Welcome to the home of anti-inflammatory, plant-centred awesomeness.

My name is Desiree, and I am a registered dietitian, author and ambassador for the good (for you) life. I am the host of The Urban Vegetarian, a new vegetarian cooking show on Gusto TV.

I spend WAY too much time thinking about my next meal. I love rocking out in the kitchen and digging in my little garden. I travel for the purpose of eating. My pet peeves include shoddy nutrition information and chia seeds in my teeth – it’s an occupational hazard. I hoard cookbooks but rarely cook from a recipe. And it took me 5 years to get my kid to like kale (persistence is my middle name).

Eating well isn’t just about nutrients…the foods we choose to eat can either break our bodies down over time or nourish our cells and restore our health and vitality. I take an integrative approach to nutrition and I can show you the power of plant foods to transform and re-energize your mind and body.

I believe in real food for real life: healthy eating should be delicious, simple and fun. No deprivation, no guilt, no garbage. Join me and discover what it means to be truly nourished.

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All for Love: The February 2018 Playlist

This month I am at full tilt. And music is saving me. You see, while my office is quite sequestered from the rest of the house, my kitchen – where I am finishing up recipe testing for Eat More Plants – is right in the thick of it. So the way I keep my focus […]

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Eggplant and Chickpea Curry from Amelia Freer

I have a delicious little treat for you this week. While I am busy finishing up the recipes for Eat More Plants, I have a recipe from Amelia Freer, a woman whose work I greatly admire. She is a nutritional therapist based in the UK and the author of three books, including her latest The […]

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How to Set Meaningful yet Gentle Wellness Intentions for the Rest of The Year

It’s the final day of January…and the last week of the #2018elevate challenge! I have felt really honoured to be your partner in creating meaningful and positive nutrition change. It is my sincere hope that you are ending the month feeling more energized and motivated to keep going. If the Elevate approach has inspired your […]

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“Desiree was an amazing partner. Her extensive scientific knowledge helped me understand how exactly my gut functions and how it can be repaired.”
IBS Client