W E L C O M E,
The idea of a plant-based, gluten free lifestyle can be intimidating for a lot of people. The automatic response is “What do you eat?” “How do you live?” “Where do you get your protein?” Starting this journey I had the same questions. I did not adopt this lifestyle by choice. At an early age I knew that meat was not for me; it left me feeling uncomfortable and just all around unwell. Upon moving to the states for university I found out that I was extremely intolerant to gluten and allergic to dairy. Coming from an Italian family - this was a huge shock. No pasta? No cheese? What? Lost & confused, I quickly turned into a very unhealthy vegan.
For a while I remember all I ate was rice, grilled onions and peppers. I could have been on Survivor. By the end of the semester when it was time to go home for the summer, I had lost almost 30 pounds (that I did not need to lose at all), my friends and family grew very concerned and I became very depressed. My anxiety got so bad I had a hard time leaving the house.
Completely lost & wandering around chapters, I randomly bought a book, Skinny Bitch. Their straight forward, kick-you-in-the-ass approach was exactly what I needed to get my mind in check. Soon after I turned to my neighbour at the time who happened to be a nutritionist and was put on the right path. By the end of the summer I was back to (my new) “normal” which was a fully functioning gluten-free vegan who now laughed when people asked, “what the heck do you eat!”
This short but pivotal time inspired my whole adult life. I am now a nutritionist and a business owner. I own a brick & mortar location, SimplyWell, that is essentially a vegan cafe/juice bar/holistic centre in one. Through my time working at SW, I have learned that many people are struggling with the similar journeys as I did. There is a unhealthy epidemic going on and most people don’t know where to turn.
I was re-inspired to bring my o b s e s s i o n with plant based nutrition to you at home through SimplyWell Living. SWL embraces the lifestyle of the eco-friendly gf veg loving people (or those who are just curious or confused!). Stay tuned for recipes, tips & tricks, lifestyle ideas, shop home furnishings & more!
Thanks for dropping by.Love,