Hi, there, and welcome to Mind Your Plants – my little corner of the internet. I’m glad you’re here! My name is Stephanie, and I garden, cook, and eat from the suburbs of Chicago.
I chose “Mind Your Plants” as the title of this blog for two reasons: (1) since this blog will include posts on gardening, literally minding (or tending to) plants and (2) minding (or thinking about) plants in terms of diet and healthy eating. Join me on my plant-based adventure!
Since I am someone who is super-organized (to the point of annoying pretty much anyone I’ve ever lived with), I want to give you a clear breakdown what kind of content you can expect from this blog:
- gardening tips and tricks
- plant-based, globally-inspired recipes
- articles and essays on food and nutrition
Gardening tips and tricks
After several years of living in apartments, I recently moved into a house with a real yard. This really excites me, as I have wanted to grow an edible garden since I was a child.
Growing my own food is important to me because I want to witness the transformation from seed to fully-assembled meal. As convenient as supermarkets are, so many of us, myself included, are completely disconnected from the sources of our food.
By growing some of my own, I hope to gain a better understanding of the processes required to grow these fruits and vegetables and gain a deeper appreciation for those who work so hard to provide the rest of us with fresh produce.
I have just started my garden this spring, and I invite you to follow me as I try to grow my first garden, likely making (and learning from) mistakes along the way.
Plant-based, globally inspired recipes
Why plant-based? For me, there are many reasons to choose a plant-based diet and, if you are interested in reading them, feel free to read about it in this essay. Briefly, I choose to eat this way because it aligns my values to respect every living creature with a diet that feels healthiest to me.
I realize that eating entirely plant-based and cutting out all animal products isn’t the ideal choice for everyone, and I respect that. Eat in a way that makes you and your body feel good. But I also hope that you are willing to explore my recipes and my plant-based, whole-food style of eating.
As for the “globally-inspired” part, I spent over two years after graduating college living in Taiwan and traveling to several countries in Asia. After growing up in the Midwest and eating a largely “meat and potatoes” style diet, I was astounded by the diverse spices and cooking styles that I encountered while living overseas.
Since I live in a fairly small town in Illinois, many cuisines are not represented in nearby restaurants, so I must prepare these foods in my own home if I want to eat them. Trust me, I’m not complaining too much. I look forward to trying out new recipes and sharing them with you.
Articles and essays on food and nutrition
I am skeptical by nature, and I try (nobody is perfect) to thoroughly research a topic before forming an opinion. When the major news outlets (or, these days, just people on the internet) release articles on a new study showing that “such and such food will reduce cancer” or “this new diet is the healthiest,” I automatically question them.
For those reasons, and more personal ones (e.g. wanting to be and feel healthy), I will occasionally research and write articles on topics about food and nutrition. These topics can range from the methods used when growing soybeans to the nutritional implications of a plant-based diet. If you are interested in anything specific that you would like me to research and write about, please let me know.
Please note that I am not a trained dietician, scientist, or medical professional. I will research topics to the extent of my ability, and try to go to the source materials whenever possible, but I may make mistakes. If I do, and you notice it, leave a comment or send me an email. I am always open to learning from others.
I will also write more personal essays on my own philosophies towards food (and life). As an introvert, I spend a lot of time in my head, thinking about the decisions I make and why I made those decisions. These more personal essays will allow me to share on (virtual) paper some of these musings.
And that’s that
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or just want to reach out, leave a comment here or visit my contact page for more information on how to contact me.