We love the recipes that Em at This Rawsome Vegan Life has created. She has a unique story and point of view. Today we bring you a little bit about Em – to view the original post and her amazing recipes you can visit her site here
You can call me Em. I put tahini on everything. I dance a lot. I eat plants because I love my body, the planet, and other beings. When I eat food I want it to be beautiful, but not merely in taste. I want it to nourish my body and brain, work symbiotically with the earth, and allow other earthlings their right for freedom and justice. I find that plants fit the bill pretty well, though going vegan is by no means an end-all solution to the world’s problems. I identify as an agender, non-binary and queer person, and my pronouns are they/them.
When I was 16 I woke up on day and decided to transition into being vegan (sorry, boring). I started this blog shortly after in late 2011, when I was getting really into making raw vegan desserts. Thankfully it took off from there, and now I am able to blog recipes and write cookbooks to make a living. I live with my family and felines in the lower mainland of “BC, Canada” (aka Turtle Island) on unceded Coast Salish lands. My family is not strictly vegan or vegetarian but for the most part my parents have discovered over several years that they just feel best eating vegan “99% of the time”. My brothers are another story.
I eat vegan food because it makes me feel good. With the knowledge I’ve learned about what meat and dairy do to me, you, our earth, and our fellow animals, I try to minimize my consumption of foods and products that require violence to be created. Nobody should have to die just so I can eat a sandwich. In any case, a lot of people can thrive without eating animals. I understand that food access is a serious barrier for far too many folks, but I am fortunate enough to be able to have access to, and afford, fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Going vegan might not be a realistic option for some but if it is possible for YOU to do, I highly recommend it.
It’s important to note that not all vegan foods are ethically-sound. Thanks to corrupt food production and distribution systems and uneven international power relations dating back to formal colonialist policies, much of the food purchased and consumed in settler states like “Canada” and “America” is produced in unfairly paid, unsafe work conditions by marginalized communities. To face this problem is as expansive, complicated and challenging a task as ‘solving’ climate change or the ongoing effects of imperialism, but recognizing that it is indeed a serious problem is a first and necessary step. Veganism is not a perfect diet or lifestyle, and in fact it is wrapped up in many issues involving power and access.
I am currently studying at Simon Fraser University, majoring in history, but I take tons of other courses, mostly in philosophy and gender studies. I love learning, and understanding more contextualized views of the world I inhabit.
I have always struggled with depression and I deal with anxiety as well. Mental illness is challenging to live with, but I manage most days. Having a good social support system is invaluable, as is forming healthy habits that keep me in a positive mental state (ex. meditation, eating whole foods, biking in the sun). I take anti-depressants and have no shame around it: we all need to do whatever works for us.
Eventually I’d like to “buy” – capitalism is bizarre – a plot of land in the province, if I am granted permission and consent from the First Nation(s) whose territories it would be on, and occupy a simple home with animal companions and blackberry bushes. I enjoy living as minimally and sustainably as possible. I am grateful for trees, maple syrup, moss, friends, music and you. I am happy to be me: self-aware and able to grow, living in this miracle world of our infinite universe (seriously, whatis the cosmos!?) Thank you for checking out my blog. Hope you enjoy the recipes!