Behind the Blog

HEY 🙂 Welcome to my little bloggie!

My name is Diana. I’m 19, a sophomore undergrad in NYC/ metropolitan area. I am pursuing a double major in finance and actuarial science (I hope!).

Ever since I became a vegetarian more than 3 years ago, I have embraced a newfound passion for health, nutrition, and fitness. I eat the way I do almost purely for health reasons, but I’d like to say ethics has a bit to do with it, too. Since my transition in late July 2007, documentaries like “Food Inc.” and “Meet Your Meat,” as well as the book Skinny Bitch (with which I have a love-hate relationship), have convinced me to stick to my diet.

Being a vegetarian in college is a challenge, but I would completely and utterly disagree with anyone who says that it is impossible. Freshman year, our dorms did not have kitchens and we were tied to the school’s meal plan. Luckily, I found vegetarian and vegan options in practically every dining hall. In addition to salad bars, a couple even had special vegan stations with stir-fry, desserts, and other dishes. I had my ups and downs with dining hall food, sometimes complaining to myself how limited the options were in the grand scheme of the veg. food world, but overall I’d have to say that my experience was not too shabby. I’m excited for this coming school year because I will be in a dorm with a kitchen! It is no lie that a food blogger/health nut like me cannot live without 1) a camera, and 2) a kitchen.

I’m the only vegetarian in my family (switching to a vegetarian diet was a completely independent decision on my part.) Coming home to a family of omnivores sounds pressuring, but I have found ways to stay true to my needs. The most important thing has been learning to cook for myself. I can prepare the dishes and foods I want without burdening everyone else. Besides, “real adults” need to know how to make their own food, lest they end up living on cup noodles! I am prepping for my future, after all. 😛 And since I LOVE cooking and baking, this is not a problem for me whatsoever. A few times a week I make dinner for my family and they are actually quite supportive of what I do. (I love them for being my guinea pigs! <3) Also I have noticed that these past couple years, my parents have basically stopped buying meat; they’re almost pescatarians, I’d say. I’m proud of them for making small changes like that. I do see it as passive support. 🙂

I am a full-time vegetarian (no meat, no fish) and a part-time vegan. I try to eat vegan when I can and if I want to. For instance, I prefer soy milk and other nut-based milks to cow’s milk, as well as non-dairy ice cream to regular ice cream. But I still enjoy a dairy treat from Sundaes and Cones (10th St. and 4th Ave) every now and then. I eat cheese infrequently, but I love me a good slice of pizza. On the flip side, I prefer Greek yogurt to soy yogurt because of the taste and texture. You see, in the world of vegetarianism, I don’t want to set absolute restrictions. In general, I cook mostly vegan for myself and let loose more when eating out with company. I mean, sometimes the best girl talks come from bonding over fro-yo, ya know?

Speaking of company–I am more than willing to share my views and thoughts with others if they’re curious. But I dislike preaching to people on how to eat. (I’ll be honest, sometimes I get a little disgusted when I see what people around me eat or do, and feel the urge to call them out on it, but then I immediately tell myself shut up.) Likewise, I also don’t like it when I have to explain or defend myself from ignorant comments or accusations. If you don’t force me to eat meat, I won’t force you not to. Being a vegetarian/vegan is my own personal preference and decision. As much as I might want to, I won’t say that it is the right thing to do or that it is better. I mean, it is very likely that some omnivores out there are much healthier than I’ll ever be. I will only attest to the fact that vegetarianism is the best choice for me.

And no, I do not crave meat. Ever. (Nor do I care much for mock meat.) Seems like people always try to dangle a piece of chicken in front of me to “tempt” me…

VEGeneration

What does it mean? Aside from being my lame conjunction of two words, Veg and Generation, it’s a new generation of eating–simple, clean, and plant-based–for a new generation of people who wish to commit themselves to a cleaner, greener lifestyle.

Note: I haven’t really thought of what “veg” specifically is short for. Vegetable? Vegetarian? Vegan? (Vegetate? lol) I guess any and all of the above. I’ll leave that up for you to decide. 😉

Here at VEGeneration, you will find my daily eats, recipes, tips, informational links, the occasional restaurant review, and stuff about LIFE in general.

I’ve created this blog for my own records, but I hope that my words and images can inspire others in our increasingly informed and health-conscious generation. One of my biggest goals of writing this blog is to simplify and demystify the seemingly complicated world of veg food. My vegetarian and vegan recipes are not too fancy; I can probably guarantee that they’re easy enough to prepare in a college dorm or apartment setting because, well, as a college student, that’s where I live 3/4 of the year. I believe that fancy food processors and pricey dehydrators are nice toys but certainly not necessities (I don’t own those so I don’t really expect you to). All you really need are the basics–a fridge, stove, oven, blender, and a sharp knife–to make yummy AND healthy food.

Contact

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions at vegeneration [at] gmail [dot] com. Anything not too private can be left as a normal blog comment, if that’s more convenient for you.

Thanks for visiting! 😀

4 Responses to Behind the Blog

  1. JACQUELYNN says:

    I was having trouble commenting on the post, but…. oh my goodness… that mushroom hummus dish looked ahhhh-mazing!

  2. I love your blog and the concept behind it. Your decision to become a veg is an important one – I’m the only one in my family too! I started at 11 years old and everyone thought I was nuts:)

    I agree that being a vegetarian in college isn’t halfway as daunting as it may look! My experience wasn’t bad at all.

  3. Tasha says:

    I just came across your blog and wanted to say hi! Your recipes look great and I’m going to try making your black bean meatballs (July 2009?) I look forward to reading more 🙂

  4. ginger says:

    Hi, I just found your blog looking for a recipe for kabocha squash. I just did the kabocha part of your oven-roasted goodness–with a few modifications of course. But I reckon that’s what cooking is all about–get a bit of inspiration, then make it your own. I love your blog! Looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while :-(. Hope you continue, because I’ll be back for sure!

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