Hi there! Welcome to Clean&Delicious.
I’m Dani Spies. I’m a Mom, Health Coach, and the founder and host of Clean & Delicious.
I am much more a foodie than I am a health nut. I love wine and margaritas as much as I love green smoothies. And I believe that strict diet plans and food rules only guarantee that you will stay stuck and miserable forever.
My mission is to help people eat better while bringing back a sense of ease and celebration with food and body.
I’ll teach you how to make simple nutritious eating doable (and delicious) and I’ll help you understand a more ‘whole-istic’ approach to nutrition and health (or at the very least I’ll go down trying!).
Restriction and deprivation encouraged by traditional dieting is in-and-of-itself stressful and counter-productive. This is why I believe we have to infuse joy and celebration back into the art of food and eating – as a means to reaching our health goals – not as a reward for getting there.
Why do I do what I do?
While I’ve always loved food and cooking, this love was tangled up in a struggle with weight and body image. I was on my first diet by the 5th grade and successfully failed over 50 diets in the years that followed. I spent years of my life on-and-off diets and beating myself up all in the name of weight loss.
I believed when I lost weight I would be ok. I would be beautiful and happy and life would be butterflies and rainbows everyday (or something like that).
This struggle eventually led me away from my desire to go to culinary school and brought me straight to studying fitness and nutrition. But knowing the science of nutrition and applying it were two different stories. I knew I had to be missing something, and I was determined to figure out what it was.
And so, I went on to study the mind-body connection and the role our emotional and mental wellness play in our relationship with 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 upside down, inside out and backwards the entire time.
It turns out that you can’t hate yourself happy or beat yourself thin.
We have to meet ourselves, as we are, right now with kindness and curiosity in order to create any type of change we crave. We have to be gentle and open and interested – in ourselves – even if we don’t fit into skinny jeans (right now).
Self love is not a reward for eating salad.
It’s an everyday practice, rooted in acceptance, that encourages us to take great care of ourselves regardless of what the scale says or whether or not we made it to the gym.
It’s a practice. And I’m a life long student.
Now, instead of obsessing over calories and cellulite, I practice creating happiness and FULLNESS in my everyday life. I try to do this with all of the little things, constantly learning how to be the next version of myself, so I don’t feel the need to use food to fill me up or be my only source of joy. I guess you could say, I’m learning to diversify!
Perfect I am not. But I do try to stick with my Basic Eating Guidelines as a base for eating well.
And as I’ve worked to untangle my messy beliefs around weight and body, I’ve also returned to my first love, food.
So thank you for being here.
Good food is a celebration and there is nothing that makes me happier than getting into my kitchen and making simple, delicious, nutritious meals for my family and for yours!