"All big things come from small beginnings" - James Clear
My name is Stephanie Dominguez. I grew up in Switzerland and lived in the UK ever since going to university in 2006. A few years ago I transitioned from a career in the entertainment industry to focus my passion on health and wellbeing, fitness and nutrition
I created Nurtured Plate in the hopes to be able to be of service to others who need a helping hand to reach the best version of themselves. Gaining knowledge from my journey, experiences and the skills I learnt I want to use these to create a platform and community to help people thrive, a transition towards a healthier diet and become the hero of their journey.
I have been through many of my own transformational journeys: from being very overweight as a child and dealing with its physical and mental effects on me for many years. I then became vegan nine years ago, and more recently started pursuing new fitness and performance goals. Over the years, I learnt how to adapt my nutrition and habits to sustain my goals. I felt more confident than ever, energised and stronger about the journey towards my best self and optimum health. I also discovered a way to channel my creativity and passion for food towards nutrition and health. I want to share with others what I learnt over the years and use my skills to help them achieve their goals and also become the heroes of their transformations.
I base my practice and coaching on evidence-based information to provide quality support and information to any of my clients. I am also insured by "Financial Fitness Group" to practice as a coach and instructor.
Qualifications & Training:
Nutrition Coaching Qualification - BTN Practical Academy
Plant-based nutrition certification - British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Level 2 Gym Instructor - Focus Training
Ceva's Effective Advocacy Vegan Advocacy Training
Talks and Workshops
Vegfest UK Online Event 2020 - Plant-Based Health Professionals UK panel discussion on "How To Eat For Optimal Health".
Creative Impact Co "Make your Impact - one day business bootcamp" - "How to optimise your nutrition to boost your business"
"Plant-based = A diet which is based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits, with few or no animal products."
Like a vegan diet, a plant-based diet excludes all meats, fish, dairy products, and eggs, however, it also steers clear of most refined and processed foods like refined white flours and grains, refined sugars and processed oils.
‘Whole food’ and ‘plant-based’ are terms typically used to describe something that is made from whole, plant foods that have not been refined in any way.
Plant-based diets including vegan diets can be healthy, as long as they are balanced and nutritionally adequate. When followed consistently, a well-balanced, plant-based diet that focuses on whole-grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds may provide health benefits. These include a lower body mass index (BMI), lower cholesterol levels and a reduced incidence of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even protection from some cancers including prostate and breast cancer.
Avoiding animal products is one of the most direct ways to not contribute to animal cruelty and animal exploitation in terms of food production. For vegans, this also includes any other by-products such as cosmetics and clothing.
A big factor behind some people’s choice to adopt a more plant-based diet is the environmental impact that excessive industrialised meat production has on our environment which is contributing to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction.
How plant-based should I be?
There is no right or wrong way. The only right way is what works for you and your lifestyle choices. Some may choose to just increase their vegetable consumption, some opt for a couple of plant-based meals a week, others may go fully plant-based but enjoy more processed foods on occasion. Sustainability and variety are some of the key factors when it comes to creating the optimum diet to support your health.
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