Hi, I’m Dianne Wenz!
I grew up with chronic headaches, sinus infections, and terrible allergies. I went vegetarian in 1993 for ethical reasons, and my health issues only seemed to get worse. At the time, it was difficult to find information on vegetarian health, and I doubled down on eggs and dairy, thinking they would prevent that much talked about protein deficiency that so many worry about.
In 2001, after reading about the dairy and egg industries, I decided to go vegan. (It wasn’t easy! I missed my cheese, and it was waaaay before edible dairy-free cheeses were readily available.) Miraculously, my health improved. My headaches were gone, I could breathe through my nose, and allergy season came and went without much of a fuss. This sparked a newly found passion for nutrition and cooking.
I am a trained artist (I have a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design), but after many years of working in offices as a graphic designer, I felt burnt-out. A change was needed. I realized that she needed to share my new-found knowledge with others, so I decided to study holistic health and nutrition.
I received my training to practice Holistic Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and I have Holistic Health Practitioner certification through both the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the International Association of Health Coaches.
I am a certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach through Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy, and I have a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell University. I also have Plant-Based Professional Chef Certification from Rouxbe Cooking School.
I love helping people change their diets and improve their health! I work with health coaching clients from across the globe via telephone or in person in my West Orange New Jersey home office. My clients want to make the switch to a plant-based diet do so in a healthful way, so that they feel vibrant and energetic. They learn how to make food choices that will have long-term effects on their health and well-being, so that they are able to stick with this way of living in the future. I also work with vegans who want to reclaim their health, lose weight, and increase their energy. My clients learn how to incorporate healthful foods in their diets and manage stress, so that they can thrive, feel great in their bodies, and enjoy life.
I also teach both group and personalized vegan cooking classes in northern New Jersey. In my classes, people learn how to prepare healthy vegan meals, cooking techniques, and what to do with ingredients that might be new to them, such as tempeh and tofu.
Where You Can Find Me Online
In addition to sharing my recipes and healthy eating tips here on Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, I am the editor in chief for Chic Vegan. My articles and recipes have been featured on Veg Kitchen.com, The New York Times, The Vegan Atlas, Parade.com, Medium.com, Will Travel for Vegan Food, and the Vegan Cuts blog. I’ve been interviewed by Laura Theodore on Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, Victoria Moran on Main Street Radio, and Marla Rose on VeganStreet.com. I’ve also been interviewed for US News and World Report. I’ve also written for Chickpea Magazine and T.O.F.U. Magazine.