Welcome to my blog! My name’s Kayse and my life revolves around cooking, creating, yoga, and enjoying the simple things.
I suffered from various digestive issues, especially acid reflux and low energy, for most of my life. In my late teens I developed chronic migraines, but in fear of resorting to prescription painkillers to mask the problem, I suffered through them. Between migraines and poor digestion, I was miserable almost every day.
Then, I saw the film The Beautiful Truth during my first year of college which resulted in a cascade of radical changes in my life. My interest in food production heightened, I started to actually read the ingredients of the items I was consuming, and read piles of books about herbalism and alternative medicine. Soon I was eating organic, unprocessed foods and began dabbling in vegetarianism for fear of hormones and antibiotics in animal products. My digestion and energy were better than they’d been for the entirety of my memory. Although my migraines became fewer, they were still occurring two to three times a week (yes, that was fewer than before!).
When I landed a job at a natural foods store, my passion for food really ignited. This led me to the cookbook aisle of the library, where I stumbled upon the book The Kind Life by Alicia Silverstone. From there I dove into researching plant-based diets and vegan ethics. I was hooked. I quickly converted my eating entirely to a plant-based, whole foods diet. I should note that I did have a friend that had been vegan for a number of years to advise me in my beginning stages, and read lots of books in order to safely account for any nutritional differences in my diet.
The migraines, however, were still happening. To find the root of the problem, I documented the foods I was eating the days of my migraines. I found three common denominators- gluten, refined sugar, and soy. I eliminated them from my diet, and now, I rarely suffer from a migraine! My acid reflux is no longer either!
In the end, I learned a lot about my own willpower, a lot about my body, found one of my biggest passions, and cured myself of chronic health issues that I’d suffered from for years. I am constantly reading and rereading books about plant-based foods, as well as the environmental and health impacts of the Standard American Diet. I am now certified in Plant Based Cooking and Plant Based Nutrition, and enjoy planning and preparing every meal I make.
A lifetime of sickness and low energy pretty much landed me on the couch for large amounts of time, crafting and doodling. Ever since I was a child, I’ve lost myself in various forms of crafts and artwork. I sew, knit, paint, draw, take photos, and put things together. I used my passion for creating in college, where I received a degree in Communication Art and Design. The skills I learned there have been useful with everything I’ve wanted to create. You can view my online portfolio, if you like, at kaysewieneke.weebly.com.
I’ve always got at least one project in the making. Usually, when I see something I like at a store, I take a mental note and go home and create my own version of what I saw. It’s really important to me to be able to make things for myself and not have to spend money on every little thing I want or need. Creating something with my own hands is one of the most rewarding parts of my life.
From food to art, I am always creating new things.
Art, health, and happiness are my passion.
I hope you enjoy my blog,
If you’d like to chat, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!