G’day, my name is Juanita creator of Little spoons of happiness. I’m originally from Australia married to a beautiful hairy Irish man, I have lived in Ireland for 20 years. It was there where I Qualified as a Nutrition and Lifestyle coach.
But by far the most important role in my life would have to be “mum” to my 3 beautiful children. The hardest most unpaid, yet rewarding job there is… fact.
Like all mummy’s we put ourselves at the bottom of the list, and take care of everyone else first. But what happens when your 40’s are fast approaching and the kids are getting older, more independent and actually don’t need you as much anymore? Well, I’ll tell ya what happens…. Firstly you freak out! you then slowly get comfortable with all the extra time on your hands and then… the mid-life crisis sets in.
Accidentally Becoming Vegan...
It was in my mid-life crisis I made a life-changing decision…sounds a bit extreme I know? But looking back I realize it really was. It was when I was studying to become a Nutrition and Lifestyle coach I accidentally became Vegan, what started out as an experiment ignited a flame in my belly. My passion for healthy plant-based eating was ALIVE. I have always had an interest in cooking and well eating really, I just love my food. I became obsessed with the power of plant-based nutrition and how it affects our health and well-being.
Once I learnt the relationship between food and health, along with the links between the excess consumption of animal products, highly processed foods and chronic illnesses, I knew I had to share it. Initially I was so angry, why didn’t I know this already and why wasn’t this public knowledge?
Through delving into the plant-based world I found not only is a plant-based diet better for your health, but it’s also better for the environment and for the animals too. It was a total WIN for me! I wanted a lifetime membership to this newfound Vegan club immediately. It’s amazing how we become conditioned to what we think is normal and how we disassociate with the food on our plate to what it actually is, and how it came to be there. My eyes were opened to how cruel and corrupt the food industry really was. I knew right away I wasn’t taking part in that another day longer. I’m so happy to say my experiment changed my whole life and my family too. My only regret is that I wasn’t educated… sooner!
How Little Spoons Of Happiness Was Born
You have probably realised by now I love food! Eating just makes me so happy, when I’m eating good food surrounded by friends and family I am most definitely in my “happy place” spoon after mouth-watering spoon… and so was born our name Little spoons of Happiness! Sharing all things plant-based gives our name a double meaning, little spoons of happiness for us the environment and the animals.
When I first made the switch to eating plant-based I feared my diet would equate to depriving myself and never having my favourite foods everrrrr again. But once I began exploring plant-based recipes and a whole new world of ingredients I realised that’s not the case at all. Plant-based eaters aren’t missing out on a thing, we are just replacing ingredients with what we would typically use to plant-based ones. So we are still able to enjoy all our family favourite recipes. I have discovered a whole new world of flavours, I definitely have a new found respect for food. There really is an alternative for everything, it’s just a matter of knowing what to replace your normal everyday grocery items with, it then soon becomes as normal as your weekly haul always was.
"I could never go vegan," said every vegan before going vegan.
I can definitely say I'm the happiest "Accidental " Vegan that ever was and my mission here at Little Spoons of Happiness is not to try and convert you to go vegan. Rather educate you in what I know and seduce you with the most mouth-watering plant-based recipes.
Sending you Happy Vibes!
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