Welcome to Beantown Kitchen!
I’m fifty-one years old, the wife of a vegan triathlete (and kind man), mother of three phenomenal daughters, companion to a very sweet dog and absolutely passionate about the joy, health, peace of mind and palate pleasure that comes from Vegan Cuisine. I am so happy you found your way to my site and hope it proves to be a source of meaningful information for you. With warmest wishes…xoxo, Diana
What’s Vegan Cuisine all about?
Vegan cuisine consists of purely plant based foods such as grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and no animal products at all such as chicken, beef, pork, fish, eggs, or dairy. For optimum health and weight maintenance benefits, I prefer to consume minimally processed plant foods. So that would mean foods that come from plants rather than those that are made in plants. These are often referred to as Whole Plant Based Foods. So, Oreos and Fritos may be vegan but they are not Whole Plant Based Foods.
What I’m hoping to share
The benefits of Vegan Cuisine are enormous. On this site, you will find information about the health aspects of a vegan diet. You will also find delicious and easy to prepare recipes with nutritional analysis. This site is a resource for educational information about the connections between the environment, animal rights, world hunger and our food choices. Lastly, I celebrate the vegan resources we have on our doorstep here in Boston and the larger New England area.
My journey to this place
There are so many compelling reasons to consume a vegan diet. The food is healthy, nutritionally adequate, associated with the prevention and treatment of disease and beneficial for weight management. It is also amazingly delicious! The Standard American Diet (SAD) contributes to environmental degradation, world hunger and animal suffering. According to the American Dietetic Association, we do not need to consume animal products to be healthy and obtain optimal nutrition. Once I realized the consumption of the SAD hurts us, the planet, and non-human animals…and that we don’t need to… the next logical step for me was a vegan diet. It’s been one of the most joyful and meaningful decisions I’ve ever made.
My background & education
I received a B.S. from Cornell University in Nutritional Science and a M.Ed from Harvard University in Teaching and Curriculum. I have a certificate in Plant Based-Nutrition from Cornell University. Additionally, I am certified as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator by Main Street Vegan Academy. Finally, I have a Plant-Based Professional Certification from Rouxbe Cooking School. It is an absolute joy for me to share with you my enthusiasm for vegan cuisine, nutrition and education.
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