Contributing Monkie Julia Gartland
Published on September 14, 2010
Photographer Julie Gartland
It’s true, I’m sassy. I definitely have never been one to keep my opinions to myself. But, something happened when I found my passion in food. I found that cooking soothes me like nothing else ever has. When I get in the kitchen, my mind quiets and I create. That is a very difficult thing to do for an anxious person like me, but food has literally changed my soul.
I didn’t always have the greatest relationship with food. I spent years with chronic stomach pain, where everything I ate made me ill. Not until I found my many food intolerances, was I re-invigorated by what I COULD eat, and how it could make me feel amazing. I fell in love with food all over again, and developed an entire different mindset. With any chronic illness, you become incredibly grateful for how nurturing and delicious food can be. Food seriously healed me, emotionally and physically.
Now, I am gluten-free and vegan. It is not the easiest diet to maneuver around, but I absolutely love the challenge. I am always trying to out-do myself, do more, do better, etc. So yes, I am definitely an ambitious perfectionist who is never satisfied, but that’s part of the fun. If I didn’t have that fire under my ass, I wouldn’t be doing all of the wonderful things that I love.
These days, I photograph and cook vegetables in between creating my art school thesis and often doing an obscure pin curl set. I’m obsessed with the 40’s, have an affinity for design and love to cook for people more than anything. To me, making someone a special meal is one of the sincerest ways to show your love, and I show my love at least 7 days a week.