May 19, 2012
I bake more than I cook (nothing beats a great vegan cupcake or scone) but am slowly trying to change that. As far as main dishes, I would have to say my favorite fail-safe dish is either rice or pasta with tons of steamed veggies and some sauce. It's fast, really easy, and tastes great!
I'm 24 and I graduated from Washington State University last year with my B.S. in Psychology, with an emphasis on psychobiology. Currently I'm trying to enjoy the time off before I start graduate school, which I plan to apply to this fall.
I've been vegan for probably the last year and a half. I started out vegetarian because I was no longer comfortable with the dissonance between loving animals and eating them and because I became more aware of the physical and environmental costs of a meat-based diet. As I learned more about vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and nutrition I realized that animal-derived foods like dairy are unnecessary elements in our diets and are potentially damaging. Particularly convincing was the question of what role milk serves for any species--to help the offspring grow and develop within a set period of time--and why we feel it is necessary to extend its use throughout our lifetime.
I really enjoy running (though I'm having to work to retrain after lapsing on my program) and swimming. I enjoy hiking but only if I can bring a camera, as photography has been a hobby of mine since high school. I like watching tv and movies as well as reading, both academic and non-academic. And I have been known to indulge my love of shopping more than is probably healthy, though most of it is window shopping so what's the harm? I would love to be able to do animal therapy work but my current pets aren't particularly suited to such endeavors so I'll just have to wait.
I recently moved to Portland from Vancouver (not very far distance wise, I know but definitely a different feel). I became vegetarian in September of 2009 and transitioned to veganism since then. I am interested in new people in the area.