I’m certified in plant-based nutrition, working on my Master’s in Clinical Nutrition,graduating In 2015. Health coach. Personal chef. Plant-based athlete. Raw dessert chef. Currently employed as a Regional Educator for Vega and as a Sports Nutrition Instructor for Matthew Kenney and Brendan Brazier. http://matthewkenneycuisine.com/portfolio/sports-nutrition-with-brendan-...
I specialize in sports nutrition, weight management, and natural stress management. My preferred way of eating is food-combining with an emphasis on eating for athletes and being gluten free. To sign up for the Sport Nutrition course I instruct go here: http://matthewkenneycuisine.com/portfolio/sports-nutrition-with-brendan-...
Areas of Expertise: Cleansing, Gluten Free, Mood Stabilization, Nutrition, Raw Food, Toning, Weight Loss
Services: Consulting, Meal Planning, Personal Training, Coaching
Credentials: Plant-based Nutrition, eCornell
Availability: In person, Online, Phone
I had been vegetarian for a number of years and once I opened my eyes and heart to what was really happening in the dairy and egg industries there was no hesitation. All of the excuses faded away when a close friend was raising her son vegan in a small town in PA. If she could do it with a small child, on a budget with no access to “special foods” or vegan restaurants I was convinced anyone could do it.
At first it was a little intimidating. I didn’t know anyone else that was vegan and I wasn’t sure what to do. This was about 10 years ago, so there were far less resources, fewer products, no ap’s or Instagram to turn to. I thought that I was going to have to “give up” my favorite foods, however with minimal research I found endless alternatives to everything I was used to eating. Now there are so many blogs, websites, products, starter kits and gurus I’m sure the transition would be seamless.
I worked for an animal rights organization for about 7 years. In that time I did all kinds of demonstrations and protests. However there are so many other ways to stand up for animals. The bulk of my position at that time was going on tour with different bands and on Warped Tour and talking to young people about animal rights and what they can do to make a difference. I’ve also spoke on panels, hosted animal rights seminars, and trained others on how to answer tough questions and more. When I lived in Virginia during the winter I volunteered every weekend with PETA’s Community Animal Project helping animals that were chained outside in freezing weather. We offered them straw to keep warm, food and water, flea and tick medications, toys, treats and sometimes even dog houses for these neglected animals. Some of these animals hadn’t been fed in days, had no shelter and were chained to muddy, fecal filled areas with nowhere to go. Some animals were even dead and their “care” takers had no idea because they hadn’t checked on them in over a week. Helping them in any way we could and witnessing their instant gratitude for nourishment and attention was heartwarming. Perhaps the easiest way to help animals is to not eat or wear them. I don’t expect everyone to have the kind of personality to participate in demonstrations, but you can “speak up” with your dollar and only support cruelty free companies and choose vegan meals, even at mainstream restaurants.
If I could give advice to someone who is considering becoming vegan I would say - just try it. I wish there was something more profound to say about it, however it’s a really easy concept. There is no reason not to try it and endless reasons why it’s a great idea. Improve your health, decrease your carbon food print, save some lives and try some amazing new foods in the process.