As I mentioned in my first-ever blog post (Whoo Hoo!) my husband Dean is vegan, and just celebrated his first full year living this lifestyle. He does it for health reasons, and feels absolutely wonderful in comparison to how he felt eating a meat and potatoes diet. He is socially and environmentally conscientious, and loves how his lifestyle is low-impact on the world around him.
At first I wasn't such a fan of his new lifestyle. I am known to eat pizza and drink slurpees for breakfast. I once showed up to work covered in BBQ sauce, because on my commute I dove into the ribs I brought for lunch. My boss at the time, Rayne, is a whole-food vegan, and would try to get me to eat some of her whole-food goodies, but much to her chagrin, I was skeptical.
Flash forward a few years, and I got pregnant with Ginny... and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This meant that I had to give up almost everything I subsisted on in exchange for a rigid diet of fruits and veggies, meats, and very few processed foods. What a blessing in disguise! I learnt so much about how food was affecting my body.
After I delivered Gin, I decided to eat less meat, and more "clean" meals... less processed food. I slowly transitioned some dairy and meat out of my diet, and began to be supportive and open to Dean's decision to become a full vegan. During this transition, Rayne was an amazing resource for us, and gave us so many tools to make cooking easier for our busy family.
This month is veganuary, and in solidarity to the animals I would otherwise eat, my husband, and as a nod to my health (and maybe a bit of an attempt to get rid of some of the excess baby-weight i'm still carrying), I have signed up to be vegan... After all of the excess meat and dairy is out of our fridge, that is!
In celebration of going vegan this month, I sought out Rayne and asked her to teach me how to make one of my new favourite drinks: water kefir.
Water kefir is a fermented pro-biotic beverage (kind of like kumbucha without the tea) that is fizzy and sometimes fruit-flavoured. Rayne brought some over in a care package after we had Espen and I absolutely fell in love with it. Light, refreshing, and it replenishes your good gut bacteria- yum!
Side note: Rayne has since left her job as an issues management guru and become an amazing raw vegan chef, so I am definitely learning from an expert! Check out Rayne's amazing story on her blog Sage Plant Cuisine.
Here is Rayne's lemon ginger water kefir recipe. You can see some of the steps in the photos below.
Tons of love,