I Am a Fake Vegetarian (dun dun dun...)

My nickname at school is The Edgy Veggie.  I've had some friends comment about how healthy my lifestyle is, based on what they see on The Blergh, or on the Blergh's Instagram (@theblerghblog).  I'm not complaining- I love the nickname.  But I feel as though I have been leading you, my readers(all three? four? of you) astray.
Believe it or not, there's ice cream in there too.

Truth Number One.

The truth is, I'm not vegan.  I'm not even vegetarian.

So why is most every food on The Blergh plant-based?

I can't quite put my finger on why I'm so interested in plant-based food.  Perhaps it's the health benefits that the voices of the internet proclaim are so abundant.  Maybe it's the fact that food made of fruits and vegetables is so full of color and beauty that it appeals to my artistic side (I am notorious for not being able to eat something without first taking a picture of it).  Possibly the strongest reason is animal rights.  For almost as long I can remember, I've tossed the idea of vegetarianism around in my head.  Even though I know it's a natural, human tendency, the idea of eating animals is unsettling to me.  I remember the first time I pondered the idea of a slaughterhouse- I was maybe eleven.  I can still feel the singular shudder that ran down my spine.

At this point, I don't see myself becoming vegan.  That's not to say I don't admire those who are!  And I genuinely enjoy finding the vegan solution for a food.  It's fun to play around with plant-based ingredients and create something that is usually made with animal products.  As silly as that sounds, I love it.  This is coming from a kid who used to hate cooking.
A first attempt at "unicorn toast" with

 cashew cream.

Homemade banana cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Truth Number Two.

Until very recently, I had an inaccurate view of what "healthy" is, mostly thanks to my naivety and the labyrinths that is the world wide web.  I thought carbohydrates were bad for you, but I didn't really know what they were.  If something was whole wheat, it didn't have carbs, right?  Oh, dear.

This past spring, I told an eating disorder to shove off.  Things never got really bad; I have my family to thank.  I was left with refreshed positivity and a passion for making food.

My keyboard doesn't work like a keyboard usually should so I'm typing with a touchpad.  It feels disjointed and it probably reads disjointed, too.  What can ya do.

I love healthy food!  Food can taste delicious, be satisfying, and still be good to you and the world around you.  That is my belief.  But as good as healthy food really, honestly can be, it's not all I eat, all the time.

I think smoothies are fabulous, and I like to add greens to them.  Exercise makes me happy.  I would much rather make something myself than accept a version that is mass-produced by a corporation and loaded with unnatural additives.  (Insert of chorus of people yelling "what a punk!")

The truth is!  Some of my favorite foods are broccoli and vegetable biryani, and chocolate brownies and chocolate fudge and mac 'n' cheese(Not to give you the wrong idea- mac 'n' cheese is relatively nutritious).  I love ice cream as much as I love nice cream (and that's a lot)!  If there's cake in the house, cake is what's for breakfast.

Health is not only eating vegetables.  Health is not avoiding certain foods because media coined them as "bad".  Health exceeds physical well-being; health is balance.  So nourish yourself, and treat yourself too.  Listen to your body.
Homemade ice cream sandwiches.  The cookies were the product of
an attempt to make ice cream cones.

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Big things are happening for The Blergh.  Stick around, dudes.

World peace and love,
Heather <3


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