Hi, welcome to Up Beet Kitchen! I’m Allison, and I started this blog in June 2018 to share my love of vegetarian cooking and natural living. I come from an environmental studies and holistic nutrition background, having obtained a Holistic Nutrition Certificate from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, British Columbia. Currently, I am working towards becoming a registered dietitian.
I also love everything to do with running and fitness! While I didn’t always have a positive relationship with exercise–most of my teen years were plagued by restrictive eating and exercise addiction– I now see it as a crucial way to support my physical and emotional health. My attitude these days is that I exercise not to change my body, but because I respect my body. To that end, I actually ran my first marathon in October of 2018 and qualified for Boston with a time of 3:25:54. I am elated to have been accepted into the 2020 Boston Marathon.
I was fortunate to have been raised in the 90s by parents who shopped at health food stores, baked bread, sprouted seeds, made yogurt, and ate plenty of greens, brown rice, and miso before it was ‘cool.’ It only seems natural that my love of real food and cooking was sparked at a young age!
My food philosophy is quite simple: I love real food, and I believe in the healing powers of wholesome meals shared with people you love. I don’t believe in counting calories or macronutrients, but I do believe that it is important to eat a balanced plant-based diet based primarily on whole foods, with plenty of room for indulgence. I believe in nourishment and honouring our appetites rather than depriving ourselves of the great pleasure that good food has the potential to bring us.
I am a happy wanderer, and while I currently call Ottawa home, who knows where I’ll be next year? I love exploring everything that this wide world has to offer. 🙂
Below are my answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
- What’s in a name?
I called my blog Up Beet Kitchen because the kitchen is my happy place and it is where I create vibrant recipes that promote health and happiness. Furthermore, I want to encourage you to find peace with food and your body, and a huge part of that is not taking ourselves too seriously and learning to have fun with food. Last but not least, I dig beets. 😉
- Do you have a favourite recipe on the blog? That’s a tough one. I like them all for different reasons. If I had to choose, I would pick my Healthy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pancakes, followed by my Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte. But ask me in a couple of months and I’ll likely give you a different answer entirely. My food preferences are largely inspired by the seasons!
- Which camera do you use?
I currently take all of my photos with a Canon Rebel T6. For the first 15 months of the blog, I was using an iPhone 5 for all of my food photography. I look back on those photos now and cringe, but I also don’t ever want people to think that I was born knowing how to take beautiful food photos. Rome was not built in a day, as they say. Food photography is an art, and I am constantly working to improve my styling, composition, and editing skills.