In all honesty, I never really liked the taste of meat. I do, however, and always have, loved the taste of condiments. I used to smother my meats with ketchup, mustard, mayo, dressing, pickle relish…o.k. you get the picture…anything to disguise the actual taste. When I went to college I gradually started to eliminate meat from my diet and was shocked to realize I did not miss it.
Through the years I still ate dairy and fish until one night, when I was having one of my non-ending inability to clear my throat, my vegan son suggested I give up dairy and fish for a few weeks to see if it made any difference. Always the one for a challenge (and to possibly prove someone wrong) I did what he suggested and you know what????? In a matter of days, I stopped clearing my throat.
I am going to be honest with you, I missed dairy but whenever I slipped and tried to indulge in a little brie, the outcome was always the same. So, I started to do some research which led me to a totally vegan lifestyle…or should I say plant-based diet. I still held onto my leather shoes and handbags but the more I read and researched about what these innocent animals were subjected to for me to have something so ridiculously selfish I knew I had no choice but to become vegan.
I am not perfect. I never have been and never will be but I am so pleased with where my journey has brought me in the past decade. The vegan lifestyle is not for everyone but it is my hope that I can help people change their everyday habits…even one day of not eating meat can help to make a huge difference.
I have been vegetarian for most of my adult life and vegan for nearly a decade. My husband, by default, has adapted his lifestyle to follow a mostly plant-based diet and, in the process, virtually eliminated some major health conditions.
OK, a bit about my other lives. I am a mother and grandmother. And, professionally, I am a publicist and writer. I began my career in NYC after graduating from FIT. I worked with a lot of the big name beauty companies doing their PR and also compiling catalogs for major retailers including Nordstroms and Bloomingdales. I was recruited by The Walt Disney Company and moved to Florida to be a copywriter. It was there that I met my husband, who also worked for the mouse.
We moved to Japan for 3 years and both worked for Tokyo Disneyland. When we repatriated to the USA our careers brought us to Southern California where we still reside.
My husband and I started our own company, Quintessence Marketing and Quintl where we have, for many years, traveled the world servicing clients in marketing, public relations, external relations and brand identity.
Family is my foundation and I am lucky to have an amazing array of both lovelies and crazies that all contribute to my everyday happiness and zest for life.
I enjoy sharing my original recipes, DIY projects, views, information and ideas on how I chose to live a harmonious life.
I am always learning and trying to grow on this amazing journey and hope that my site can offer something to feed you, both literally and figuratively.