Hi, I’m Jenny, Welcome to Wild Vedic Living – A website devoted to sharing recipes and tips about Ayurveda! My goal is to inspire others to live a more Ayurvedic lifestyle by eating healthier foods. This About Me section is about how I got here today!
I like to live a vibrant and creative life. I’ve never liked to be sedentary, in my thinking or being. After a year at a desk job I decided I needed to follow my heart. As I’ve been growing, I realized that I have always loved to cook. When I was ten, I liked making anything from shrimp quesadillas to chocolate chip pancakes. This was all fun, but these kinds of creations came to end. As I grew into a young woman, my cooking style changed as well. In high school and college I began to learn about clean eating and making healthy dishes like baked sweet potatoes, herbed chicken and a variety of vegetables My interest in an active lifestyle went hand in hand with healthful cooking. I became involved in Crossfit and running races, so I needed to eat high protein foods throughout the day that sustained me. My lifestyle forced me to find my way in the kitchen.
I find great joy in cooking. When I am creating and combining ingredients I am in “the zone”. Nothing else matters. I am the kind of person who will spend all day in the kitchen making a huge spread of food on any day – it doesn’t have to be a special occasion. Not only do I love the action of cooking, but I love providing quality food to others. My cooking started to become spiritual. The movements made while I am cooking are a meditation. Each stir, pat, boil, and chop are soothing to my soul. The love that is put into making a meal and the beauty of friends and family coming together over a healthy home cooked meal is when the magic really happens. The practice of eating with others gives the opportunity to share love and good conversation. We all must eat, so why not use food as a symbol of bringing people together for love and community?
I have been working in restaurants since I was 15. I had always thought that food and hospitality could be a career because I loved it so. It took me 6 years to get my bachelors degree because I traveled to faraway countries in between to get in touch with myself and deepen my understanding of the world. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management. I had many different ideas as to what I wanted to my career to be. Since that time, I have wanted to open a café, work for a healthy food company, start a Bed and Breakfast, open a retreat center, sell nut butters, and be a healthy lifestyle coach. All of these things involve food and hospitality!
My deep love for food and healthful living definitely didn’t go away, and it never will. After college I became a certified Yoga Instructor. I shifted my intense weight training activity to a more gentle and mindful approach to fitness. As my physical activity changed, my diet also shifted. I went from the Paleo diet to a mostly vegetarian plant based diet. As my eating habits became less rigid and relaxed through nourishing and earthly foods, my mind-set towards my career began to develop. I really enjoyed teaching yoga, but didn’t want it to be my full time job. I enjoyed educating myself about the history of yoga and that is when I found Ayurveda, the 5000-year-old healing system derived from India. It’s the sister science of yoga. I wanted to use my passion about Ayurveda and cooking to help others make healthy lifestyle changes.
In 2014, I moved to San Diego and enrolled in the Ayurvedic Practitioner Program at the San Diego College of Ayurveda. I wanted to learn the science of this holistic healing practice to integrate with my other interests. By moving, I made a pact to myself that I would start my own business involving everything I love. This is how and why Wild Vedic Living began.
I like a moving world of ideas, skills, actions and projects. Wild Vedic Living encompasses all healthful aspects of living, including photography! Taking photos of my cooking creations, along with images of interesting people and places, adds to my practice. The word “wild” describes my personality, and I truly believe in creating a career you can have fun with. Working shouldn’t be so serious. With a light heart and some wild love in the kitchen, I can still communicate with kindness. Whatever way I can, Wild Vedic Living is a place where I can contribute, which maybe the greatest skill of all.
Though I have college degrees, traveled extensively, and have worked in more fields than many young people, I am the same as anyone else. I am my best with an open mind, and living a life of kindness that trumps all of that. After all, what else is there?
So I truly thank you for even reading this About Me section. Since this website is less than a year old, I am still learning how to build it, and capture readers. While I attend Ayurvedic school, I will create my index of recipes to finally create a cookbook and a thorough website. I will also be providing Ayurvedic Cooking Workshops around the San Diego area. When I’ve completed my Practitioner program I can have one-on-one consultations with people with health concerns, and aid them in changing their lifestyle. In the mean time, I hope that my recipes and passion for life will bring you joy. As my dreams unfold I offer any of my knowledge to those who seek. Feel free to contact me anytime. One piece of concluding advice is that the first step to accomplishing your goals is actually beginning to work on them! Every one of us has the potential to do what we love.
How to Contact Jenny:
Facebook: Check my Facebook here. I respond to all messages and comments. Please allow 1-5 days during the holiday season.
Instagram: Check my Instagram account. I post recipes, travels, behind the scenes action and just good old daily life! If you make one of my recipes please tag it #wildvedicliving and @wildvedicliving, so I can see it!
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