Hi and welcome! I’m Amanda and I’m the Mindful Avocado. 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. My dear friend Karley explored veganism and it was something I never thought was doable. I gave her so much respect for choosing this lifestyle, but never thought it was for me. As a result of her decision, I explored this “clean eating” movement. This lead me to start teaching myself about corrupt factory farming and the disgusting food system the U.S. has brainwashed us into thinking is healthy. I needed to start schooling myself on the matter.
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 organically removed it from my diet. My philosophy is to cook vegan and create plant based recipes; however, I can let my restrictions relax a bit when I am out (um, because pizza and ice cream sandwiches are my true love). 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??
One thing I love *almost as much as food is traveling. I believe these two loves go hand in hand because what better way to embrace a culture than experiencing the cuisine. This can be hard to as a vegetarian let alone if you’re strictly plant based, but it can be done. This is why I started developing travel guides to prove it IS possible to eat meat free while traveling. Even when you feel like no one is on your side.
(picture taken at top of Koko Crater trail, Oahu Hawaii)
This blog isn’t to bash any one on their eating habits. I will never shove veganism down someone’s throat. I will never say meat is unhealthy because I do believe meat can be apart of a healthy lifestyle. This is just what works for me and what makes me feel good. However, it’s important to stay woke and know how that meat is getting to your plate. Okay, I’m done haha. 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.