I thought vegans were snobs, even though I’d never met one. I was 18, living in the midwest, where I grew up on meat and potatoes.
I heard about vegetarianism for awhile. I decided to try it just for kicks. Within a week, a piece of meat made it’s way into my mouth. Only this time was different.
At a birthday party we ordered appetizers. I reached automatically for a piece of pork and as soon as I starting chewing, a new awareness washed over me.
I could feel, for the first time, that this “food” was flesh. Pig flesh. And I did NOT want it in my mouth. Ever. Again. I put down the last bite of meat I ever had.
I moved to the west coast and stumbled upon John Robbins’ book Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth. Learning the realities of health, diet, and slaughterhouses unsettled me deeply. I didn’t want to be a part of animal abuse anymore.
I went vegan for one week just to try it. I had more energy and could hike without getting winded. My stuffy nose was clear. I felt lighter in body and spirit. I was doing something revolutionary, yet it was so easy! This was the life choice for me. I never missed any animal product, and I never looked back! That was over twenty years ago.
I worked at a retreat center in the California mountains as head chef. I insisted all meals be vegan. Cooking for groups of spiritual seekers was a beautiful thing for me. I got to feed their souls with fear-free foods while they retreated from harsh realities to look within. I developed my philosophy of mindful cooking during this time.
Nowadays I cook for my husband and myself, friends and family. My meals are loaded with nutrients, textures, and flavors. People delight in the food and a light always goes off in their heads – “hey this tastes great! I could eat like this all the time!”
Recipes for Compassion is my antidote to overcome apathy and intimidation. Veganism is one of the biggest blessings of my life and I want to share it with the world!
Where ever you are in YOUR vegan journey, I’m delighted you found your way here, and I thank you for your compassion. I dream of a vegan world, and every vegan meal is one step closer!
Thank you for reading! ♥ Meghan Oona
I’m in the final stages of publishing a gorgeous, 330-page, full color vegan cookbook and I’m so excited to share it with you! Please stay tuned for release date info, and in the meanwhile, follow the blog, Instagram, and Facebook pages for lots of free recipes and inspiration.