Wall Of Fame

This is a wonderful and loving world filled with whole and nutrient rich foods that nourish our bodies toward optimal health, while providing a sustainable healthy environment for the future and our children.

I am on a mission to inspire others toward healthier eating through whole, plant-based, nutrient dense foods. I am also continually inspired by others. There are so many plant-based and vegan pioneers, doctors, scientists, chefs, advocates, coaches and entrepreneurs who do this for me. As I am fortunate enough to meet them, one by one, I am also honored to add them to my Wall of Fame!

Dr. T. Colin Campbell was one of the first doctors and researchers to provide scientifically proven data about the immense health benefits surrounding plant-based eating. He authored the renowned book ‘The China Study’. I was so inspired by his work, I sought to obtain my certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

LeAnne Campbell graciously invited me to attend their first Plant-Based Cooking Summit in October, 2016 in beautiful Lake Lure, NC. LeAnne is also the Founder of Global Roots, with the mission of educating communities how to take back control of their health.

Dr. Brian Asbill has been practicing cardiology for over 16 years. He came to realize that his patients needed more than stents, and surgery…they needed a sure fire way to prevent and reverse their heart disease. Watch this short video where Dr. Asbill shares his ideas.

Dr. Terry Mason isn’t just a urologist; he’s the CMO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems in Chicago. Roger and I were lucky enough to listen to one of his fun and energy-filled talks in the summer of 2014 at the VegFest in suburban Chicago. I met Dr. Mason again at the Food=Medicine conference in November 2015. He tells it like it is and I admire him so much!

Chef Jason Sellers is co-owner of the first ‘fine-dining’, all vegan restaurant in Asheville, NC. He was gracious enough to grant me a sit down interview and I had such a good time with him. He’s thoughtful, innovative and loads of fun! Roger and I have been to his restaurant Plant several times and you can be sure we’ll keep going back!

Lindsay S. Nixon is the Happy Herbivore. Her site was one of the first ones I used to help me navigate through my early plant-based journey. She’s open about her own struggles, and has motivated thousands (called ‘Herbies’) to stay on their healthy path. Lindsay reminds us to strive for “progress, not perfection”.

Carla Hall is a hoot, and I’ve always admired her as a chef and entrepreneur! I was so happy to meet her at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Chicago, Fall 2013.

I met Rip Esselstyn at his second book promotion at Whole Foods in May, 2013. Rip and his family were at the forefront of the plant-based movement with  attainable and irrefutable facts and information with the Engine 2 Diet. His never-ending encouragement for others to adopt this life-changing movement is glorious!

Chef Kirk Fiore leads the catering department at the famous and historical Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC. He and his family were neighbors of ours when we first moved to Asheville. I was fortunate enough to sit in on a cooking demonstration presented by Chef Kirk on the Estate grounds in the summer of 2015. He is so talented, creative and makes cooking look easy! You can read about the cooking demo and what he prepared for us here.

Chef Mark Zedella, known as the “Duke of Fork” is an experienced plant-based chef, and a culinary instructor who also holds several certifications. Chef Mark teaches public and private cooking classes in the Columbus, Ohio area, spreading knowledge and education about the health benefits of eating whole, plant-based foods. His motto is “Cook Well. Eat Well. Be Well.”

Chef Mark suggests in all of his classes the importance of investing in at least one good knife, and keeping it sharp. It makes all the vegetable chopping and dicing easier and fun!

I was so happy to connect with him through the Plant Pure Nation group, and ultimately meet him during his travels to Asheville in the summer of 2016.