Hi! I’m Mary Ellen, a functional medicine nutritionist, and a self-proclaimed veggie lover.
VNutrition is a place for me to share tasty, plant-based food and to be an inspiration for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
I love nutrition and eating well, which is a huge turnaround from my younger years when I ate a horrible diet with no vegetables. After college, I dealt with an unhealthy outlook on my body which led to restrictive eating, obsessive calorie counting, and painful digestive problems.
My desire to solve these challenges, along with my love for animals, led to my transition to a plant-based diet, and I have never felt better!
Once I went through the process of healing myself through healthy eating and a better mindset, I realized my passion for helping others and decided to go back to school to get my master’s in nutrition.
I’ve always been an animal lover so I knew going vegan was the right choice for me. Although I hated vegetables previously, today I realize they can taste delicious when prepared well.
Don’t worry if you’re not vegan yourself, I welcome everyone and hope to inspire you to embrace more plants into your diet.
My Food Philosophy
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. – Michael Pollan
I am passionate about food aiding in one’s health.
Some of my favorite foods are avocados, kale, buddha bowls, vegan mac & cheese, and anything with buffalo sauce (a girl’s got to have some fun foods right?). When I do indulge a bit, I make sure I have a big ol’ salad along with the meal.
You might be surprised to learn that I don’t love cooking. Say Whaaat? A blogger (with all these recipes) that doesn’t like cooking?
Well… kind of. I’m not the type of person to spend hours in the kitchen. If someone wanted to cook healthy plant-based meals for me for the rest of my life, I’d take it. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look like that’s happening soon.
What I have realized is that vegan cooking does not have to be difficult. I make easy and healthy plant-based meals to make life easier. I also really enjoy converting non-vegan meals into something I can enjoy (try my Chipotle Queso Dip – you will not be disappointed). You can check out some of my latest projects on my recipe page.
A Litte More About Me
You could probably sum me up as an animal-loving, sparkle-obsessed, nutrition nerd. When I’m not working at my full-time job, getting lost in nutrition and wellness articles, or trying out new recipes for my blog I enjoy running, reading teen fiction, and planning my next vacation.
I also love spending time with family and friends, especially my husband, Matt, and our sweet Shih Tzus – Firenze and Sophie. My husband and I enjoy watching sports together (soccer is our favorite) and I’m obsessed with the Miami Dolphins.
Matt and I try to make time to travel as much as possible. We love immersing ourselves in different cultures while trying to find some fun plant-based food along the way.
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport where I have learned clinical and evidence-based nutrition from a functional medicine perspective.
Once I finish my nutrition internship which I am doing at the Sandy Hook Clinic with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, a leader in Integrative and Functional Medicine, I am planning on obtaining the certification to be a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).
I received my bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and an MLIS degree from Rutgers University.
I am also a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.