About the Site
This site was launched in late 2016, and was a result of the shock and surprise that a plant-based diet could be as delicious as that consumed by an omnivore. Also, I was newly educated about the impact eating animals has on not just our health, but also our planet. And thus, PlantBasedRecipe.com was launched so I could share what I cook, and also what I learn (as much as possible from trustworthy scientific resources). I will link my sources as much as possible, but as far as the science goes, please use this site only as a compliment to your own research and consultation with professionals.
Hi! I'm Jen and this site is dedicated to living a plant-based life by eating whole, unprocessed foods and avoiding animal products. It is important to stress that this site is all about unprocessed foods! It's very easy to have a poor diet whether you're eating "vegan" or not. I believe that eating a variety of whole, unprocessed (organic) foods is key to healthful living.
I am also fascinated by reading ingredient labels, and making my own household products, so you will regularly see articles on why making your own products is beneficial and economical (and how to do so). I am incredibly interested in nutrition, and have taken a year long Tufts University nutrition course, so you will find blog posts detailing the benefits of eating certain foods.
I came to eat this way after a long journey that included weight loss, and family loss. I lost a lot of weight in a rather unhealthy way initially, and found it difficult to understand why my cholesterol and blood sugar numbers were so hard to get under control. Later on, I saw my father rapidly decline from pancreatic cancer that ultimately took his life. This same disease took his father as well, and other cancers have (of course) affected our family. Not wanting to become another statistic, I have turned to preventative measures. And that is how I became interested in transitioning to a plant based diet.
Then, I watched Vegucated documentary, read Dr. Fuhrman's Eat To Live, and quit eating animal products altogether. I have since watched numerous other documentaries that have only solidified this perspective.
I am a fitness instructor (dance fitness formats) and nutrition enthusiast living on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. My background is in art, technology, and software. I have run small businesses in the past that involved technology and also manufacturing small products for my e-commerce websites, and before that worked in the San Francisco Bay Area at software corporations.
I have completed the Developing Healthy Communities program at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. I also attended Dr. John McDougall's Advanced Study Weekend (February 2017).
This site is presently based in Errington, B.C. in Canada. We recently returned to Vancouver Island (our roots) after spending about 13 years in Sunnyvale and San Francisco, California. I cannot wait to learn more about and participate in the plant-based community in British Columbia!