Sharon Joy Guiel was born in Brampton, Ontario. She attended University in Dallas, Texas as a music major, Trent University for the creative writing certificate program and is a graduate of the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. Sharon was an owner/operator of a successful fruit, vegetable, and gourmet health product business in Lakefield for 15 years, a food feature writer for the Peterborough Examiner and has appeared on Chopped Canada. She is currently blogging, developing recipes for a cookbook and creating videos for her website and YouTube channel, joyously vegan. She is a mother of two with two grandchildren and lives in a renovated church with her 2 rescue dogs and a rescue cat.
What becoming a vegan did for me was to remind me of the gift of discipline. Being more disciplined raised the standards in my lost and lonely world of anxiety and depression. The beneficial results that trickled through my veins was a welcome lifeline bringing with it the momentum I needed to break free. The pride in taking control of my life inspired rituals in my usual patterns; I took out the ones that didn’t work for me and added things that would serve me. As I began to be mindful of healing myself nutritionally, spiritually and physically, I found that being disciplined required only a little effort from me. I could start with one small thing and make a change for that week, then add to that the next week and so on. The domino effect of caring about how I was feeding myself parlayed into how I started to treat myself.
My breakdown was triggered after a cascade of life-altering events. I was stubbornly self-medicating thinking I’d make it through, as so many of us do. But alas, I had a visit from the fickle finger of fate, and she gave me a final poke shattering the last vestige of confidence in my being. It was at that point that I found myself holding the hand of kindness, and it came in the form of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. You see, for most of my life, I lived by incredible health standards. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, I let a healthy lifestyle go slip sliding away. If you have ever lost your way, you will be able to understand the mountain can look quite omnipotent as it stands between you and your former self.
But slowly, ever so slowly I journeyed into loving myself from the inside out. I followed my curiosity, and in doing so joyously vegan emerged from the ashes. It is my intention to encourage you by bringing joy to your world with recipes, blogs, and videos that will inspire you to raise your health standards, live lightly on the planet and help end animal cruelty.
I will be forever thankful that you have chosen to spend time with me. Letting me into your day or evening will not be taken for granted. I enter into your life and heart with humble adoration and together we will empower each other to move mountains.
May God bless you with joy unspeakable.