Hi, I’m Danielle.
Life-threatening health issues involving numerous surgeries and complications forced me to look for alternative solutions to my growing health problems. Immediately upon switching to a whole foods plant-based diet, the gastric pain I had been experiencing for months disappeared. This was a life changing revelation. Since then I’ve lost an impressive amount of weight, am no longer on any medications, and I no longer have acid reflux. These dramatic results led me down a path of learning and discovery.
Upon completing Cornell’s plant-based certification program, I became certified through Wellness Inventory as a wellness coach.
Recently I was interviewed by Dr. LeAnne Campbell, founder and executive director of the Global Roots Program, a plant-based educational program in the Dominican Republic.
My book, Time For Change: Whole Foods For Whole Health is a comprehensive guide to transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. It explains problems one might encounter along the way, new foods to explore, cooking tips and instructions, and includes plenty of plant-based recipes to get you started. It is also is a great overview of the current science of plant-based nutrition.
My next book, Time For Change: Ethiopian will be available in the spring of 2016. Ethiopia has a vegan component to their culture with a minimum of 180 religious fasting days per year in which no animal products may be consumed. Therefore, Ethiopian food is a natural fit for those following a whole foods plant-based diet. The food is delicious, satisfying and healthy and a fun way to incoporate more vegetables and legumes into one’s diet.
I am continually working on a series of healthy, plant-based cookbooks that will give the plant-based diner a range of recipes that will satisfy the most particular palate. Look for them in the coming months on Veggin’ Out and About! and on www.amazon.com.
Previously, I wrote a monthly book review column for a regional magazine in North Carolina. I serve as Press Liaison for High Country Writers and in my “spare” time I write fiction. I’ve been a professional artist for over 25 years. The images on our web pages are taken from my original work.
My husband, Rich, is a dentist who retired from the Air Force in 2001. He handles all my technical web issues. Throughout my years of near-death experiences, Rich has been my rock and my advocate. I wouldn’t be alive today were it not for him. I can’t imagine a better husband and friend. He makes every day of my life a loving, joyful adventure.
Until recently we enjoyed sharing our life with four animals, whom we collectively refer to as our beloved “Monsters.” Sadly, we lost our dog, Camper, to liver disease we believe he contracted from eating dried chicken strips imported from China. (We purchased them at Sam’s Club). We found him in a campground 14 years ago when he was 5 months old. We named him “Happy Camper” and brought him home to live with us. The hole he has left in our hearts will never be filled.
We are comforted by our remaining Monsters, Phoenix (an 12 year old, 85 lb. cross between a Samoyed and “some big red dog”), Tempest (a 14 year old gray female cat we stole from the pound when she was 5 weeks old), and D’Artagnan (our 10 year old kitty, who sports a mustache and goatee, whom we’ve had since he was 3 months old and is the sweetest little cuddle-bunny in the world). Our Monsters are our family and contribute immeasurably to our happiness.
Monster update! In the spring of 2014 we adopted a 16-month-old, jet black pup (Coal) to our family of beloved Monsters. She had spent her entire life chained to a doghouse. We adopted her through Animal Defense League of Washington Co., who discovered her. Her mother is a Char Pei and her father is unknown. After getting to know her, we have decided her father must have been a Tasmanian Devil! She had some behavior issues to work out in the beginning, but she’s a smart little girl (23.5 lbs) and she quickly invaded our home and our hearts. Now at three years old, she has settled into our family and is happy and healthy. We hope to have her with us a very long time.