In 2002, Emily discovered a low-fat, whole foods plant-based diet and along with it, a whole new world of fresh flavor and vibrant health. Within a year, she had lost 40 pounds, going from a size 12 to a size 4. She combined her lifelong love of gourmet cooking with her newfound passion for health, nutrition and a vegan diet and lifestyle and turned it into a career by becoming the Supervisor of Salud!, Cooking & Lifestyle School at Whole Foods Market Sacramento in 2004. She ran the school, teaching many plant-based cooking classes until choosing to be a stay-at-home mom in 2007.
Emily has written for VegNews Magazine and Veggie Life Magazine and been interviewed for and had recipes featured in Sacramento Magazine. Emily has taught at Dr. John and Mary McDougall’s Health and Medical Center, including twice at their Celebrity Chef Weekends. She has been a presenter at the San Francisco VegFest, the Sacramento VegFest, Farm Sanctuary, Williams-Sonoma and more. Emily teaches popular monthly classes at both Whole Foods Market Sacramento and at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.
In the Spring of 2010, Emily began teaching Food for Life classes for the prevention and treatment of cancer for The Cancer Project www.cancerproject.org The Cancer Project is a program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine www.pcrm.org. PCRM promotes preventive medicine, particularly good nutrition. PCRM also conducts clinical research and promotes higher standards in research.
From 2013-2014, Emily was an Instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies www.nutritionstudies.org, facilitating the course in Plant-Based Nutrition offered online through eCornell. In 2015, Emily joined the team at Truth or Drought www.truthordrought.com as the Director of the Save Water, Eat Plants! Campaign. Truth or Drought is a non-profit organization making the connection between animal based diets and the devastating water shortage in California and around the world. Emily holds a B.A. in Religion from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio and lives in Sacramento, California with her family.
Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” – Adelle Davis
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead