I’m Danielle, a 20-something newlywed working in healthcare marketing. I discovered my passion for blogging in 2011, before the start of my freshman year of college and I fell in love. However, these days blogging is on the back burner while I focus on my full-time job. I plan community outreach events for our local hospital and it keeps me very busy!
With that said, I do post quite often on Instagram so be sure to follow me there. In my spare time, I enjoy watching TV with my husband (known on my blog as ‘Q’), reading, cooking, playing board games and tending to our garden.
My Food Journey
At the top of my Recipes page, you will see an option where you can search for recipes by diet/allergies such as dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, vegan, etc. but then if you scroll down through my recipes, you will see there are a lot of recipes that are definitely NOT vegan or any of those things.
My food philosophy changed in December 2015 when I read the book Whole by T. Colin Campbell. The hospital I work for was beginning to promote a whole-food, plant-based diet and I wanted to learn more about it. My husband and I listened to the audiobook while on a 12-hour drive home for Christmas. On January 1st, we decided to start our plant-based journey by going dairy-free for a month and see how we felt. After a few weeks went by, I hadn’t had a single headache and we both had more energy. From there we slowly worked our way closer and closer towards a plant-based diet. As of August 2016, my husband and I live a 100% plant-based life.
What is a whole-food, plant-based diet?
A whole-food, plant-based diet (sometimes referred to as WFPB) is a diet rich in whole, unrefined plants like fruits, vegetables, legumes, tubers and whole grains. The diet also minimizes or completely eliminates meat, dairy, eggs, refined sugars and oil.
How did you start?
We dipped our toe into the plant-based pond by eliminating dairy first. After we read Whole and Dr. Campbell’s research on cancer related to casein (a protein found in dairy), we knew that had to be the first thing to go. Then we cut out red meat, then chicken and lastly, fish.
Why don’t you use oil?
To put it simply, oil is pure saturated fat with no nutritional value, no fiber, nothing but empty calories. If you want to learn more, read this article or Dr. Esselstyn’s book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. While I don’t cook with oil at home, we do occasionally go out to eat and sometimes it’s tough to avoid, but we do our best. I do talk to the waiter or waitress or scan the menu for oil-free options like steamed vegetables. We also purchase some packaged items like tortillas that are made with oil because let’s face it, everyone is too busy to make homemade tortillas.
You mentioned not using refined sugars. So what do you use?
We use Medjool dates, sucanat and maple syrup. Occasionally, I will use honey in a recipe for it’s binding power, but not often.
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