Welcome to Clean&Delicious®. I’m Dani Spies, your host. This is my playground; the place I get to share my passions and experiences about food, cooking, health, weight loss, happiness, life and all things Clean & Delicious®.
My mission is to help you eat better, think better and feel awesome.
Why do I do what I do?
I was on my first diet by age 10 and spent years of my life beating myself up and yo-yo dieting all in the name of losing weight.
I believed when I lost weight I would be ok. I would be beautiful and happy and I would see rainbows everyday (or something like that).
It was my struggle with weight loss and body image that led me to study fitness and nutrition. But knowing the science and applying it were two different stories. This is what inspired me to study the mind-body connection and the role our emotional and mental wellness play in our relationship to food and body.
I received my certification as a Holistic Health Counselor (HHC) after graduating from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. I’ve studied with Marc David at The Institute for The Psychology of Eating and completed the professional cooking series at The New School of Cooking in Culver City. I’m a Weight Loss Coach under Master Coach, Brooke Castillo of The Life Coach School and I hold a B.A. in Psychology from William Paterson University.
And you know what I learned?
I had it backwards the whole time.
You can’t hate yourself happy or beat yourself beautiful. The same goes for weight loss.
As I learned to be happy and beautiful exactly where I was, my struggle with my weight dissolved.
Restriction and deprivation encouraged by traditional dieting is in-and-of-itself stressful and counter-productive. I learned to STOP dieting and start paying attention to myself. Exactly the way I was.
My relationship with food has shown me that to achieve weight loss and good health we have to pay attention to both the Art & Science of nutrition. This means that not only do we need to think about what we’re eating but how, when, where, why, and with whom we are eating as well.
Good food is a celebration and there’s nothing I love more than getting in the kitchen and making simple, delicious, nutritious meals.