Why Eat Your Veggies Institute?

11046195_10155295657300297_3925149627334347743_nHi there! I grew up in a small rural town, a few hours from anywhere.  My diet consisted largely of boxed entrees, frozen dinners, and canned stews and soups. Fruits and vegetables were simply not on my plate.

Fast forward to 2002, when I became a vegetarian.  I lived off of pasta and pizza loaded with cheese, and felt sickly and lethargic. When I became vegan for the animals in 2004, I realized I needed to set a good example, and I began introducing fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods into my diet.

I spent several years re-learning how to eat, and I actually became a pretty decent cook. However the past few years have experienced an increasing strain on my time, IMG_2970changing my focus from being experimental, to being utilitarian. The name of the game has become cramming as much nutrition into the simplest recipes possible… while still insisting that they taste great.

I know there are more people out there who – like me – want to eat healthy and nourish their bodies properly, but who don’t have the time or bandwidth to spend hours in the kitchen.  That’s a big part of why I created the Eat Your Veggies Institute. It’s also why I co-created Ottawa Veg Fest back in 2009, and the Vegan Eats Ottawa directory.

As a society, we have never been more interested in plant-based eating than we are now.  People are becoming increasingly aware of the positive health benefits of IMG_3250eating more vegetable matter, and less meat and processed foods. They are also realizing the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, not to mention the reprieve that it gives animals.

Plus, there are great people with mad kitchen skillz who lacked a platform upon which to teach others.  Eat Your Veggies Institute brings together knowledgable and qualified instructors with people who want to do better – even if it’s just their first step!

I invite you to join us, and to consider bringing a friend of family member too.  Together we can Learn, Eat & Share!

Pamela Tourigny