A different approach to food

Food should nourish and support the body. It’s not about following a diet - it is a way of learning to crave healthy food, but also feeling satisfaction in indulgence! There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet. Each of us are on our own journey finding the movement, meditation and food that makes us feel best. Being healthy is a fluid lifestyle. It is constantly evolving as you listen to what your body needs.

 

My food philosophy focuses on nutrient-dense and intentional food to lower our environmental impact, while focusing on specific body needs. I’m here to recommend a nourishing diet for someone struggling with digestive issues, looking to improve their skin, or wanting to make more environmentally-responsible food choices. I focus on a plant-based diet to help those who are fully vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or just wanting to incorporate more plants into their lives (and make them taste good!).

Do you eat clean and healthy, but are still experiencing digestive issues or acne?
I can relate.

It is a HUGE bummer to be in your 20s or 30s, doing all the “right things” with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a regimented skin care routine, yet still struggling with pain and bloating after meals, embarrassing breakouts, and low energy. Maybe this sounds familiar? 

 

I had always struggled with problematic skin as a teenager, but a few years after graduating college, while still following a clean whole-foods diet, my acne became worse. I had low energy, was tired of topical products and pills, and I began to experiment with food as my medicine. I already had an interest in adopting a plant-based diet and took the plunge in hopes it would help my skin and overall health. Within weeks of following a plant-based diet, I noticed improvements and was amazed that something in my previous diet had been causing a reaction: what may have been a perfectly healthy and balanced diet for someone else was not the diet for me. 

 

Fast forward a year while on the same plant-based diet: my skin took a turn for the worse, I lost my menstrual cycle, and was exhausted. I began working with a naturopathic doctor who specialized in hormone health. Turns out, my hormones were not the problem: instead, I was diagnosed with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – yes, a gut issue. My body was speaking to me through my skin health, a common symptom of gut dysfunction. I was so concerned about my skin that I didn't even realize how many digestive issues I was dealing with! Several months of a strict diet protocol and herbal supplements led to incredible improvements in my skin and digestive issues. Yet another form of proof: nutrition is powerful!

 

The typical gut-healing diet protocol is far from plant-based. Navigating a plant-based gut-friendly diet is a challenge because many plant-based staples are restricted – beans, lentils, gluten, grains, corn, soy, seeds, even some fruits and vegetables. But! The diet CAN be tailored to focus on plant-based nutrient-dense foods that make us feel good AND improve our health (and taste good, of course!). My SIBO journey has given me the tools to help others navigate a plant-forward protocol, address their gut issues, and feel confident in their skin!

What is Plant-Based?

Plant-based is not necessarily vegan. Or vegetarian. It can be. But it focuses on eating mostly plants. A 100% plant-based diet can work for some people, but it requires supplementation, education and dedication!

You may not know that there are special ways to prepare plant-based foods to increase their nutrient content. Modern day vegan/vegetarian diets have forgotten these traditional preparation methods - I'm here to teach you traditional methods so you can adopt the healthiest plant-based diet!

Why Table to Crave?

Table to Crave comes from a play on “cradle to grave”. Does this make you think of birth and end of life? That is definitely part of it! But "crade to grave'" is also a term used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the life-cycle of a product or service. Everything we eat has gone through a life-cycle - growing, harvesting, processing, shipping, consumption and disposal. Ideally, the food we eat supports our health as we journey through our own life-cycle.

Education & Credentials

Nutrition Therapist Master Candidate - Nutrition Therapy Institute

MS in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering - Arizona State University

BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Barre Instructor – Whole Body Studios

Hey! I’m Daina. I am currently finishing up my certification to become a Nutrition Therapist Master. I’m here to help you take control of your health by addressing your digestive issues for good. Beat the bloat, get glowing skin and learn to love healthy food!

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