About me

I can be contacted at bitesizedthoughts [at] gmail [dot] com and am always happy to receive emails.


You can find my disclosure policy (relating to advertising, sponsorship and the ethics of my blogging),  as well as information about copyright, on my 'About This Blog' page. 

About me

Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by. Bite-Sized Thoughts is an ever evolving site and whilst it focuses primarily on plant-based eating, there are many posts that reflect my broader interests.

I moved from Western Australia (where I grew up) to England (where I was born) in mid-2014. My husband and I are now living in London, and we are rather in love with it. I tend to share details of our outings and adventures, both locally and further afield, so you will find those posts mixed in with recipes and food-focused reviews.



I have taken to calling my husband Mr Bite, and he has great patience in trying new dinners and dishes I serve up. So far, we have established that quinoa, broccoli, peanut butter and carob are foods that I love and he does not. On the other hand, I can sneak legumes past him if I try, and veggie burgers are an easy way to disguise all manner of vegetables.

Mr Bite in action

I have a PhD in psychology and work in the field of health and medicine. As a result, I am a firm believer in science and tend to be skeptical of health and fitness claims that don't have supporting data. You won't find me promoting products or approaches that don't have supporting evidence!

On food and eating

Eating non-animal products most of the time appeals to me for health, environmental and ethical reasons. I haven't eaten red meat since my teenage years, and stopped eating poultry in early 2010. In 2012 I seemed to stop eating fish, as an extension of my growing interest in food ethics and environmentally sustainable eating (I do think fish is a food with health benefits, so it is one area where my views on health and views on ethical/environmental eating clash). I am fully vegan at home, but will occasionally have dairy or eggs if travelling or eating food prepared by others.

Of late, I have come to prefer the term 'plant based' to 'vegan' or 'vegetarian'. Plant based places the emphasis what you do eat, not what you don't. It is also a term that encourages flexibility: plant based, not plants only.



On exercise and fitness

As a child you would generally find me reading or climbing a tree, and I retain bookworm and tomboy-ish tendencies to this day. I value exercise and fitness greatly, and am a much happier person when exercise is part of my days. I love running in particular and have run several half marathons. Posts in those areas are summarised on my running page.


I value each and every reader and each and every comment, and if you have any questions, suggestions or (constructive!) criticism, I would love to hear from you.

32 comments:

  1. The food processor is my favourite kitchen appliance too! Nice to find another Aussie blogger :)

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  2. Hi, Kari (and Mr. Bite)! =).
    It's so cool that you live in Australia! I have yet to visit.
    It seems we have a lot in common =).
    I can't imagine my life w/o my Vitamix (which acts as a food processor and juicer)! And I'm obsessed with dateballs!! Nom Nom Nom!!!
    I CANNOT catch a ball to save my life..But I can run like nobody's business.
    Nobody knows about my life as a blogger except for my husband and sis, and I'd like to keep it that way. I kill any and every plant that I get a hold of, so now I try to stay ways from them. I just upgraded to a DSLR, and I'm planning to take some photography classes!
    At times, thanks to my perfectionism, OCD tendencies grab a strong hold of me =(. I'm working on letting go and allowing Christ to lead me through this journey called life!

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    1. It sounds like we have lots in common Min :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  3. Hiya!! Thanks so much for your lovely comment!! I'm so glad to meet another Aussie Sweat Pink Ambassador although it seems you'll be leaving our shores pretty soon! I love your philosophy to food and exercise and will have a look around :)

    Hopefully find more ways to use my food processor lol :)

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    1. Thanks Sig, I was really excited to find another Australian Sweat Pink ambassador too! I'll be around for at least another year or two, so there'll be two of us for at least that long (and no doubt more before I leave anyway!).

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  4. Wow, I could have written this myself! Diet, exercise philosophy, even the PhD (although I'm a few weeks away from submitting, so it doesn't count yet). So happy to stumble across your blog! Love your pictures of the South West - that's where I live!

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    1. Oh, how exciting! I'm thrilled to 'meet' another West Australian - thanks so much for your comment. Congratulations, too, on nearly submitting your PhD. I hope you celebrate hard when you do hand it in :)

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  5. Hi Kari, I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and though I don't follow many blogs, yours is by far my fav. I thought I should 'out' myself as I wanted to thank you for all the inspiring recipes you so generously share. I am in Sydney and I have a British passport (my Dad is a Pom), but I have never understood the desire by some Aussies to live in London. Each to his own I guess. When you leave our shores in 2014 it will be Australia's loss and England's gain. Thankfully though, I can follow your blog wherever you may roam!
    Jakki

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    1. Thank you so much Jakki. I really appreciate your comment and am thrilled to find another Australian reader (even if I do have desires to move to England!) :)

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  6. This comment of yours I can soooooooooooo relate to!!!! "I'm not naturally a happy-go-lucky sort of person, and tendencies towards perfectionism and worry can sometimes make me my own worst enemy."
    Oh dear - I think you just described me perfectly ;-)

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    1. I'm sorry to find a fellow worrier, but it's always nice to know there are like-minded people out there! Thanks for the comment Sandy.

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  7. Hey Kari, I just came over from Cass' blog Food is my Friend. I love to discover new bloggers, especially when that blogger is on the other side of the world! I live in South Florida (USA) where it is dang hot in the summer, so I hear you on the heat. I look forward to reading more from you.

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    1. I saw you mentioned on Cass' blog and have been meaning to check out your site - I love that we share a name :-) I'm about to head over; thanks so much for stopping by.

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  8. Hi Kari, I've just discovered your blog and it's lovely to meet another West Australian blogger. Your writing is beautifully honest and inspiring... thanks for sharing your recipes, thoughts and dreams with the rest of the world (even if it was initially intended as a private project!). A few of us Perth food bloggers are thinking of planning a 'meet and greet' type breakfast or something similar in the coming months. Would you be interested? Either way, it's lovely to discover your corner of the internet. I'll definitely be checking back in with you :)

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    1. Hi Laura, thanks so much for stopping by! I am also delighted to discover another West Australian blogger :) I think the idea of a Perth catch up is lovely and would certainly be interested in hearing about it. Thanks!

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    2. Yay! Okay, I'll definitely keep you posted :) I look forward to keeping in touch!

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  9. Great recipe - thanks for sharing on Wellness Weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Gretchen :)

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  10. You've got talent Kari..
    keep sharing n blogging my friend..
    nice to know both of you

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  11. Hello fellow sand groper!
    Many thanks for your site, I can't wait to start trying out some of your yummy looking/sounding recipes : )

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    1. I hope you enjoy them if you do! Thanks for stopping by - it's always great to hear from fellow Australians :)

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  12. The food processor is my favourite kitchen appliance too! Nice to find another Aussie blogger like!!

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  13. Thanks so much for your lovely comment!! I'm so glad to meet another Aussie Sweat Pink Ambassador although it seems you'll be leaving our shores pretty soon! I love your philosophy to food and exercise and will have a look around

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    1. Thank you in turn! I might be leaving Australia soon, but I still love meeting other Australian bloggers :-)

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  14. hanks so much for your lovely comment!! I'm so glad to meet another Aussie Sweat Pink Ambassador although it seems you'll be leaving our shores pretty soon! I love your philosophy to food and exercise and will have a look around

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  15. Hi Kari, I stumbled upon your blog by accident, but I am inspired to use this as a model to better my own blog. Its great and keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you so much Katelyn. That's really kind!

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