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Happy 1st Anniversary!

1 Jan

Exactly one year ago today, I started this blog. I decided to greet 2011 as a vegan and wanted to record my experience.  I’d just finished watching Food, Inc. and was so grossed out by eating meat, poultry, fish, and dairy, being vegan seemed like a cinch. Staying vegan at home was easy, but dining out felt so hard and often complicated. I slowly transitioned to a mostly vegetarian diet with occasional fish and ate this way the rest of the year.

And then December came…the first time that I craved meat all year. I sent 2011 off with two back-to-back meals of steak and short rib.  I’m not sure why but when the body asks, I like to answer.

Steak & Fries at Salt's Cure, LA

It has been an interesting journey with food this year. I’ve spent the year letting my body tell me what it wants, which has taken me from vegan, to vegetarian, to flexitarian (if we have to label it something). And what I’ve learned is, I doubt I’ll ever be one thing. There may be days where I detest chicken, and then a week where that’s all I want. I don’t have to declare myself vegan, vegetarian, or anything else to explain it. It seems obvious but you’d be surprised how comforting a label can be sometimes.

On my quest to achieve the highest level of health and nutrition, I’ve tried to go with what my body tells me but use the highest quality, organic, cleanest version of whatever that is. I’ve developed such a deeper understanding and interest in nutrition, connection to my food and where it’s sourced, and compassion for other living things. It’s made me more creative in my cooking and more mindful in my eating. And when I started writing for Clean Plates, I realized the principles I stick to at home should also apply to the restaurants I choose and so have adopted a more mindful approach to dining out.

Thank you all for reading and supporting my blog. I will always be in a place of discovery so The Food Buff will continue to evolve. Thanks for sticking around to see what happens next.

If your New Year’s resolution is to start a blog – what are you waiting for? Do it, stick with it, and just like they teach us in kindergarten – be yourself. Write honestly and share openly. There are so many wonderful blogs out there that the only way to be unique is to stay true to your own individual goals, interests, and perspective. Not everyone will agree. Not everyone will love you. It’s ok. At TechMunchGardenFork.TV said “Done is better than perfect.” And when it comes to blogging and other Type-A virgos like myself, this is the best piece of advice I could ever give.

Happy 2012 everyone, and Happy 1 year Anniversary TheFoodBuff.com!

Chelsea

Tips for Eating Local and Organic

9 Nov

Hello friends,

As some of you know, I’ve been writing for Clean Plates, a healthy eating guide to restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn (Los Angeles and other cities coming soon). If you love dining out like I do, but are looking to eat healthier, the book and website are the perfect tools. From fine dining, to casual corner restaurants, you’ll find the right spot whether you’re a carnivore dining with a vegan, or an omnivore just looking to eat healthier or try someplace new.

We are very fortunate to have specialty food stores, gourmet ingredients, farmers markets, and organic/natural health food stores here in NYC. My friends and family often ask for recommendations on how to get local, fresh food, or how to find a CSA. So I’ve compiled  Tips for Farm-to-Table Eating on the Clean Plates blog. OH and the pic is by moi too.

Please feel free to add comments here and on the CP blog, and share to Facebook and Twitter. Let’s spread the word and get more people eating in a healthful way!

For farmer’s market newbies, I’ve also created a Beginner’s Guide to Farmer’s Markets. Remember, not everything at the farmer’s market is organic so if you’re not sure, ask.

Thanks as always for your support! I’m so proud to be working on something I believe in. You can buy the book here.

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