Hey! Cassidy Jo here. I’m the girl behind Zero Waste & Vegan.
Thanks for checking out the blog! A quick note about me…ahem.
My journey with veganism began when I was very young. My mom and step dad decided to go kosher. If you don’t know what that is, it’s all about the food laws in the book of Leviticus found in the Torah.
To make it easy for you, here’s what I DIDN’T eat:
- Pork (sausage, bacon, ham, literally anything that comes from a pig)
- Most seafood (shrimp, lobster, catfish)
- Some cheeses
- Specific brands of peanut butter
- Most fruits and vegetables (not because they weren’t kosher….because I was unhealthy!)
- Extremely cheap meat (not all, but most)
My parents actually gave me the option to eating Kosher, but at that age you learn to follow what your parents are doing. The older I became, however, the more I began to truly understand what clean food was.
Fast forward to my young adult, 20-year-old self. I was wide eyed and ready to face anything. I was very much in that “It’ll all work out!” mentality. Without going too into detail at this time, I struggled A LOT my first two years of college. So much to the point where I dropped out. I gained weight, lost friendships, and gave up my degree.
I had officially hit rock bottom. It was the most stressful time of my life. And I was so scared.
But one thing I was always consistent with was my kosher lifestyle. I guess it was the only thing still stable in my life at the time. I didn’t really know who I was. But I did know that I ate kosher and actually enjoyed it.
After I dropped out, I started to get my life together (as much as a 20 year old can) and tried to find some kind of direction. I began focusing on my health and trying to move it back to neutral. I was so inspired by the Earth and how are bodies were apart of it. I started diving in to learning about the human body, the earth, food, and how they ALL intertwine.
I was reading anything I could get my hands on. I was watching everything to do with health and the earth. There wasn’t a page in a book that said “Be vegan and it will solve all of your problems!” It took 2 years of research before I made my decision to even go vegetarian. But once I did, it was the most liberating feeling I felt in a long time.
What’s Zero Waste and Vegan about?
This blog is all about living sustainably… the vegan way! Two of my most favorite (and current) journeys in life. I share tips and steps you can take to live a healthier, greener, more sustainable lifestyle that doesn’t rely on processed foods and improves quality of life.
I love being vegan. I love the zero waste life. Thankfully we live in a digital world where we can stay in contact with different kinds of people all over the world. This kind of outreach and availability of coaching makes it all the more easier to find communities that you are searching for.
Zero Waste and Vegan is all about COMMUNITY. It’s about reaching out to those of you who are wanting a change in your health but have no idea where to start. Or are wanting to reduce your carbon foot print. Or are looking for guidance to growing your own food.
The possibilities- and communities -are endless.
Whatever the reason, Zero Waste and Vegan wants to help. This is a place where inspiration for the environment, or animals, or health, or all three can develop and grow.
Throughout the blog I share:
- Vegan recipes
- How to’s for veganic gardening and composting
- Tips and resources for turning your home into a trash-free, vegan homestead
- Product reviews for zero waste and vegan trends
I’m not here to tell you what you should do. I’m only here to help guide you if it’s what you are searching for. You can comment below on the posts if you have any questions or your own ideas. Thank you for visiting and welcome to the blog.