I’m Carrie and this is my blog about whole food, plant-based living. I have a masters degree in public health (MPH) in nutrition and I am super passionate about using food to optimize health. I started blogging in 2009 and re-launched my website as Carrie on Vegan in early 2011 to reflect my change to a healthy, vegan lifestyle. My cooking philosophy is to use whole food ingredients with a minimal amount of oil, salt, or added sugars. My hope is to inspire you to make compassionate, health-promoting meals that are 100% delicious.

My background:

I love to write and I have an undergraduate degree in English and graduate degrees in business and public health nutrition. My professional background is in nonprofit fundraising for hospitals and retail product development.

My personal life:

I live in California with my husband, Alan, and our two cats. We love to travel, but spend most of our time on the Central Coast and in the Southern California desert. My favorite times are spent in the kitchen working with fresh, healthy ingredients, working on my photography skills, and sharing the results here. I also love to hike, do yoga, go to farmers’ markets, and spend time with friends.

My journey:

I did not grow up learning how to cook or understanding the connection at all between food and health. In 2004, I was inspired by the movie Super Size Me to think about how I was fueling my body. In 2010, Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet educated me about factory farming and the plight of animals. Shortly after reading that book, I became vegan out of concern for animal welfare.

Shortly after that, I was referred to the book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. to help me resolve many health conditions that plagued me for years including migraines, anxiety, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. My resulting thoughts on nutrition are influenced by Dr. Fuhrman, plus many other plant-based advocates (click here for my list of resources).

My “before” picture from 2004:

Carrie before

My “after” picture, taken in September of 2013:

Carrie of Carrie on Vegan in September 2013

Connect with me!

I thrive on input from readers and fellow bloggers. I read each and every comment and appreciate your interest and support. Feel free to reach me by e-mail, but please understand that I cannot offer specific dietary or health advice. My e-mail address is carrieonvegan@gmailDOT.com.

Disclaimer: The information on this blog is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise program.

Copyright notice: All images and content are owned by Carrie on Vegan, unless otherwise stated. Please e-mail me at carrieonvegan @ gmail.com (one word) to request permission to use my content.