Kate – aka The Joyful Eater!

Hi my name is Kate and I have a huge passion for plant-based eating!  If you want to know more, read on……

I began eating a vegetarian diet in 2005.  I had been thinking about this for some time, and a trip to India to visit an ashram was the impetus that got me to take the step.  The practice I received required a vegetarian diet.  I did continue to eat dairy foods for the next five years.  In 2010, I was beginning to consider that it might be time to move to a vegan diet, when I read The World Peace Diet, by Will Tuttle.  After reading that book, there was clearly only one option for me, so I dove completely in to plant-based eating, and haven’t looked back.

Eating a vegan diet has brought so many good things in to my life.  Here’s why eating this way brings me so much JOY:

A vegan diet is fully in alignment with the practice of ahimsa, which I was given in India.   Ahimsa is the practice of doing no harm.  I thought I was doing well with that by eliminating meat, but Will Tuttle’s book, and many others since, helped me to see that the suffering and abuse in the dairy industry is even worse than the meat industry!

I am keenly interested in doing what I can to shift to environmentally-sustainable practices.  Click on the link Did You Know? to read about how eating a plant-based diet can help protect the earth, and all those who call her home.

I know that when I am not eating meat and dairy products, I am not participating in a system that feeds a huge percentage of the worlds grains to animals destined for slaughter.  This food could be going to feed hungry people.

Eating a plant-based diet can greatly improve overall health and well-being!  My energy stays at a very even level throughout the day, and I don’t feel sluggish; in fact, I feel joyful!   I sleep better, maintain a healthy body weight, my hair is growing in thicker than ever, my skin is clearer, and I no longer suffer from constipation!  Yaaaay!

I love the food!  It’s delicious!

In the past, I’ve often felt helpless to do anything that would have a positive impact on the problems I see in the world.  First of all, there were so many problems, how could I possibly choose one area to focus on, and what could my small actions do to help?   This left me paralyzed to do anything, and pretty depressed about it.  Eating a plant-based diet addresses so many aspects of well-being, as stated above.  It addresses one’s health, and the health of our loved ones as they often shift their eating habits when they see how we are benefiting from this way of eating.  It addresses the environmental damage we are doing through the dairy and meat industries, and all the energy it takes to provide these products.  It addresses the problem of food supply for so many in the world.   It addresses our desire to act in a compassionate way toward other living creatures on this earth.

Go to the Did You Know? page to see the impact you can have by eating just one vegetarian meal per week!


9 comments on “About

  1. Do I have to be a member of WordPress to like you?

    • Hi Paul! The Joyful Eater has a page on Facebook, so you can Like me there! In fact, I would really appreciate your help getting the word out on Facebook! Thanks, and Joyful Eating!

  2. Your joyful blog is a joy to read! I am impressed by the layout, of course. But, most of all, I am impressed by your commitment to live Life in such an authentic manner, and with such abundance! Kudos, dear Kate!

  3. Kate – there is an abundance of learning here! – I am not as far along on the path as you are in terms of vegetarian or certainly vegan joyful eating exclusively yet I can see how much there is to offer here to those of us at different points on the “food continuum”! One thing for sure – your commitment and enthusiasm are pervasive and the blog is educational while not being intimidating at all. Bottom line: to borrow a favorite term from my career counselling days – you have found that which “juices” you and I am so happy for you – and all of us lucky recipients!! Congratulations and much love, Cynthia

    • Thanks so much, Cynthia, for your positive feedback! I’m glad that it seems helpful, and not intimidating. It’s important to me to be able to support people in “leaning into” plant-based eating. Joyful eating to you!

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