1. What Documentaries do you recommend watching to get a basic understanding of vegan/plant based diets?

I recommend starting with the following documentaries, which you can find on Netflix: What the Health, Game Changers, Forks over Knives and Eating You Alive

2. What resources have you referenced for nutritional information?

There are a few respected plant based doctors who’ve conducted studies, written books, lecture and appeared in some of the documentaries mentioned above (Some of them have been lecturing about plant based diets since the 70s!) These are the one’s I highly recommend, as a start:

Dr. John McDougall – Focuses on the benefits of a starch-based whole food plant based diet, which you can find on his website as well as in his book: The Starch Solution.

Dr. Michael Greger – Wealth of information about plant based nutrition, which you can find online and on YouTube.

Dr. Milton Mills – Tons of lectures on nutrition and plant based foods, which you can find on YouTube.

Dr. Brooke Goldner – Autoimmune disease specialist, tons of info. about inflammatory foods and curing autoimmune disease by using food as medicine.

Dr. Garth Davis – Tons of lectures on plant based food on IG & YouTube.


3. What do you eat in a normal day?

For breakfast I have Steel Cut Oats boiled on the stove for 15-20 min., topped with blueberries, bananas and fresh ground flaxseed.

For lunch, typically a salad of some kind, along with oil free air fried potato wedges, jackfruit tacos with rice and beans or basmati rice topped with chili.

For dinner, it’s always a pasta or rice based dish, with a heaping bowl of vegetables.

You can find lots of my quick and easy meal ideas, here on my IG.

4. How do you stay so committed?

For me it’s all about how amazing I feel eating this way! And it doesn’t feel strict or limited because I truly enjoy what I’m eating and I’ve never been so satisfied after each and every meal. 

It also helps to have certain foods on hand in the refrigerator, so no one in my family is ever left with nothing to eat. I meal-prep every Sunday so I always have things like pasta, steamed rice, fresh veggies (asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower & green beans are my faves), steamed veggies I can chop, season and roast in the air fryer like potatoes and carrots, easy things I can heat up quickly like chili or veggie soup, and salad mixes on hand.

5. Where do you find recipes?

I bought a few cook books and followed a few plant based food bloggers online, but honestly after trying so many different recipes that were brand new to my tastebuds that were too complicated and time consuming, I resorted back to my favorites and just made them plant based.

For example, I love spaghetti, so I east pasta at least 4 times per week, but I cook different types of noodles and sauces to switch things up. (Right now I’m in love with angel hair pasta topped with Rao’s brand Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Sauce! Rao’s sauces do contain olive oil, but olive oil isn’t inflammatory so I do enjoy their bottled sauces a couple times per week and have no issues with joint pains afterwards). I find that the simpler I eat, the happier and more satisfied I am!

6. Quick & easy go-to meals?

Other than the oatmeal breakfast and lunch I mentioned above, pastas and vegetable dishes are super quick and easy for me, since I’ve been making them for months now and I know the combinations of pasta, sauce and vegetables I enjoy.

You can find lots of quick and easy meal ideas here, in my plant based food highlight on IG.

7. Do you ever eat out at restaurants? How do you navigate the menu?

I have a handful of local restaurants I love and have been eating at for years. When I went plant based, I communicated my need for no animal products in my food, and for the most part, most restaurants were able to accommodate me through vegetarian dishes that could easily be made without meat or meat based broths. Now that I eat a whole foods plant based diet, I always ask the chef to cook with no oils if possible. If they can’t cook without any, they usually do their best to cook with less oil and I always ask what kind they use, so I can keep track of what oils trigger my joint pains for future reference (there are definitely oils that cause more inflammation than others, which I try to steer clear of completely). If they can’t accommodate my requests, I simply don’t eat there, because to me, feeling amazing every single day far outweighs the feeling of eating a meal that lasts just a few minutes but leaves me in pain the next day.

I eat out about 2-3 times per week, and I typically eat the same foods because I know what I enjoy and what will keep me full and satisfied. I love vegetarian Pho (which is typically vegan, as long as the broth is also vegetable based). I also love Himalayan cuisine, specifically vegetarian chow mein and fried rice loaded with veggies from a local food truck. And I’m lucky to live in an area with tons of amazing vegan Mexican restaurants! Communication and being unafraid to speak up and ask, is really is key when it comes to eating out.

8. What types of foods do you feed your kids?

For the most part, my kids eat the same foods my husband I do: tons of starch based meals like rice, beans, potatoes and pastas, along with non-starchy vegetables, tofu, along with some of the vegan junk foods I used to enjoy, like vegan mac & cheese, soy based ice cream, etc.

There’s a vegan/plant-based alternative for virtually every food, and I made it my mission to find vegan alternatives that tase similar to the originals really early on, which they love and enjoy.

9. Do you workout?

Up until a week ago I was simply making an effort to stretch everyday, but I’ve recently started jogging, which is my favorite form of exercise I haven’t been able to enjoy over the past 13+ years due to knee injuries, back pain, sciatica pain and a lack of stamina. After just a week of jogging I’m already running over a mile almost everyday, and it feels amazing to be able to move my body without aches and pains, thanks to my eating habits.

10. How do you find the time to take care of yourself, being a working mom and wife?

It’s taken a really long time for me to realize that prioritizing myself is important not only for me, but for my family. If I’m not at my best, they aren’t taken care of to the best of my ability. To maximize my time, I meal prep on Sundays and I involve everyone! My kids love to wash vegetables and my husband loves to chop so I typically turn some music on and make it fun. I cook dinner during the week most nights and since I always have pasta and rice prepped ahead, only the veggies are left to steam or sauté, which makes preparing dinner pretty fast! I also do my best to wake up earlier than everyone else so I have time to get a workout in and have some quiet alone time.