As a pharmacist turned plant-based chef, I believe I have a unique perspective on health. My evolution from prescriptions to plants was health inspired-triggered by an unexpected diagnosis. After multiple less-than-pleasant medical tests I was told, at the age of 23, that I did indeed have multiple sclerosis.
Learning to accept and live with the chronic neurological autoimmune disease flipped my personal and professional life upside down. I had to do some serious soul-searching. Through cleaning up my diet and switching to a plant-based lifestyle, I realized that my love of food extended far beyond my own kitchen. I took an enormous (ginormous!) leap of faith—I left my pharmacy career, studied to become a holistic nutritionist, and moved to New York to train at the Natural Gourmet Institute; New York's leading plant-based culinary school.
Today, almost 10 years since my diagnosis, food and health are my life. I love to share my approach in all things health and food by educating others through workshops, one-on-one counseling sessions, and my plant-based, gluten-free food blog, Rise Shine Cook.
I'm adamant that health starts in the kitchen and that healthy food, like really healthy food, can be delicious and satisfying no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Here I'm sharing my top health hacks. These are small changes that make a huge difference in my life and nuggets of wisdom that I share with my clients and followers.