Are you trying to incorporate more plants into your diet but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you’ve already transitioned to a mostly plant-based diet but feel that something is missing. Or maybe you’re feeling really good after switching to all plant-based eating because you lost weight and have more energy, but just want to make sure you’re on the right track and not missing any essential nutrients.
Wherever you are on your journey, I'd love to work with you! My passion is helping people enjoy more plant-based foods for a healthy body and happy mind.
Each meal plan is customized to each individual based on food preferences and lifestyles. There is not one cookie-cutter meal plan for everyone. Getting to know you, your family, your daily routine and your goals will help us define, together, what optimal health looks and feels like for YOU.
Plants have the power to heal hundreds of ailments, most of which stem from inflammation caused by inflammatory foods. Plant-based eating has been clinically shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, reverse diabetes, lower blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of autoimmune diseases and improve cognitive health. It’s also been shown to help people lose weight, gain energy and be happy! If you have diabetes you may see a vast improvement in blood sugar. If you have high blood pressure you may be able to lower your blood pressure and possibly lower or even go off your medication. If you experience symptoms of autoimmune disease you may minimize symptoms with plant-based eating. The benefits are pretty much endless.
I would love to learn more about your goals and work together to find the best solutions to help you live fully and vibrantly. You’ll notice more energy, better relationships, improved concentration, brighter skin, a positive outlook and so so much more.
Can’t wait to meet you! Thank you for stopping by the purely planted website. Kindly, nichole
Here's a bit more about me and my background (including some favorite things outside of nutrition):
I’ve been a dietitian for 27 years and have specialized in women’s health, diabetes, heart health, and sports nutrition.
I went vegan for animals and the planet 9 years ago after learning about factory farms. (It was hard to ditch dairy! But one video did it for me.) I focus on plant-based eating for health and the environment. Learn more about vegan vs plant-based here.
When I first started cooking plant-based meals my husband said “ if they keep tasting like this I won’t last a week” (they don’t teach you how to cook plant-based in dietetics school!). So I bought some plant-based recipe books and started practicing. Fast forward several years later, we both now enjoy cooking plant-based and are always learning something new in the kitchen! I recently obtained a plant-based culinary certification from the culinary school, Rouxbe, to enhance my plant-based kitchen skills.
Our go-to meal, when there’s zero time, is refried black bean tacos with spinach or broccoli, avocado, onion, tomato, and whole-grain tortilla or chickpea pasta with lots of broccoli and sauce!
My favorite animals are penguins, sloths, and owls.
I’m a South Jersey/Philly girl at heart (they’re almost the same!) but have lived in LA and ATL (3 different times!). Atlanta is now home with my 2 BFFs, Ricky and Mariposa (rescue pup, forever street dog, hot mess, etc etc).
Two foods that you will always see in my grocery cart are kale and dark chocolate.
Weird things that make me extra happy: 60’s and 70’s music and fashion, animé, hot and humid Atlanta summers (free facial!), any kind of dance, especially flamenco.
As a Registered Dietitian, Nichole has specialized in women's health, sports nutrition, diabetes, and heart disease. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rutgers University. She's a certified yoga instructor and has taught Ashtanga, Power and Yin Yoga in Philadelphia and Atlanta, where she currently resides. She recently completed plant-based culinary school with internationally-recognized, Rouxbe.
She also loves dark chocolate so much that she ran her own chocolate company, nicobella organics, for ten years. Her chocolates were featured in Veg News, Organic Spa, Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and had a special debut on Rachael Ray as "Snack of the Day." Yoga Journal featured her as a yogi nutritionist focusing on the ethical side of chocolate through her chocolate company, nicobella, and its Fair Trade chocolate treats.
For the past 11 years, her focus has been on helping people eat more plant-based foods for optimal health. Her book, "The Fiber Effect: Stop Counting Calories and Start Counting Fiber," with Hatherleigh Press is now available, and will be followed by a second book, "The Vegan Athlete" scheduled to launch in 2022.
She's been regularly featured on The Weather Channel and NBC-affiliate, Atlanta & Company.
She's written articles for Mind Body Green, One Green Planet, and The Path Mag, and has been quoted with her expert nutrition advice in Self Magazine, The Healthy, Cheap Flights, Vitacost, and Thrive Global.
Her passion is to continue educating people about the benefits of plant-based eating for their health, the environment, and animal welfare through digital and broadcast media, her blog, food tours, and online webinars that are available to people worldwide.