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To all of my loyal and lovely readers:  I have a confession to make… 

I have been holding out on you.

Over the past month and a half, I’ve gotten a new job at a raw vegan restaurant called Rawlicious (which I ADORE), and have had the opportunity to attend a few veg/health-related events that renewed and reaffirmed my enthusiasm for the whole crazy-happy-kind-healthy lifestyle!

The first great experience I had was attending the 28th Annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival.  The festival is the one of the largest in the world, with over 40,000 visitors last year and 100+ vendors and speakers.  Never before had I attended an event that was host to so many passionate, compassionate, vibrant, healthy and like-minded individuals!  I was even lucky enough to hear a talk by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau(!!!), which was inspiring, to say the least.  You can see her give a very similar version of this speech here, entitled “From Excuse-itarian to Vegan”.  I am constantly inspired by the positive approach that she takes in her work, as she describes her mission to “empower people to make informed food choices…to debunk myths about veganism and animal rights, and to give people the tools and resources they need to live according to their own values of compassion and wellness”.  What a lady!

At the festival, I also attended a workshop on starting your own vegan business, hosted by Doug Mcnish (author of “Eat Raw, Eat Well”) and Ashley Wittig (owner of Bunner’s Vegan and Gluten-free Bakeshop).  Great stuff!

A few weeks after the festival, health guru David Wolfe - you may recognize him from the “Food Matters" documentary - came to my hometown and gave a talk on wellness, superfoods, and answered nutrition questions from the audience.  A variety of vendors were there  (Giddy Yo-Yo, anyone?!), and it was certainly an eye-opening experience.  That guy has knowledge and enthusiasm in abundance!  Word of the night: chaga!  Google it and be amazed, friends ;).

Lastly, I would like to leave you with perhaps the most exciting and newest news:  I have officially become a new food supplier to Quaker Oaks farm animal sanctuary!  A kind and generous husband and wife team rescue and house needy farm animals, funding their care with a small shop on their property featuring knick knacks, their famous stuffed olives, and several homemade food items.  With growing interest from some of their customers, they have received requests for some vegan options, and yours truly will have the tremendous honour and pleasure of making said items!  For my first cooking adventure, I prepared a chicken-less pot pie, hearty yellow split pea and red lentil soup, raw coconut key lime pies, and gluten (and guilt)-free date brownies with a chocolate avocado frosting.  I now eagerly await my first reviews from customers to see how they liked my home made handiwork!  It couldn’t be going to a more noble cause :).

As exciting things happen for me, I hope you will continue to follow my adventures, and always feel free to write in with questions, concerns, opinions, advice, or whatever else you feel like sharing!  I love hearing from you all, and I can’t wait to see where this adventure is taking me! 

A HUGE and WARM thanks to my always-awesome parents for their love and support in my endeavors, and to my boyfriend who is a constant inspiration and encouragement for me to continue on my journey of wellness, kindness and fitness.  I love you guys like crazy, and I couldn’t do this without you.

Thanks for reading, and don’t be shy to send me an ask if there is something that you would like for me to elaborate further on.

Toodles! ;)