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Healthy Cooking Coach, Caroline Cherry












November 18, 2011

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Bethesda, MD

Switching dietary habits and trying to cook new foods is not easy for most people.  Most Americans are brought up eating meat as the main source of protein; and their staple carbohydrates derive from wheat, corn or potatoes.

Shopping for alternatives to meat for protein or for alternative carbohydrates gets complicated and generally people find it difficult to know how to prepare these foods.

With more and more research linking obesity and high cholesterol to high red meat consumption, consumers are looking to vegetarian or even vegan diets but finding the switch challenging for many reasons.

Vegetarians eat animal products such as dairy, cheese, eggs and sometimes even fish; while vegans eat no animal products whatsoever.

Bethesda Maryland resident Caroline Cherry is a vegan whose business is to help people learn about vegan cooking and how to shop for vegan foods.

Cherry started her innovative business www.veryvegelicious.com a few months ago as she saw a need for people interested in veganism to be coached and supported to learn how to shop and cook vegan meals.

“I have various possibilities and arrangements available for people that want to learn how to buy vegan products and the prepare vegan meals,” said Cherry.

Clients sign up for four sessions, which include shopping together for vegan products at a supermarket or farmer’s market, followed by 3 different cooking sessions whereby Cherry prepares the vegan recipes, but encourages the client to participate.  At the end of the 4 sessions, Cherry’s clients receive a folder full of resources and six months of support, including meal planning assistance.

Cherry’s first client, Paul Gulyn, a member of the Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC), said the experience of having someone help him shop for vegan products was the most helpful part of incorporating vegan meals into his diet.

“Like most guys, I don’t like to shop and having Caroline show me various products out there was really helpful.”  The most useful products Cherry introduced, according to Gulyn, were tasty alternatives to meat.

Though he didn’t consider himself much of a cook, Gulyn now cooks favorite vegan recipes like savory stew and vegan pumpkin pie.  “The process of working with Caroline made me cook more and eat out less as my confidence with cooking increased.”

Other clients have asked Cherry to teach and prepare a vegan meal for a friend as part of a celebration or in effort to teach a friend about veganism.

Healthy eating consultant Caroline Cherry switched to a vegan diet in the mid 1990’s.  Although Cherry switched to veganism due to her ethical concerns for the treatment of animals, she noted that “I’ve had ultra low cholesterol levels ever since, even though my family on my mother’s side all have very high cholesterol levels.”

A few of Cherry’s vegan recipes will be posted on www.GreenGaithersburg.com


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