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About Dani

Dani Spies

Dani Spies

I’m Dani Spies. I’m a Mom of two yummy kids, a Holistic Health & Weight Loss Coach and the founder and host of Clean & Delicious.

My intention is to help you enjoy nutritious foods while also exploring how to create a healthy relationship with your food and your body so you can reach your health, fitness, and weight loss goals and feel ah-mazing.

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 (hint: restriction and deprivation is NOT healthy!).  I promise, eating well does not require and all-or-nothing approach.

While eating your veggies is important (very important!), infusing joy and celebration back into the art of cooking and eating is equally important when it comes to healthy living. Having fun in the kitchen, trying new ingredients, and eating and enjoying food with people you love are all important (and often overlooked) components to reaching your health and weight loss goals.

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.

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.

Here’s what I learned:

There is both an art and science to nutrition and weight loss. Things like joy, gratitude, pleasure, rest and play are as vital to our health as what we eat and how we exercise.

As it turns out, you can’t hate yourself happy or beat yourself thin. Believe me if you could I would have been a master at the game years ago!

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.

Perfect I am not (nor do I set out to be!), 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!