“What we eat often reflects how we feel physically and how we feel about ourselves mentally. I can’t be my best self if I’m constantly feeding my body food that doesn’t fuel me.”— Desiree Daniels
Here at GreenChoice, we’re on a mission to empower people to create a healthy, just, and sustainable world through their daily food choices. Improving our food system and the health of our country depends on the action of many people. With all that is going on in the world, we understand how important it is to spotlight people who are living healthy and sustainable lives and inspiring others to do the same.
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We are excited to introduce you to one of our inspiring Health and Sustainability Role Models, Desiree Daniels — a vegan foodie & recipe developer who’s passionate about inspiring women of color on their plant-based food journey on her Instagram @icanyoucanvegan and website icanyoucanvegan.com.
The opinions expressed in this interview are Desiree’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of GreenChoice.
Why is living a healthy lifestyle important to you?
Healthy eating is important to me because I realize that health is wealth! What we eat often reflects how we feel physically and how we feel about ourselves mentally. I can’t be my best self if I’m constantly feeding my body food that doesn’t fuel me.
What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?
For me, it’s about making food choices that are not only good for me, but for our environment.
What is the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle?
Pressure from mainstream media to overindulge and the constant reminders of the SAD (standard American diet). Going vegan for me meant unlearning a lot of things that I thought to be true my entire life. This was challenging!
What are you looking for when you go grocery shopping?
My usual fresh produce and shelf-stable items for sure, but I LOVE vegan ice cream so I always check the frozen treats aisle to see if there are any new flavors out! 😁
Have you used GreenChoice to implement your healthy lifestyle? What do you think of the app?
Not yet, but looking forward to doing so in the future!
What piece of advice would you share with someone who’s interested in living a healthy lifestyle?
Change doesn’t happen overnight. If you want to switch to a healthier lifestyle it’s important to take it one step at a time. For you this might mean approaching breakfast differently. Then as you feel more comfortable, creating healthier options for lunch and then eventually dinner. In addition, I always encourage people to know what they’re eating. You’ll find out a lot by reading labels!
You can follow Desiree on Instagram @icanyoucanvegan and website icanyoucanvegan.com.
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