My philosophy on food is simple; eat what’s real and toss what’s not. I believe in eating real whole foods; not “food” made with refined sugars, artificial chemicals, weird additives, and ingredients a 5 year old can’t pronounce. I believe that counting the number of ingredients a food has is far more important than counting its calories and grams of fat. I believe that eating foods, as close to their natural form as possible makes us happier, healthier, brighter, and bolder. But most importantly, I believe that food has the power to heal or harm us, and having the knowledge to distinguish between the two is the most important thing for your health and wellbeing.

Living this whole foods, nutritious way of life is simple. Here are my top tips for getting started and living this lifestyle:

  1. Eat real, whole foods. Plants, baby, are where its at! Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes has been countlessly studied and proven to be best for our bodies. Fuel your body with real foods, preferably purchased locally and organic, which brings me to:

  2. Eat locally and seasonally and get to know the people that grow and raise your food. Purchasing peaches in the summertime from your local farmer not only offers you the best nutrition that peaches can offer, but it also supports small and local farms in your area. If you consume meat, find a local source that treats their animals humanely and raises them in a way most suitable to their needs, ie. their cows actually eat grass as opposed to corn and soy. Wild-Caught, Pasture-raised, organic, grass-fed, etc. are always the best options. See my resources page for more information on where you can find a local farmer’s market or farmer near you.

  3. Get Real & Love Your Food. Food is not a numbers game. Food is not grams of this, calories of that, food fads, chalky weight loss bars, protein shakes at every meal, and restrictive elimination diets. Food should make you happy & it should always make you feel amazing. Food is about sustenance, culture, health, life, love, experiences, memories, tradition, mind, body, wellness, and spirit. Eat whole, beautiful, real foods and share them with those you love, while creating memories and nourishing your mind and body.

With that being said, here is a list of some of my favorite plant-based ingredients to incorporate into your whole foods lifestyle. Click on each photo to learn a bit more about each food and the uses for it in the kitchen. Happy Vegukating!


Grains, Seeds, and Nuts

Herbs and Spices

Oils and Vinegars