About Me

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Hi I’m Mary Ellen, a plant-based master’s student studying Human Nutrition. My motto, “Eat Kind, Be Healthy” reflects values that I hold closest to my heart. It’s important to me to show kindness & compassion to all living beings and to be healthy while doing so.

I love talking about nutrition, 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 believe in personalized care and found a school that embodies this in the University of Bridgeport. If you’d like to know more about my decision to pursue my degree, classes I’ve been taking, and my plans when I graduate, check out my Nutrition Degree & Future Plans post.

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. And while I’ve never been one to spend hours in the kitchen, I now have an understanding of how much healthier it is to put in some time to make home-cooked meals.

Some of my favorite foods are avocados, veggie sushi, red wine, vegan mac & cheese, and dark chocolate. I enjoy experimenting with new plant-based recipes and converting non-vegan meals into something I can enjoy. You can check out some of my latest projects on my recipe page!

 

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You could probably sum me up as an animal-loving, sparkle-obsessed, nutrition nerd. When I’m not working at my full-time job, doing school work, or trying out new recipes for my blog, I enjoy running, reading teen fiction, watching reality television (The Bachelor anyone?), 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 also 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 vegan food along the way.

Didn’t get enough of me yet lol? Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or get to know more about me through some of my favorite posts and find out more about my VNutrition site here!

Education

I’m obtaining my Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. I am learning clinical and evidence-based nutrition from a functional medicine perspective. As a nutritionist, my focus will be on a client’s whole body wellness and I will approach nutrition from a whole foods perspective. 

I received my bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and my MLIS degree from Rutgers University. Once I graduate with my MS from the University of Bridgeport and finish my nutrition internship, I am planning on obtaining the certification to be a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). I am also a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

 

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Mary Ellen – I’m Jenny Ellen… another fellow vegan and animal lover. Quick question for you – what protein powder do you use? I noticed you use it in a few of your recipes. We currently have Garden of Life Sport to help support our work outs. I also tried Orgain which I thought was ok. Neither are great for cooking but you can hide them in smoothies or with some Chocolate Coconut Milk (YUM)! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful recipes. I made the 10 minute risotto tonight with Forbidden Black Rice (since that is what I had made) and I added a ton of kale at the end. I also was out of hummus so I added Garlic Yumm sauce. It was SO delicious!! I can send you a photo if you’d like.

    1. Hi Jenny Ellen! So glad you found my site. 🙂
      For protein powder, I use Vega One usually. I have also tried Plant Fusion and liked that as well. It’s all about what your taste buds are into though. I’ve tried so many but Vega is usually my go-to for smoothies and protein balls. What I usually do (at least when making smoothies) is to mix Vega One with a basic non-flavored hemp or pea protein and then add any other supplements in there as well like spirulina, maca, cacao, etc. Vegan One can be expensive and the hemp or pea is usually much cheaper so it saves me money that way. I keep it in a big jar on my counter for easy access to make my smoothies in the morning or after a workout.
      I’d love to see your picture! You can send it to me at vnutritionist at gmail.com. Would you mind if I shared it on FB or Instagram?
      Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

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