Hi and welcome! I’m Amanda and I’m the Mindful Avocado. I’m a trained graphic designer and I’m a self taught blogger, food photographer, writer, vegetarian cook – whatever title you want to give me, I’m cool with it. I live in the *not so sunny San Francisco Bay in California. I moved out here from Connecticut with my little side kick cat and I’m loving every minute of this crazy journey.
My blog got it’s name from the path my life has taken me on. The food choices I make are mindful (most of the time), and I am a California transplant. If there’s one thing to know about Cali is we loveeee our avocado… on everythang.
This is my blog expressing my journey to a healthier lifestyle. Like most people, I was raised on a standard “meat and potatoes” diet. My mom is Italian and my dad is a grill master, so eating meat was apart of my upbringing. I also ate a lot of processed foods throughout my life so it wasn’t very healthy. I never necessarily felt “unhealthy” but I never felt healthy either. As most Californians do, I explored this “clean eating” movement. This lead me to start teaching myself about the importance of whole foods and eating for both my health and the planet’s.
What I Learned
The bottom line is: whole foods are the path to optimal health. Processed foods are more or less garbage, and you can’t always trust labels. The more minimalist the ingredients, the more holistic and nutritious it is for your body. I started out by only consuming organic, grass fed beef and free range chicken. On top of this, I increased my veggie intake big time. I’ve always love vegetables, but never truly valued how nourishing vegetables are and how good it makes me feel to eat them. Not only is it essential to eat produce, I’ve learned how important it is to eat seasonally. It’s so easy in the United States to eat anything because literally everything is available all year round. However, it hasn’t always been that way and it’s not that way in most parts of the world. It’s better for the environment and your local farmers to eat seasonally and by making these mindful decisions your enriching your life and making this planet a better place 🙂
At this point I made a mini vow to myself. I need to start caring about what I put in my body and how to care for the planet while doing so. I realize this is what makes me happy and this is how I want to live my life.
Fast forward two years, I slowly lost the craving for meat and fish and organically removed it from my diet. I’m now 100% vegetarian and I can’t imagine going back. My philosophy is to cook vegan and create plant based recipes as much as possible; however, I can let my restrictions relax a bit when I am with good company. With anything, it’s about balance and moderation. Who’s to say if I’ll ever rid out dairy for good – this is my journey and the moment I’m at right now. I’m proud of how much I’ve grown, and I hope you are proud of yourself for exploring a healthier lifestyle. I mean, that is how you stumbled upon my page, amiright??
My mission with my blog is to introduce some healthier habits in your lifestyle. If everyone could make a small change in their life I do believe we can help the planet, and our health. Small steps lead to mighty changes my friends. This blog is intended to share easy to make, plant based recipes and showcase seasonal produce when possible.
So here’s to embracing your relationship with food – where ever on that journey you may be. Feed your soul to celebrate life, and feed the body to sustain vitality. Live the life you love all while being mindful about your food choices.
Can I share a recipe on my blog or newsletter?
If you want to share a recipe from Mindful Avocado, please link back to the post for the full recipe.
Can I share any photos from your blog?
If you are sharing a photograph to promote one of my recipes, great! All I ask is you link it back to my blog. If you would like to use any of my photographs for another purpose, please shoot me an email.
Do you do sponsored posts, recipe development, or food photography?
Yes! Send me a message and let’s talk.