My name is Danielle Beaudoin. I am a senior nutrition and dietetics undergrad at Texas Tech University. My interest in nutrition began whilst I was working towards a degree in music. In my second year of college, I made the decision to give up meat as a health experiment. My energy levels shot through the roof and a year later I gave up dairy and eggs, fully committing to a vegan diet.
Although my initial reasoning behind these choices was health-related, I was not prepared to feel such love and respect for animals when I stopped eating them and any product obtained from them. My life has been dramatically altered by this decision and I would make it again if given the chance. When I tell people I am vegan, the first thing they ask is “why?” so I wanted to get that out of the way before explaining the purpose of this blog. The answer: for the animals, for my body/mind/spirit, for the environment, and for you.
That being said, I have suffered my fair share of nutrient and vitamin deficiencies. These mistakes required me to research and educate myself about various problems associated with the vegan diet and ways to remedy them. While aimlessly searching through a deep pool of information, I stumbled upon naturopathic medicine and was hooked. I was enthralled by the idea that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when it has what it needs. I started looking at accredited naturopathic programs to figure out what I needed to do to become a naturopathic doctor and decided to first get a bachelor degree in nutrition. After all, food is medicine and a key component of any preventative health model.
I love learning about nutrition, and the understanding I have gained has allowed me to maintain my vegan diet and has helped me to modify and supplement my food choices to augment my health status. Now, I want to help YOU!
There are so many websites and videos in cyberspace that advocate or oppose a vegan lifestyle and some of these make valid points while others lack sufficient evidence to back up their claims or ideas. Below, I have listed things I currently hope this blog will do for you:
- Provide you with science-based information that you can sort through and compare with your own research
- Help you make educated decisions regarding your diet whether you are already vegan or are curious about the lifestyle
- Include simple alternatives to animal ingredients that function similarly and are nutrient-dense (teach you how to “vegify” anything!)
- Increase your confidence when planning and preparing vegan meals
- Offer understanding and support
*Note: I anticipate that more goals will be added to these because I am still learning as well!
My wish is that you find this blog to be helpful and subservient to your nutrition goals. I emplore you to host an open mind and DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH! Don’t just believe something after seeing or reading it once. Try to find something wrong with information and check your sources for private funding and credible research! We can help each other on this vegan path. Thank you so much for checking out my blog. Let’s Veggit!
Love & Gratitude,