Hi! I’m Dawn – a self-taught chef, Holistic Living Educator, health food nut, yoga lover and camping aficionado.
The reason I’m on this planet is to help you live your healthiest life and to leave this world a little better than we found it.
My mission is to promote wellbeing in mind, body and spirit through plant based eating and healthy living.
You will easily and deliciously be incorporating more whole foods into your diet in no time.
Where it all began…
It all started with my Nana’s passion for nutrition. She studied under Michio Kushi – a pioneer in macrobiotic diet and passed her knowledge on to her family through the foods she cooked. She herself was a pioneer in her time and was even interviewed by Harvard Medical on her techniques for treating my grandfather’s Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through diet. Some of my earliest memories are of trips to the Bread and Circus natural food store with her and the taste of her fresh carrot juice made from carrots pulled straight from her garden in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.
After graduating from FSU in 1999 I developed an interest in cooking at home in order to lose weight. Later in October of 2009 I discovered the world of food blogging and decided to start my own blog to keep track of recipes. Florida Coastal Cooking evolved in August of 2011 to a plant based blog when I read the book the China Study and watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. These resources helped me change my diet, lose ten pounds and be more comfortable with myself on many levels – mind, body and spirit. No more tracking points, no more being hungry, no more guilt over eating animals and loving every bite.
August of 2013 I left my 13 year job in Corporate America behind to follow my passion in food and nutrition. [Here is the story of how I did it.]
In October of 2013 I achieved my goal of obtaining my Certification in Plant Based Nutrition from the T Collin Campbell Institute and Cornell University and am expanding my relationship with Native Sun Natural Food Market.
Why Florida Coastal Cooking?
Food: I offer full color photos of each recipe, nutrition info and an easy printable format. My focus is quick, simple and fresh, with the occasional, more advanced recipe thrown in for those special occasions.
Help with Lifestyle Diets & Food Allergies: Tips on going gluten free, dairy free, vegan and more.
Classes and education on how to be healthy in body, mind and spirit- I will be your cheerleader as you get started with plant based, organic & gluten free foods, help you detox your body and/or help you to follow your dreams – just like I am.
Email me at Dawn (at) floridacoastalcooking.com for pricing or media kit.
Fitness is another of my passions. I particularly love Bhakti flow yoga and have been actively practicing for over fifteen years – I attend at least two 90 minute classes per week. In addition, I love stand-up paddle boarding, do a variety of core training classes, circuit training and a mixture of free weights and balance.
Use of photos: If you would like to use one of my photos, please ask first.
Use of recipes: To use one of my recipes, if there are no changes made, please simply link back to my recipe directly instead of re-printing. If changes are made, please link to my original.
Please feel free to contact me with questions. I’d love to hear from you!
Page last updated 12-16-2014