Hi! I’m Alexandra, and this blog is where I post my healthy vegetarian recipes. All of my recipes are free of dairy, refined sugars & flours, and soy. Many are gluten free and most are vegan. 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, starting at the beginning of 2017, I also cut dairy entirely out of my diet, and out of the recipes I share. I finally identified it as the reason behind lifelong problems with 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. Cutting dairy completely out of my diet along with other refined foods has had a huge impact on both my mental and physical health. My eczema has largely disappeared, I no longer have bloating or inflammation, and I was able to stop taking antidepressants and haven’t had further symptoms of depression (for the first time in almost 20 years).
I’m currently living in northern Germany, where I moved with my partner 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. I use 100% organic produce for several reasons, largely due to my studies in university regarding organic farming and horticulture.
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 lightroom, and sometimes photoshop.
I have a bachelor 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 eight years old. I am also a certified yoga teacher and have been teaching since 2015 and practicing for over 15 years.
I can be contacted at alexandra[at]occasionallyeggs[dot]com, or you can write a quick note here.