Ottawa based Vegan Lifestyle Specialist & Food Creative

I guess the first thing to know about me is that one of the things I love most is to empower others to jump into the world of vegan living with a smile on their face, joy in their heart and a full and happy belly.
I have been enjoying a vegan lifestyle for the past 18 years and along the way I have learned so much about how to shop, how to make delicious and nourishing meals, how to socialize and happily attend non-vegan functions, how to travel in a world where veganism is still catching on and how to tap into the joy I feel when I stop and realize that my daily choices are having no negative impact on animals, a reduced impact on the earth and a dramatically positive impact on my body. I am excited to have a place to share all of this experience with you so you feel empowered for your own journey into clean plant-based living.
I grew up eating anything and everything, burgers, chicken wings, pizza and I had a real love for fatty foods. I also loved animals and the two loves collided in an instant in the year 2000 when I watched an innocent enough looking film that ended up giving me with my first glimpse into the life of an egg-laying hen in a factory farm. In a heart-beat I went from enjoying chicken parmesan to declaring myself vegetarian and only a month later after letting in as much information as I could stomach about where my “food” came from I started my vegan life.
I was pretty lost, pretty hungry and felt pretty confused about what lentils, tofu and tempeh were but slowly over time I started to find my way. I taught myself how to cook – I mean really cook with real whole plant-based food and began to really enjoy the flavours and textures of my new lifestyle. I began adapting recipes so they were healthier and more nutrient dense and then I found I was writing my own recipes and creating new dishes that everyone around me was raving about.
At the time I was a Homicide Detective with the Ontario Provincial Police and feeling pretty burnt out. I decided to trade in my gun and badge to follow my heart which led me on a twisty road full of incredible jobs and experiences that eventually brought me to the point where I decided I wanted to know everything I could about food and how it impacted my body. I went back to school and became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. With my newfound knowledge and my keen desire to share how delicious and easy a vegan lifestyle was I decided to start a Vegan Coaching business.
The years have flown by – filled with cooking classes, group coaching programs, corporate workshops, one on one consultations, and key note addresses and every second of it has been a true joy. You see I have the best job in the world. I help people like you find your way toward a congruent, compassionate and energizing lifestyle with the bonus of hearing about how much you LOVE the food.
So now when I am not working with amazing human beings I am creating new things in the kitchen to share with you or out hiking with the dogs on the beautiful trails of the Ottawa Region. 
Eat from Love and Love what you Eat,
xo Deb
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Kind Words from Clients

“I’ve just downloaded it and it looks amazing – a professional, easy to read document. I’m feeling truly excited and empowered by making quality nutrition decisions and more than that: a knowing I’m making a difference”.
“I LOVE IT!!! It’s so easy! I’m actually excited to buy groceries this week!!!!”.
“We love your program ( thank you X 1000,0000,000) and are enjoying the yummy plant food”.
“Thank you Deb for the daily emails, book recommendations, cooking lessons and videos – for an information junkie like me this course was just perfect!”
“I am a 72 year old retired Elementary School Office Administrator who has tried many different ways of eating. After the 30-day challenge, I feel amazing and full of energy”.
“Your passion for this is truly contagious – and approachable.”.
“It’s been a week since our 30 day challenge ended and I am still following your vegan plan!  I just wanted to say thanks again for guiding me on this whole new way of eating / cooking / thinking.   You made it easy and I really appreciated your enthusiasm and non judgement”.
“I feel very proud! Since I started this program, I feel alot better! I have more energy – I go to the bed one hour later than I usually do. I am more patient (with myself and my daughter (teenager :)), my spouse and I feel very peaceful”.
“Deb, I love your energy and combine with timing and curiosity of a vegan diet make me signed up. Your videos are great and I could feel your energy and passion on them”.
“Imagine a diet-change program that is healthy, satisfying, liberating and energizing all at once! Deb immediately sets you free from calorie-counting, and instead promotes eating when/how much you want, and feeling great about it! The support, guidance, and positivity that Deb offers in helping discover the health benefits of a plant-based, whole-foods lifestyle is priceless when you consider the both immediate and lifelong impact it has on your health! Deb made the transition easy & exciting – I’ve gone vegan and feel too amazing to ever consider going back”!
“As a person that suffers from hypoglycemia, a whole food plant based diet has changed my life. Deb offers an amazing program that is easy to understand and to follow. She is there every step of the way. I managed to stabilize my sugar spikes and no longer feel nauseated when I start to feel hungry. I am not as hungry and the whole food sustains me for a much longer period of time. This diet has tremendously helped me on my daily runs giving me much more energy and my recovery process is so much quicker. Excellent for people that suffer from Diabetes”.
“So my vegan nutrition is doing well, I feel great and I sleep really well.  I am very happy with how things are going and I thank you very much for your guidance.  I use lots of your recipes”.
“Thanks so much for the entire experience Deb – post 30 days and I eat meat and actually dislike it. As I’m starting my p90x I’m also eliminating meat yet again. I simply do not like it – nor feel that my body does either. You’ve changed my life Deb – more so than I could ask for. Thank you!”
“Just to let you know, I have been transitioning from vegetarian to vegan since we last met using some of the foods and strategies we discussed, and have simultaneously been feeling great and putting in mountain bike marathon race times better than last year’s”.
“Being in the fitness industry I have come across a lot of similar nutrition programs. I’ve seen a lot of situations where much is promised up front but the follow through was weak and the value for the package price did not match the program that you actually received. What I was pleased to discover with Deb’s programwas that it was professional run right from the start date. Deb layed out exactly what you were going to receive and followed through with what was promised. Each week she gave you something new to discover at a pace that allowed you time to implement it and feel successful. As well, if someone in the group needed extra support she was there immediately to offer her expertise. There were no two day delay’s between e-mails”.
“The 30-day vegan coaching program exceeded my expectations, but it shouldn’t have: I’ve known Deb for years and she always gives 100% to everything she’s involved with.The course was fun, the transition surprisingly easy”.
“Many thanks!! I am thoroughly enjoying the changing since beginning the program … the program and your dedication and passions shines through and creates a wonderful experience!!”
“I couldn’t have done it without you. You made the transition fun and gave out little gems one at a time as not to overwhelm me with to much info at once. The very first few days, my mind found it’s clarity back and I was amazed at the amount of energy I got so quickly. I’m loving those “Smoothies”. I found the whole Tune-Up experience jam packed with all the tools necessary to move into a Whole Foods Diet with all the necessary knowledge. I especially felt that you were always there to answer any of our questions. Loved the cooking lessons. I would highly recommend you to any of my friends or colleges. You get a 5 Star Rating! Bravo!”
“I have all the tools I need thanks to your amazing program. I’m so grateful for everything that you’ve provided – you are a wealth of knowledge and information, as well as positive energy, enthusiasm and compassion. It feels good to know there’s people like you at there looking out for people AND animals. It’s been a wonderful learning experience for me, and I’ve made significant changes as a result”.
“Deb’s 30 Day Program was the best $ I’ve spent this year. She helped me to move fearlessly from vegetarianism to vegan, something I had tried to do on my own a few times and not succeeded. The “community” support was great as well as we were able to discuss success stories/roadblocks/ etc online and feel not so alone in our transitions. My family is eating whatever I make and we’ve all seen HUGE changes (for the better) in our health and wellness. My husband has lost over 35 lbs and has never felt better. I would highly recommend any of Deb’s services and/or workshops. She truly has a passion for what she’s doing and it shows”.
“First batch of vegan black bean and date brownies in the oven!! Deb, what have you done to me!! I am actually cooking……feels good! Thank you!! :learning clean eating is proving to be very fun”!
"Just wanted to check in and tell you how much I’m enjoying all this delicious food!  I’m training right now for the National Capital marathon in May, and even with all the running, I have lots of energy.  The 30-day planner really helps – I tried the chick pea/sweet potato stew and the quinoa with almond butter over the weekend, and they were delicious.  My daughter tried the almond butter and was instantly hooked”!
“Thanks Deb.  And I’m sure we are all grateful to have had you in our lives. I, for one, want to thank you for the encouragement, the answers, the videos and emails and all the support you have given us over the past month and I’m sure will continue to give should we need you. The best money I’ve ever spent because I feel so well”.