Thanks for stopping by my blog!

If you are just finding me, I would like to say a warm HELLO! And if you are following me from my previous blog, RissNori, thank you for continuing on to this one. But for now, here are some reasons you will love my blog and a little information about me:

From 18 to 21 to 25: The Transformation

<—– As you can see, I have changed a bit over the years. I will talk a lot about this, since directly one- half of this blog will be dedicated to my “Mostly Vegan and Slightly Vegetarian Quest.” I battle a real cheese addiction, people! It’s just so good, and it goes so well with my other love of life: Wine! I love wine and cheese. If you don’t, please offer me some advice on good substitutes. Anyway! I am a health nut, a sophisticated foodie if you will, a GMO-hater, a nutrition educator, avid runner, etc. You get the idea: I love healthy food and simply being healthy. Ask me anything because health and food are my favorite topics of discussion. Oh, and exercising.

Oh, just my one true love here!

<—–I am engaged to this guy. He is from Mexico and came to the United States to play basketball. We met in college, where he was the star of the team. I tried really hard not to stalk him, but eventually it worked out for the best! We are getting married December 22nd, after nearly three years of dating. I should mention he is fully aware of my cyber stalking days. We have an amazing rescued dog, Leo, who is the apple of our eyes. We are seriously obsessed with him. We also have a rescued cat, Buddha, who was living under my house when I moved in. I would say that we are obsessed with her too, but she’s far to independent for that! Rescues make the best kids. The four of us live in the downtown area of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Black Bean Lettuce Wraps, from Forks Over Knives

<—– As previously mentioned, I LOVE FOOD. I also love to cook. Being Vegan in Arkansas is sometimes challenging but I have never felt better. My favorite vegan cookbook so far is Forks Over Knives- The Cookbook. If you haven’t watched the amazing documentary the cookbook is based on, DO IT NOW! Seriously. Stop what you are doing. Go home, go wherever, but watch this documentary. There’s a huge list of other awesome documentaries, compliments of Netflix, but this one is my very favorite. I will keep you all in the know about what I’m eating. I love to share recipes and find new ones, and more than that, I love pictures of food. Is that crazy? It just makes the recipe seem more possible .

But back to why I’m writing this new blog.  The title “For Love and Veggies” came to me when I was trying to write my wedding vows. My husband-to-be actually suggested we write our own vows, which yes I realize is rare and amazing! Maybe not everywhere in the world, but down here, it’s rare. So here I am trying to one-up his sweetness of suggesting this and I’m thinking I have to put health somewhere in those vows. Our health is probably the largest component of our relationship, but for Alex, adapting to my food lifestyle was huge. He is from a culture where every.single.meal.has beef in it! Honestly everything. And if it’s not a sweet little cow, it’s a sweet little pig! When he came to America, where everything is processed and pretty much fake, he had a really hard time handling his hangryness (hungy+angry). As a traveling athlete who worked out around 8-10 hours a day, he ate whatever he wanted and it came mostly from a drive-thru. Then he met me. The first time he took me to dinner, it took him a few minutes to grasp the fact that I never eat meat. His reaction was shock, then confusion, then he sighed with a heavy “….. Americans.” HA! When we moved in together, he decided to try it. After we watched Forks Over Knives together, he officially converted. So now we are both lovers of healthy food, and enjoy cooking meals (mostly) together.

So, needless to say, For Love and Veggies is a healthy food blog, soon to be a healthy marriage and food blog. I’m very excited to share these adventures with you all and please feel free to message and comment away!

Until next time,

Carissa ❤