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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You ASKED: Is Leaky Gut Causing My Inflammation or Immune Issues? (Part Two of Three)

The vast majority of clients in my practice have a chronic inflammatory concern that manifests itself in digestive issues or auto-immune issues, usually with mental wellbeing challenges. I am constantly asked: is leaky gut behind this? Unfortunately, the answer is rarely clear for the individual case. Which we’ll talk more about…but let’s start with what’s […]

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Understanding Leaky Gut…and What Causes It (Part One of Three)

Something I’ve noticed is that there are a surprising number of topics that I have not covered on the blog…even though they are part of my daily work! Leaky gut is one of them. In fact, when I got writing, the post ballooned to the point where I realized I had to break it into […]

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Not Your Mama’s Casserole: Swiss Chard and White Bean Gratin (Vegan)

Oh my god…the first draft of Eat More Plants is DONE!! I can hardly believe it. I’m still in a state of overwhelm because it’s been a full, challenging and inspiring 6 months creating it for you. Now, just 18 months to go until I have it in my hot little hands… But for now, […]

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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.”
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