Hi, and Welcome to The Green Life!
The Green Life is an online journal and shop created with the intention of inspiring and empowering you to live your healthiest, happiest life. You will find here nourishing, seasonal, plant-based recipes, wellness and holistic living tips, and a collection of carefully curated goods designed to bring joy, health and beauty into your kitchen, home and life.
My name is Sophie Bourdon. I’m a French-Canadian living in Montreal, Canada (I write the French version of this blog here). I founded The Green Life in July of 2015.
I wasn’t always interested in health and holistic living. I used to be an unhappy corporate worker. For over 8 years, I had a career in the advertising and media industry. I ended up there by default – I always said that that career chose me, I never chose it myself. I had followed a path society had traced for me, but had never paused to figure out what I really wanted.
I was in my late twenties, waking up every morning to a job I hated. I was destructing myself with bad food choices, unhealthy lifestyle habits and high levels of stress. I was overworked and unfulfilled. It was like I was living someone else’s life. At that time, my job situation felt like a curse. Today, I know that it was actually a wonderful blessing in disguise.
In 2014, I hit rock bottom. I was miserable every single day of my life and was making everyone around me miserable too. I was heading straight toward burnout and depression. I knew I had to make drastic changes to my life.
I took a leap of faith – probably the scariest yet best decision of my life – and quit everything I knew to go back to school. I enrolled at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. I had no idea what I would do with my life, I had no plan whatsoever other than saving myself. Yet something inside was telling me I had to do it. I embarked then on the most rewarding journey towards health, happiness and purpose-driven living. I graduated as a Holistic Nutritionist in July of 2015, and launched this little online space the day after handing out my last paper.
Since then, The Green Life has blossomed into nothing less than my calling, my career and my life purpose. In just a couple of years, I turned my life around. Now I want to show you that you can do the same.
My Food Philosophy
The recipes you will find here are 100% vegetarian, almost exclusively plant-based/vegan, inspired by the seasons, often gluten-free and always made with the most natural, wholesome, nourishing ingredients.
I share plant focused recipes because that’s what I love to eat myself. It makes me feel energized, vibrant and alive. I don’t think everyone should necessarily eat the way I do, but I do think we could all benefit from eating more plants. I eat foods in their purest, most natural form and avoid processed/packaged foods and refined sugar. I try to buy organic, non-GMO foods whenever possible and support local farmers. I don’t count calories. And I don’t believe in a one-diet-fits-all approach.
I do believe that fuelling ourselves with real food and listening to our bodies is the key to optimal health. Life is about balance and my approach in the kitchen and in my everyday life is a reflection of this philosophy.
Unless otherwise noted, all photography you will see on this site is shot by me. I use the Canon 5D Mark iii body with the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 and Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 lenses. I shoot everything in natural light and my only other equipment is my Manfrotto tripod with lateral arm. I edit all my photos in Lightroom.
Thank you dearly for visiting The Green Life! If you have any questions, comments or just want to say hi, please, feel free to drop me a note, I’d love to hear from you!
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Portrait photos by Sonia Bourdon Photographe. All photographs, recipes and content found on this site are property of The Green Life, unless otherwise noted. Please do not redistribute without my permission. Thank you!