Growing up in the 60s, we were taught to clean our plates. We had a meat and potatoes or rice kind of household but vegetables and fruit were always available.
I remember a time when I was in my 20s when breakfast consisted of an extra-large diet Coke and a big apple fritter donut. What was I thinking?
In my thirties, my mom was in her fifties and got very sick and ended up with diabetes. I wonder if I had known then what I know now about nutrition, could I have helped her to live a longer life?
I didn’t have my first child until I was 32. During that busy time, food was mostly about “quick and convenient.” This was also a time when Americans were fed the lie that low-fat everything was the way to go. Always having vegetables as a kid did influence me to serve them to my family too. I’m lucky that they still like veggies! I do admit to not knowing much about nutrition at that point in time.
Skipping to my forties, after some major changes in my life, I decided it was time to make a change in my eating and health as well. After trying many different diets – including paleo, gluten-free and pescatarian – I realized that meat was not for me and I went vegetarian in 2016. Then, after watching the documentary “What the Health” in 2017, I decided to go vegan.
I love the way I feel now and know that eating a whole food plant based (WFPB) is what my body needs.
Veggie Groove came about because Linda and I are passionate about the world having better health. We hope our project will help you in your own journey to better health.
Peace, harmony, and health,
Veggie Groover and Co-Founder
I'm the guy who works behind the scenes. I'm in charge of building the website and whatever else needs to be done. I'm neither vegetarian or vegan, however, I do understand the importance of having vegetables in my diet. Regardless of what diet you practice, vegetables should be at least half of what you eat. That being said, I eat whatever Debbie cooks (so I'm vegan by default for most of the day). The saying is "Happy wife, happy life." I like being happy so I do what I'm told.... =)
Veggie Groover Numero Très
When I'm not groovin' to the beat of a different drummer, I'm a letter carrier for the USPS.
If I look back, I can see the roots of becoming a vegetarian actually started when I was a child. I grew up in Minnesota and my Dad was a hunter and fisherman. He grew up on a farm where eating animals was part of life. As a little girl (who wanted to become a mammalogist – the branch of biology that studies mammals), I saw a lot of dead deer, mallards, pheasants, and freshwater fish. That was a lot to take in before third grade (sorry Dad). I never forgot it.
A bigger life-changing event was seeing my Dad die of a heart attack at just 49. I was 15. I never forgot that either. Not overweight or a smoker or a drinker, he had almost fully blocked branches of his heart – probably partially genetic, but mostly lifestyle-related. He was a man’s man, which meant a diet of meat and potatoes without a lot of fruit and vegetables. I never stopped wondering how his tragic death could have been prevented. I also wondered if it was going to happen to me…
Still, for much of my life, I ate plenty of fast and frozen food, drank diet soda, rarely cooked or read labels. If it was quick and tasted “ok” it was good enough. I wasn’t a mom with a family to feed, I was a business owner focused on other things.
Unlike my Dad, I lived past my 49th birthday. I began to think more about what I was putting in my body. Reports were coming out about chemicals in our food supply – artificial flavors and sweeteners, nitrites and nitrates, growth hormones, antibiotics and more! I made changes to my diet and ate more consciously and organic. Then about eight years ago, after talking to a friend about a book she’d read about the pork industry, I gave up pork. From the beginning, I never ate “baby anything” (like veal or lamb), but it was finally time to face the whole truth I already knew. Behind the meat in the plastic wrap at the grocery store or on my plate was a process I couldn’t support. I just needed to make my final decision.
The turning point came for me in August of 2017 after watching a documentary called “What the Health.” I remember standing up after it was over and saying out loud, “I’m done.” And I was.
My first trip to the grocery store after deciding to become vegetarian was an eye-opener, to say the least! I saw food in an entirely different way. I had never realized how many meals were made with a few bits of chicken/bacon/beef/turkey in them – and how few were not. They were all off the list of things I would eat now. I may have panicked a bit, wondering if I could stick to my decision.
Then I thought a new thought.
How did we get to this point of thinking a meal is not complete without meat? Even meat processed and/or frozen long ago from who knows where. Yuck! What about “cheese-on-everything” and other habits? Could I find healthier food and alternatives I liked even better? I did. You can too.
This was the sprout from which Veggie Groove grew.
If you’ve come to our website and have read this far, you’re either thinking about becoming vegetarian, vegan or whole food plant based (WFPB) – or you’re already on board. Either way, welcome! Our passion is health. Yours, ours, and the planet we share with God’s creatures. Let’s live and learn together!
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To love and your better health,
Veggie Groover and Co-Founder
When not working on this, her passion project, Linda is the CEO/CCO of SmartSyt.com and BrandLandMarketing.com.