Hi! I'm Alexandra, and this blog is where I post my healthy (and tasty!) vegetarian recipes. All of my recipes are refined sugar-free, soy-free, and use whole grains. Many are gluten free and most are plant based. You can find an index of all my recipes here.
I started to focus on eating healthy vegetarian foods a few years ago when I began recovering from severe depression and an anxiety disorder, and it's had a major impact on how I feel. Eating well makes a noticeable difference in reducing my feelings of depression and anxiety, along with daily exercise and some medications - my journey has been all about balance. Better health and happiness is happening on a day-to-day basis now! More recently, I also cut dairy out of my diet, and out of the recipes I share, as I finally identified it as the reason for lifelong problems with (sometimes horrible) eczema and digestive issues. I still occasionally eat eggs, but less often than I used to as I've shifted to a more plant based diet.
I'm currently living in northern Germany, where we moved in autumn 2016 to be closer to my family here. I was born in Toronto, Ontario, and then lived in southern Ontario until I was eight, when we moved to rural Manitoba (Canada). I finished high school and my bachelor's degree in Manitoba, and lived there for a couple of years after university before moving to Germany.
Gardening and local food are both important to me, so you'll see plenty of seasonally based recipes here. You'll also find some discussion about various aspects of overall health, including exercise, natural beauty, and mental health.
I don't have any formal training in cooking or photography, but have read plenty of articles on photography in the past couple of years! I did work as a graphic designer as one of my jobs for a couple of years in university. I use a Nikon D7000 for almost all of my pictures as of spring 2016 and edit primarily using photoshop and lightroom.
I have is a bachelor's in anthropology, where I studied people growing local food, and the people eating it. I learned how to cook in my mother's kitchen growing up. I started out just watching, and began cooking and baking when I was around nine years old. I am also a certified yoga teacher and have been teaching since 2015.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.