there. I am a vegetarian who eats mostly vegan (though I do still eat some limited dairy products) and I really enjoyed reading your story.

    • Its so good to hear that you are nearly totally vegan!  Can I encourage you to watch Gary Yourofsky's Best Ever speech on Youtube. Its about 70minutes long and extremely interesting and informative about veganism. But for me it made me go vegan straight away becaue when i saw for myself what goes on in the dairly farms i just couldnt make myself buy dairy ever again. ..If you can make yourself watch the WHOLE thing I think you will find it really helps you to know WHY you are doing this… God bless and I hope it helps you as it did me :)

  8. Hi, there!! I don’t think I’ve commented before, but I’ve visited couple of times checking out your amazing recipes! I’m currently a Life Science student in UofT and it’s great to see another Canadian student blogger!! I used to have a blog, but unfortunately stopped for the time being, to focus on studying. I’m “mostly” vegan (vegetarian – since my residence food is horrible for a vegan) too :)
    Keep up the great work and good luck in all your future endeavors!

    • Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for visiting and your kind words!

      I can totally understand why you would give up blogging with school- I am having a hard time balancing and frankly, usually sacrifice sleep to blog. It’s tough! 

      I just moved to Toronto in September and I am in love with the city- especially all the veg options and health food stores everywhere! 

      Hope you stop by again, I loved hearing from you! Take care and good luck with school! :)

  9. Hey Gabby, I really don’t hang around here enough. What a lovely blog you have!
    We love you so much we are nominating you for two awards! Shazam! The ‘Beautiful Blogger’ and ‘Reader Appreciation’ Awards.
    We hope they bring you more happy connections, like light trees we are laying down our roots. See here: http://thebeachhousekitchen.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/the-beach-house-kitchen-nominated-for-the-beautiful-blogger-and-reader-appreciation-awards/
    Peace and Love, lee and janex

  10. If you are unfamiliar with the Versatile Blogger Award, it is a wonderful way for bloggers to acknowledge each other’s hard word. It helps to encourage a positive attitude toward one another as well as complement each other. I recently received this award. I have been following your blog and loved it so I am handing the torch to you. To continue the pay it forward model you read my post here and link back to it once you have written your own.

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  12. Hey, so glad I stumbled across your blog! Such a breath of fresh air, and what a coincidence.. I spent a week in Queen’s last summer for a youth leader’s forum and really loved my time there! Wish I could come back, hehe, love your blog! :)

  13. Hi Gaby. I first saw a recipe of yours over at the ranting chef’s blog, and knew I had to check out your site as well. You have some great looking recipes here, and I look forward to trying them out. We are trying to go raw/vegetarian/vegan, but life intervenes sometimes and learning new things takes a back seat. I am greatly inspired to invest renewed energy in our new food plan looking at your blog! Thank you! Best regards. Motherbarbarian

    • Thank you so much! I can totally relate to life intervening with dietary changes. I still experience them myself with trying to reduce my sugar consumption (even natural sugars) and trying to eat more high-raw. I look to other bloggers for help with this, and I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you :) Hearing from people like you makes me smile and reinforces the fact that my blog is worthwhile and people are benefiting. I wish you luck and always feel free to stop by and update me, ask for advice or just say hello :)

  14. Gabby – I love your blog and am nominating you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Check it out along with the rules for how it works on my blog. Keep up the great work!

  15. I love kitchari! I’ve been meaning to post a recipe as well – I like the variation from brown rice (plus quinoa = extra protein too!).
    For those of that you eat dairy, cooking the spices in ghee is super delicious and also in line with ayurvedic cooking (kitchari is ayurvedic).

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  17. Hi, Gabby, I just wanted to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to you! I see you have one already but I hope you can accept another! Thanks for your awesome blog, keep up the good work!!!

  18. Hey Gabby!
    My name is Lara and I’m a food blogger too… I found you through your guest post on Rantings of an Amateur Chef, read your bio, and realized you are Canadian and went to Queen’s! I am finishing up at Queen’s this April!
    How cool is it that the internet can link you up to people half a world away… as well as right around the corner from where you are.
    Anyway I look forward to reading more of your blog! :)

    • Hey Faith! I checked yours out and I read some posts and I really loved them. You have a really awesome outlook, I’m excited to look through it a bit more and look forward to what’s to come!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back soon :)

  19. So awesome! I majored in Kinesiology as well, and then Health Promotion at the graduate level. I’ve been considering going back to school for Holistic Nutrition, or Holistic Culinary. For now I’m just eating my way through life, one delicious plant-based meal at a time :) I look forward to following you!

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