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EP-063 Caryn Dugan

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St Louis Veg Girl, Caryn Dugan is on a mission:  “A Plant on Every Plate” and for the last ten years has been striving to do just that.  From being diagnosed with melanoma just 10 weeks to the day of her father passing away from cancer Caryn knew that she had to change her ways from Spam and bologna to a more healthful diet, but how??  It’s a long story and we go deep into the heart of it right here on the podcast.  You can follow Caryn at STLVegGirl.com or visit her on all of her social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Enjoy today’s episode as we give out great online recipe resources and our favorite cookbooks to help you go whole food, plant-based and so that we can help Caryn get “A Plant on Every Plate”.

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Rooted deep in the St. Louis food and wellness scene, Caryn Dugan is STLVegGirl, a plant-based personality, nutrition and culinary educator with a simple mission, “A Plant on Every Plate™.”

Caryn adopted a plant-based diet in response to tragedy; in 2008, cancer took her father at an early age and 10 weeks later, tried to take her. In response to her diagnosis, she searched for an answer and found one in the growing body of literature supporting a whole food, plant-based diet to bolster our natural immune system. Adopting a plant-based diet herself and beating cancer, she sought to share her knowledge to help others.

In 2011, Caryn studied in Washington, DC, under the direction of Neal Barnard MD at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Food For Life program, becoming a certified instructor. Bringing this knowledge home, she teaches immune boosting, plant-based cooking classes at the Cancer Support Center of St. Louis for the benefit of others who have, like her, met cancer at the door.

Caryn went on to form STLVegGirl, LLC, St. Louis’ first fully plant-based entity providing cooking instruction, personal cheffing, and collaborative restaurant events. She regularly appears in cooking and nutrition segments on St. Louis affiliates of NBC, CBS and Fox morning shows.

Caryn has continued to earn her spurs as a graduate of:

  • Rouxbe Cooking School Plant-Based Professional Program
  • Wellness Forum’s Plant-Based Certified Personal Chef Program
  • Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as a Lifestyle Medicine Institute Certified Program Facilitator
  • Wellcoaches as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach

She has also teamed up with Forks Over Knives to create the first ever

Forks Over Knives Community and Support Program which piloted in St. Louis at at Dierbergs Markets and continues to sell out. Most recent speaking engagements include Caryn presenting culinary instruction in Naples, Florida to a group of 100 attendees at Total Health Immersions, Health Retreat where immersionists reportedly marked weight and inches lost, a decrease in insulin and blood pressure medication administration, and chronic illness reversal all within the span of six days.

National exposure includes Naked Food Magazine featuring Caryn in its Spring 2017 Anniversary issue where she received three full pages, and now she is currently writing her first cookbook.

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