So my food journey began with my insta friends but flourished under the inspiration I found on IG. Being able to follow chefs & food artists (I’ll explain later why I use that term) around the world has given me so much to think about with regards to my plates and their aesthetic.
These are some of the first foodies that I was inspired by…
While on a trip to NYC with a friend who was having oral surgery & was stuck on a liquid diet, I ate raw & juiced with her. I felt so great & energized that the whole week felt wonderful. I started to think that my body ran better on raw fuel. Maybe it was the limited dairy, meat & starch diet that had me feeling less bloated, & minimized my mood swings & energy levels. I think the raw zucchini noodles at the Water Well sealed the deal. They were so yummy! When I returned home to Bermuda I was able to cut out half my portion of pasta & replaced it with raw grated zucchini when making spaghetti.
I first started following foodies & chefs, looking at flavour combos and trying to find a style that felt authentic & exciting to me. As much as I do love meat and there are certain dishes that I couldn’t imagine never eating again, but as I have followed more healthy eaters, vegetarians & vegans I realized that it was a way that I’d like to eat. It seemed easy to go more raw, especially as it made me feel better. I started looking at all the veggies at the market as possible stars of my plates. I became willing to try everything raw, without drowning it in dressing, appreciating the flavour that was naturally in each bite.
To encourage myself to eat many different colour veggies I started using blue plates that my grandma gave me (allowing my colours to pop off my plate), & I started following some food as art IGers.
Here is my shout out to a few of them…
One of my favourites @alifeunhurried
I really enjoy using food to cheer me up, & in the past that would include eating junk, but now I get a thrill from “painting” my plate with veggies.