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I love and enjoy cooking for my family. I became a vegetarian around twenty eight years ago. With the course of the years, I changed my lifestyle improving ingredients and avoiding animal products from the vegetarian diet to a vegan one.

Actually, I can call it a vegan lifestyle, which also has a connotation or philosophy. This includes environment care and animal rights. 

The food industry is causing not only a huge suffering for animals but also destroying our environment. Gallons and gallons of water a day are used for animals when could be saved for future generations... just to name a few problems.

One of the first changes in my life was to include more fiber in my diet. I started to use whole grains, especially whole wheat flour for bread and pizzas. Little by little I incorporated this for baking cookies and cakes.

So first of all, I always use whole wheat flour for my desserts. I don't use sugar, butter, milk or eggs when baking. I substitute them for banana, applesauce, non-dairy milk and canola oil. If necessary, vegan butter or vegan cheese are used in recipes. Also, I try to use organic ingredients when available.


I don't think there is a need of animal protein. It is proven plant-based diet provides a good source of it and is optimal for good health. So vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains give us all the nutrients our body needs. 

Most of my cooking is from scratch. Since I have the time to do it, I take advantage making it. Processed food is known for having additives, preservatives, colorants, and many chemicals that harm our health.

I also gave up salt in my cooking. My taste adapted to natural flavors without it.  I use many spices that boost my cooking instead. 

People who follows traditional Western diet will find my cooking bland or tart. I have adjusted my palate to enjoy it without any trouble. People who are vegan will enjoy it as well.

I totally agree with what Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”