I’ve always loved to be creative. That energy spilled over in the kitchen when my husband and I were newlyweds with no money in our pockets but we still had to eat. Through the years I’ve not only enjoyed creating delicious food but also have become more interested in making delicious food healthy too!

Janice-2125February 15th 2010, it was a Monday. I verbally declared to the world (with no one listening to me) that I was now an herbivore. I knew that I could get the best nutrients from plants and that although eating animal products had some nutritional value it wasn’t the best source of nutrition and I no longer wanted to eat animals, therefore I cut them out of my diet entirely. So with beef tenderloin from the dinner the night before still in my belly I embarked on a whole new way of eating, really a whole new lifestyle.

But what was I going to eat? That first day I consumed a can of vegetarian refried beans and that was it. Very quickly I knew it was going to have to get better than that or my new food adventure would not last. It immediately dawned on me that I had 25 years of cooking experience and that experimenting with food had always felt like playtime. There was no reason why I couldn’t figure out how to make delicious meals without using any animal flesh or dairy. The creative thought processes really revved up and I took on the challenge of using only plants to make delicious food with a nutritious twist. I realized in a whole new way that you really are what you eat. My enthusiasm for my new lifestyle spilled over into my family and among my friends. Many of them became vegan right along with me and they also noticed a significant difference in how they looked and felt.

I enrolled myself in nutrition courses online from the T. Colin Campbell foundation through Cornell University and earned my nutrition certificate. I loved the information I learned. The courses confirmed to me that I was on the right track for maintaining and improving my health. I also found many scriptures that had something to say about what to eat such as Genesis 1:29, Daniel chapter 1, and Doctrine and Covenants 89:12-16 to name just a few. Also, in Genesis 6:3 it implies we could live to be at least an hundred and twenty years! Other scriptures that reference that age are Genesis 23:1, Numbers 33:39,  Deuteronomy 31:2 and Deuteronomy 34: 7. Not many people live that long. If we ate according to the scriptures, could we live as long as the scriptures say? I’ve decided to find out.

By changing my diet I feel energized after a meal, food tastes better, I have a keener sense of smell, I have greater mental clarity, I feel rested after a nights sleep and I’m physically stronger. But most noteworthy, I am never, ever ill, not even with the common cold. It’s like as if I have immunity to contagious diseases. I was never sickly but my overall health has soared to new heights. My outlook on life has changed as well; I have greater love and compassion for others, I’m much better at listening, I have far more compassion for all animals and living things and want to be a better steward over the earth itself. I have a sense of peace in my soul like never before, and want to spread that same peace to everyone I know.

My passion is to create exquisite food bursting with nutritional value. You’ve come to the right place to learn how to nourish your body with a whole foods, plant-based cuisine! The Kitchen Twist is delicious food with a nutritious twist!



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