I'm a plant-based recipe developer. At age 22, I healed my autoimmune disease through a raw food diet. By age 24 I was running a major health food company selling to Whole Foods Markets, corporations, hotels, and also high-powered celebrity clients. In the past 20 years, I have shown tens of thousands of people the healing power of foods and demonstrated through my cutting edge products that plant-based foods don't have to be "hippie" or bland; they are high vibe, compassionate, and powerfully healing.
My mission in creating plant-based recipes is to be committed to empowering people to change their lives, take control of their health, feel great, and heal their illness and weight issues.
Before I was healed, I spent so many years trying one diet after another. I couldn’t stick to one way of eating. I blamed gluten for my health problems. Then I went high protein. Then I figured running twice a day would solve my body issues. Maybe "not eating at all" was the answer? I was all over the place, unable to make a decision and stick to it. I didn't know what I wanted or why I wanted it.
Crazier thing is, when I took a step back I realized my relationships weren’t all that much different. I was striving for perfection but unclear as to what I really wanted or needed. I was confused, unsure, and focused so much on the negative "what ifs" that I was attracting chaos and surrounded by toxicity. I had a million limiting beliefs and didn't even realize I had them. I was often fearful, thinking of what could go wrong instead of what could go right.
Getting my mindset right was the first step in my healing. Perfection, restriction, and dogmatism are not part of healing in fact they hold us back from success. Many times people associate veganism with dogmatism. Let's not confuse dogmatism with being fully committed to something. I began holding myself accountable every day but not shaming myself when I indulged in things outside my goals. There is a difference. Whole food plant-based diet eating is a way of life. And the science has finally caught up to the healing benefits of such a way of eating.
I finally responsibility for myself and my health, raised my awareness and consciousness and woke up. We are pure potential. If we want good health we have to commit to it. Only then can we truly ignite change.
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I’ve worked with many really cool companies including The Chalkboard Mag, The Honest Company, JambaJuice and Whole Foods Market. My writing and/or recipes have been featured online via Huffington Post, The MotherList, Poppy&Seed, Barre3, Fitness Mag, Prana Clothing, VUORI clothing, and more.
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MY LONG WINDED BIO!
I have been obsessed with coffee, baking, and vegetarianism since I was 13 years old [that's when I decided to stop eating meat]. In high school, I was the head pastry chef at a popular coffee shop near my house. I loved baking so much that I used to invite friends over before school started every morning for homemade lattes and scones.
After suffering from autoimmune disease, I changed my diet and completely erased all of my symptoms. Using my experience in baking I began making my own unique healthy cookies and snacks that were free from eggs, gluten, dyes, preservatives, and dairy.
And there began my vegan, gluten-free, organic snack food company, Kookie Karma, in Santa Monica, CA. I simultaneously studied for my Masters in Holistic Nutrition. I ran that business full time for over 11 years.
Kookie Karma products were featured in Whole Foods Markets, Amazon, and select health food stores nationally and internationally.
Now, I’m a happy single mom of 3 kids, living in Southern California with my tribe and cooking up a storm in my little plant-based kitchen.
I have been cooking for clients, consulting for health food start-ups, journalism, photography, and recipe development for other like-minded cool companies. Last year I finished an intensive course in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University online.