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John (veggiestastegood)

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Some people feel that it is a punishment to eat vegetables, and they only do so in an attempt to be a little more healthy or in hopes to lose some weight.  The truth of the matter is that vegetables can taste good if you know how to prepare them.

Growing up, I was overweight and rarely ate fruits or vegetables.  I suffered from depression and anxiety for most of my youth, and was obese by the age of 18.  Needless to say I was very unhappy.

Moving out and living on my own, I became more active and ate less, but I was still unhappy and was heading towards potential health problems. I worked as a cook, but continued to eat very little vegetables or fruit.

At age 21 I had some type of awakening, started meditating, shunned television, and became somewhat of a radical.  At age 22, I began working at a farmer's market for my Grandfather's raw milk cheese company.  Reading articles put out by my Grandfather on alternative medicine and nutrition combined with access to extremely fresh and delicious produce changed the way I looked at eating, and I began to experiment with eating fresh foods.  I lost much of my weight on a raw foods diet, but the culinary excellence of the world (my favorite being mediterranean inspired vegetarian cooking) was too exciting to live without, so I stopped following such a strict diet, but continued to use healthy ingredients.

Between what I've learned over the years and some tips from a close friend who is Italian and mostly Vegetarian, my diet has become exciting and delicious.

I now live in rural Appalachia.  Most of the time, I am an artist and merchant, but I also enjoy organic gardening and bonding with nature whenever I get a chance.

Over the past couple of years I have been told multiple times by different people that I should write, but I never knew where to start or what to talk about.  One day I tried writing about preparing foods in ways that I find appetizing, and I found the process theraputic and enjoyable.

It is my hopes that through writing I can help people discover how to eat and enjoy more natural and fresh foods, and rely less on unhealthful and prepackaged additive laden foods which I believe to be one of the leading causes of health decline in America today.

I try to find a balance between healthfulness and delicousness when preparing my foods, and I believe that you should not be forced to eat unpleasant dishes in the name of health. 

Very few people can maintain a perfect diet, myself included, but by regularly including appetizing dishes prepared with a variety of healthy and fresh foods into your diet, you might just find yourself eating and feeling better on a more regular basis.

If you'd like to contact me with comments or suggestions, you can email me at veggiestastegood@gmail.com

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