In my early twenties and a few short years into my career as a pharmacist, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The diagnosis ignited my interests and determination in taking responsibility for my own health (in addition to turning my world upside down).
I turned my focus to an integrated approach to wellness and became certified in holistic nutrition through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). During the program, and through drastically changing my own diet, I discovered a true passion for food and its relation to health.
After graduating CSNN, I moved to New York City to pursue the art of health supportive cuisine and attended the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI), the leader in health-focused culinary education at that time. I’ve since returned to NYC for yoga teacher training. I now work as a recipe developer, food photographer, and wellness content creator.
I’m from Newfoundland, Canada but have lived in New York, The Netherlands, and now reside in Taiwan with my hubby, Bernard, and beloved collection of cookbooks.
Through all my training and experience, I know for sure that health starts in the kitchen and tastes all kinds of delicious!
This series of fun questions was inspired by an interview I did and I think it’s a great way to get to know me better!
Chickpeas and almond butter! Not together…well, maybe!
Can’t live without?
My Vitamix. It’s travelled everywhere with me.
Essential recipe ingredients?
Lemon juice and garlic!
Food you miss the most after becoming plant-based?
None. Really! Most people following a plant-based lifestyle will say the same.
What’s your ultimate goal?
To educate people about the power of plants and write lots of cookbooks!
Food is your first passion, what’s another one?
Photography, food photography! I am borderline obsessed. It’s been one of the most fulfilling parts of my life!
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Everything by Beyoncé. Whatever song she just dropped, that’s my favorite. And Skinny Love by Bon Iver.
Something people don’t know about you?
I hate sugar snap peas and snow peas!
Best plant-based meal to serve guests?
Market Shepherd’s Pie (in The Plant-Based Cookbook!)
Best piece of advice for someone thinking of going plant-based?
Start with one meal. Keep educating yourself. The more you know, the easier making positive lifestyle changes will be. Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Keep going. You’ve got this!