The Sweetest Vegan
Tasha Edwards, MPH
My vegan journey started in the summer of 2009 when, after reading the book Skinny Bitch, I decided to give the vegan lifestyle a chance. I challenged myself to 30 days, succeeded, and lost 10 pounds. That 30 days, solidified my choice to live a vegan lifestyle, but it was not as easy to transition as the 30 days had made it seem.
I would relapse, start over, relapse, start over, relapse, sta . . . .you get the pattern. I had to think to myself, what keeps tripping me up? Fried chicken and dessert. I figured out quickly that it was not the chicken I loved, it was the deep fried – ness and the seasoning. I added a few more spices to my cupboard and bought a deep fryer, and ta-da, I was a vegetarian. Not healthy, but vegetarian. (Update: I loved the deep fryer but we have since parted ways)
Dessert was an entirely different monster. With its butter, milk, eggs, and heavy cream, I knew I would never be vegan if I could not conquer my vegan sweet tooth. One day, during one of my many sugar withdrawals, I mustered up the courage to experiment. I adapted my grandmother’s easy cobbler recipe by replacing the milk with soy milk. And, it worked . . . I wanted more.
I started looking for more recipes that I could make vegan and made my first vegan cheesecake. Then, I started searching for vegan cookbooks and bought what would become my Holy Grail, The Joy of Vegan Baking. With the help of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Google, trail and error, product taste test, and bakery reviews, I became The Sweetest Vegan – Vegan Dessert Connoisseur.
On August 2, 2010, I decided to apply my knowledge and love for vegan dessert to create a web show and blog; The Sweetest Vegan. Although Video Blogger was never a result on my career quiz, I have found a future in my love of health, food, and digital media. My audience, The Sweet Vs, is now more than 25,000 strong and growing every day.
Turns out dessert was my vegan road block, but other people get tripped up on junk food, cheese, comfort food, and the like. I am going to help them break their plant based barriers too. Let’s go.
The Sweetest Vegan : )