The Mermaid Behind the Blog

Hey there. I’m Shauna—aka The Midwest Mermaid … I’m a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana doing her best to bring a little bit of sea life to my landlocked life.

Years ago, I was on a solo dive trip in the Sea of Cortez when one of the dive masters told me I swam like a mermaid. “It’s like you were born in the sea,” he said … and I remember looking out at the rocks and thinking to myself, that if indeed I were a mermaid, “this is where I would want to live”—hence, the photo above. Oddly, when I was very young, I used to think the slight amount of webbing between my fingers and toes meant that I was a direct descendant of the ancient lost city of Atlantis, so much so that I became obsessed with all things ocean-related …

The Bermuda Triangle, Neptune and Poseidon … Island of the Blue Dolphin became my favorite book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea my favorite movie, crab my favorite food, blue my favorite color and mermaids, my secret obsession.

Of course nowadays, although it pains me to admit it, I know I wasn’t born in the sea (and I’m doubtful I’m a descendant of Atlantis) but even so, my love of mermaids—and all things ocean, sea, sand and water based—make me happy … from the smells to the general way of being that exudes beach life. So what’s a beach girl to do when she’s landlocked?? Easy. She brings the beach to her, and channels her inner mermaid … duh. So I started this blog in the summer of 2017 as a way to share my “sea life” with you … I hope you’ll stick around for a while or at the very least, swim on by every now and then as I’m adding new content every few days. See you soon … er, umm, or should I say sea you soon ; )

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Over the last year or so I’ve had some life-altering circumstances that led me to reevaluate everything … from how I was (or wasn’t) eating, how I was exercising, how I was behaving … basically, how I was living. And though I have never consumed much dairy or meat (beef, poultry, pork) I have always been a big supporter of the seafood industry and over the years have loved ordering seafood in restaurants and preparing it at home.

But the issue of sustainability took hold and once I started researching some of the species I was eating, I stepped away from eating any seafood at all …

I went back to “school” and got my certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University’s online program and made the switch to veganism, for about three months. But, as we all evolve and are allowed to do so, I’ve reintroduced some seafood to my diet—and by some I mean a very selective, ethically sourced, sustainably managed select few … and it works for me. I still don’t eat any other animal proteins (beef, poultry, pork) nor will I ever. And I don’t eat dairy (except for the occasional hunk of French brie) … so I am a flexitarian following a (90 percent) plant-based diet and “flexing” my flexitarian self on occasion to include seafood in my diet. And so, if you want to know more about my journey, head over to the new blog I’ve launched (along with my favorite man) Gastro-Licious (dot) com and read about how we live a mostly delicious, plant-based lifestyle both in and out of the kitchen.