Hello and welcome! My name is Dani Spies, I’m a Health & Weight Loss Coach and Mom of two who is passionate about creating simple, nutritious recipes to help you eat better without sacrificing amazing, delicious, flavorful food!
I am the mastermind (said with a smirk) behind Clean & Delicious and my husband and I also produce a bi-weekly cooking show on YouTube where I take an easy, practical approach to healthy cooking and eating. I love sharing lots of Clean & Delicious recipes, exploring clean ingredients and chatting about some of the mental and emotional blocks that can keep us from reaching our personal health goals so we can all work on living a healthier lifestyle, together!
My intention in the kitchen is to make healthy eating CRAZY-easy for you. I want to help you cut through all of the nutritional-drama and give you permission to relax around the whole ‘healthy-eating’ thing so you can enjoy simple, delicious, nutritious foods that will naturally support your health, fitness and weight loss goals.
I’ll teach you how to make simple and nutritious food easy and doable. By using my Basic Eating Guide Lines, you can get yourself on the playing field of eating clean without having to count calories or obsess over every meal. You can learn about clean eating ingredients in my 101’s, explore healthy kitchen tips and tricks in my how-to’s, enjoy lots of nutritious meals and recipes with my QuickBites, and explore how your thoughts and beliefs affect your relationship with food and body in my Food For Thought videos.
While eating your veggies is important, finding a way to relax into your health and weight loss journey is equally important. So, I urge you to have some fun in the kitchen; try new ingredients, turn on the music, eat with people you love (or at the very least, like) and notice how good that feels. Don’t take it all too seriously! I promise, eating well does not have to be tricky and certainly does not require an all-or-nothing approach.
My journey with food and health began at a very young age. Growing up in New Jersey, I’ve always loved food and cooking, but this love was tangled up in a constant 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 dieting and in what felt like a constant struggle with food.
This struggle eventually led me away from my desire to go to culinary school and brought me straight to studying fitness, nutrition, the mind-body connection and the role that 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.
The combination of these studies paired with a a lifetime of personal experience, slowly taught me how to shift out of my diet mentality (which focused on restriction, deprivation and complete disconnection from my body) into a mentality of health, nourishment, and connection with myself and my body and most importantly, brought me back to my original love; food and cooking!
By making small, consistent changes in my approach to health and weight loss, I was able to drop my struggle with food and body, lose the 10-15 lbs I was constantly battling with, reclaim my natural love of food and cooking, AND I’ve been able to maintain those changes for over 10 years.
My mission is to share the tips and tools I’ve learned along the way with as many people who are wanting the information.
So, thank you for being here. I hope you enjoy the recipes and tips as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!