Hi, I’m Lekshmi!
Welcome! I am so very happy you are here! I live in the Seattle area with my family. We’ve been a vegan household for about a decade now and Smart n Compassionate was created shortly after we went vegan as a way to share our journey.
We are originally from a sliver of land on the southwestern coast of India called Kerala. The traditional vegetarian cuisine there is almost entirely plant-based and that includes the desserts as well! So we were very fortunate to have a decent base to jump off.
In addition, we were reading voraciously about topics pertaining to our exciting new lifestyle and we were cooking up a storm in the kitchen exploring and experimenting with new ingredients and learning mind-blowing new ways to use every day seemingly boring ingredients! Recreating our favorite dishes from around the world using entirely plant-based ingredients became our full-time hobby. We also love traveling and were so pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to travel as a vegan with a little bit of research and planning.
It was a wonderful period of learning, self-discovery, and growth and we were bursting at the seams wanting to share everything we were learning. And so Smart n Compassionate was born!
My educational background is in psychology and I’ve also attained a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, backpacking, biking, camping, stargazing, gardening, cooking, and photography. I hope to use this platform to share the things that my family and I’ve learned and continue to learn on our path to a more compassionate, healthier, and sustainable life, and I hope to simultaneously learn from you through your comments and participation.
As Charles Darwin once said, “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” I hope you will join us in our quest to learn, understand, and optimize our lifestyle, with minimum impact on our biosphere. Here’s to critical thinking and compassion!