Hi, I’m Caroline! A french registered dietitian living in Vernon, British-Columbia. Here, I share the wholesome vegetarian recipes that I enjoy on a daily basis. All the treats you’ll find here are sweetened with fruits and filled with nutritious ingredients. In addition to being plant-based, many of my recipes can be made gluten-free and allergy-friendly. I include ingredient substitutions when possible to help you choose the best recipes for your needs.
I also love to share our adventures in beautiful British Columbia or around the world!
Finally, you can also find me over at Nourished by Caroline, where I offer nutrition counselling!
When I was a teenager, I struggled with what felt like uncontrollable sugar cravings and binge eating. Almost every day after school, I’d go to my room and secretly eat anything with sugar until I felt sick. This included anything from breakfast cereal to granola bars to chocolate. Sometimes all in one night. I went to the gym every morning, hoping to undo what I’d done the night before, just to find myself bingeing again that same night.
I had periods where I felt better, to the point where I didn’t binge for almost 2 years when I first started university. But it came back, almost as bad as it was in high school. I felt like food controlled me and I wasn’t comfortable in my own body.
Eventually, I went for help. That’s when I decided to stop eating added sugar (not carbs, just added sugar). It’s not something I would EVER recommend to anyone, but for me, it helped. Having sugar in moderation didn’t work for me at that time. It was either living without sugar or living for sugar.
More than 5 years later and I’m feeling better than ever. Over the years, I worked on my relationship with food. I no longer obsess over my weight or the calories I consume. Instead, I focus on the way my body feels when I eat. I also exercise because I learned to love it, not because I’m punishing myself.
I don’t follow a restrictive diet. I simply avoid large amounts of added sugar. This means I’ll still have small amounts of added sugar in foods such as sauces or nut butters. I cook most of my food from scratch (because I love it) and I use fruits to sweeten my homemade treats. I don’t exactly bring sweets in my house because I know myself well enough. However, I don’t stop myself from having a bite of a cupcake I’m baking for my own wedding or a delicious treat that Shaun might be enjoying when we’re travelling.
I absolutely don’t feel deprived eating the way I do and for the first time in many years, I can truly say that I have a good relationship with food.
What do I Eat?
I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Although I do eat fish, eggs and dairy occasionally, most of my meals are vegan or vegetarian. I also enjoy fruit-sweetened treats, popcorn, chips and more. I don’t believe in restrictive diets or labels. I believe in a balanced lifestyle that works for you.
That’s what I want to share with you. I want to inspire you to live a life that feels good to you. I want to inspire you to work on your relationship with food, without trying to eat “perfectly”. Most of all, I want to share nutritious recipes that will make you fall in love with food and cooking, all over again.