Allow me to introduce myself ...

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My name is Sara, and I like to eat. And yes, I'm one of those annoying people who feels the need to show you my dinner via social media every single night (well, almost). And I'm not sorry, because food is important. It's the physical fuel for our bodies, nourishment for our souls, and a pleasure we share with the people we love.

Let me back up a little: Five years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find me in the kitchen. I was working nights at a newspaper, and my lifestyle was barely conducive to eating breakfast (other than a Diet Coke and a couple cigarettes), let alone a healthy three meals a day.

My husband likes to tell the story of the time he suggested we make a pot pie at home (since I loved the frozen, store-bought variety so much), and I looked at him as though he'd suggested we attempt open-heart surgery on each other.

I can't quite pinpoint what sparked the transformation, but several mental/physical factors combined -- getting into fitness, kicking my nicotine habit, switching to a job that allowed me time to cook dinner -- and suddenly there I was, the most passionate of meal planners, the most avid label-reader, and the most dedicated self-taught recipe tweaker.

I've worn several hats since then, and I couldn't be more psyched to be sportin' this Green Grocer one. They're fabulous people with a fabulous product and philosophy, and as "digital storyteller," my job is to help communicate these things to you.

My most recently acquired hat? Mom. (It still feels a little funny to type that.) Our sweet boy Ziggy was born 12/12/13. What an adventure. I swear, nothing makes you more aware of the meaning and passage of time than becoming a parent.

What else? I love music, art, camping, spicy food and Harry Potter. I have a serious sweet tooth (everything in moderation, right?). And in case it isn't apparent from my blog posts, I'm a vegetarian (the non-judgmental kind, I promise). I'll be the first to admit a still-bleeding slab of red meat looks (and tastes) delicious, and I'm a little jealous you're eating it. But for me, eating this way feels great, and encourages variety in my diet and creativity in the kitchen. That said, I try to keep my recipe blogging versatile and meat-friendly!

Having a baby hasn't changed too much around here -- I still like to eat, and if anything, I'm even more conscious of what I'm putting in my mouth (and subsequently his). It's a priority, though not always an easy one. I think most parents would agree -- it's not about finding the time to do the things you love, it's about making it.

So stay tuned -- there are a lot of fun and exciting things to come, and I'll be doing my best to fill you in through social media, video and the blog. Please feel free to e-mail me with questions, comments or ideas at sara@washingtonsgreengrocer.com. I'll see you around!

WGG