About Me

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Welcome to Char’s Kitchen! My name is Char (obvs), _ I love food! One of my passions in life is to share a healthy, exciting _ delicious lifestyle with others using simple _ creative recipes. Whether you want to fully embrace a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle or merely flirt with it, I’m confident that you’ll find my abundance of wholefood recipes delicious, beautiful, _ satiating.

Most of the recipes on my blog are vegan {as I prefer to eat that way}, but I do sometimes eat a vegetarian diet. I will always be honest about the ingredients I use _ the food choices I make, but I am not perfect _ will never pretend to be. My lifestyle works for me, _ I wish you luck in finding what works for you. Again, welcome! (For more on why I switched from vegan to vegetarian, you can read here.)

Home: I live in Nanaimo, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island with my wonderful man Dallas, and our fur babies, Mowzers _ Gizmo. As you read through my posts you’ll likely hear more about them, too.

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I love snuggles with my Mowzers blank About Me She’s pretty chill most of the time, but also super sketchy. She loves to play with her ‘sockie’ full of cat nip until she’s so high that she just licks _ cuddles it. I want to keep her forever.

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Gizmo is my snuggly baby. He’s very affectionate with everyone, _ loves to wake me up every morning with some pretty aggressive snuggles <3 Look at that face!

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Education: I completed the School _ Community Support Worker Program at Vancouver Island University in 2009, and I now work as an Educational Assistant and Community Support Worker. After finding limitations in my career, I knew I wanted to go back to school _ do more. After two semesters in the Child _ Youth Care Program, I talked to an advisor about finding a new path. I am now currently re-registered at VIU to finish my BA with a major in Psychology. From there, I plan to complete my PhD in clinical psychology and find a career as a clinical Psychologist and research. The mind and behaviour have always fascinated me, and I love learning about the complexity behind personality and psychological disorders.

Food History: I grew up eating a pretty standard North American diet of Kraft Dinner, cereals, canned pasta, and fast food. Even as I got older, I learned how to make things like Kraft Dinner, scrambled eggs, and oatmeal in the microwave. I was a pretty normal child, but my diet eventually left me at a heavy weight in my teens with horrible acne and low self-esteem. I had no idea how to take care of myself or eat a healthy diet, and so I felt helpless. Because of how I felt about myself, I became lost in cycles of bingeing, restricting, _ compulsive exercising. Eventually my unhealthy relationship with food developed into bulimia, and I felt totally out of control.

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{Me dancing with my Dad in 2005.}

When I finally felt like I needed to get better, I did so without help. Each attempt at ‘recovery’ left me even more obsessed, and my eating disorder evolved into anorexia with exercise bulimia. I restricted calories, exercised for several hours a day, and lost a dramatic amount of weight. Others saw it, but through my eyes I was still ‘fat.’ After being offered a modeling contract, I started to understand a little bit more about how skinny I was, but not much. My agency further ingrained in me the “importance” of making my waist another 2cm smaller, or switching to pilates in order to reduce the muscle ‘bulk’ in my thighs. My obsession with measuring and weighing and counting continued for years after I left modeling, and I allowed it to control whether I had a good day or a bad day.

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Years of this back and forth between anorexia and bulimia became mentally and physically exhausting. I hated the secrecy and misery, and I just wanted to feel normal. My disorder was affecting my work ethic, my relationships with people who mattered to me, and my life as a whole. I finally sought help from a counsellor, though it has taken years of work and patience to get me to where I am today. After understanding the emotional issues at the root of my disorder, I was finally able to learn how to start breaking negative habits. For years I had tried to ‘fix’ myself with different diets or exercise routines, and I finally realized I was going about it all the wrong way. I truly believe that anyone struggling with addiction would benefit from the help of a counsellor, and there is no shame in it. Asking for help is the first step to recovery.

For tips on breaking the cycle of restricting, bingeing _ purging, click here.

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Today I am happier and healthier, and I have a much better relationship with myself and with my food. As I’ve fought through my negative thoughts about myself, they’ve become quieter. Consequently, I feel stronger. I take charge of each day as it comes and do my best to keep improving. Life is about progress, not perfection. I’m so thankful for each and every day!

If you poke around my blog long enough, I’m sure you’ll find a healthy balance of smoothies, pizza, veggies, cookies, and chocolate! I lovelovelove to create, cook, and eat, and I love to share the joy of food with others. C:\Users\Char\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip image001 About Me

Thank you for stopping by! I wish you all a life of love, happiness, _ beautiful food! From my heart, to yours <3

Char, xo

*contact me: char@charskitchen.ca

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10 Comments

10 Responses to About Me

  1. Laura says:

    Hi Char! I found your blog from a comment you put on Oh She Glows and I am so glad I found you! You have a great blog and you are so inspiring. We have a lot in common, as far as our eating history and now where we both are in our young lives. I’m go glad I found your blog. Can’t wait to read more! Your recipes have me drooling already. :)

  2. Susan K says:

    Hello Char. Thanks for the wonderful chickpea ala king recipe. I had something like this last week at a vegetarian potluck and thought it was just the right thing for me. I know what you mean about repeat meals…so good you want to have it over and over. If I can get it just right it’ll be one of my new healthy comfort foods. Charskitchen and Oh She Glows are my new favorite cooking sites. Thanks sooo much for sharing. blessings from the little house in the big woods in the hidden valley between the ridges in the mountain state…if you ever come plan to come to Berkeley Springs, WV please let me know and I’ll do docent duty for you at no charge. I love to show off our charming historic town.

    • Hi Susan! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe- it’s one of my favourites, and I’ve made it on several occasions! Definitely a perfect healthy comfort food. I’m so excited to hear that mine is one of your favourite blogs! Angela @ Oh She Glows is an extremely talented (and sweet) lady, and I’ve made several of her amazing recipes. If I ever make it out to Berkeley Springs, WV, I’ll definitely be giving you a shout! Thank you so much, Susan! Your sweet message made me smile :)

  3. Inspiring. Good for you. I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes.

  4. natasha says:

    Hi Char,

    Is there a number I can call you at? I’d like to chat with you about featuring your product to our community of eco-shoppers.

    Thanks!

  5. Janet says:

    Hey! Sooo great to see what you’re up to…ALL GOOD!!! We sure miss your mom….please ask her to call or email me :)

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