Hi, I'm Jill. Thank you so much for stopping by! I live in Northern California by way of New England. I love rainy days, organized spaces and spontaneously purging my closet. I am a design school grad, a Kripalu-trained yoga teacher and a total foodie. I have held a variety of jobs (bridal stylist, yoga teacher, graphic designer) but now work as a cook at an inn nestled beside the sea. I have no greater joy that feeding people and I have loved getting my hands dirty in the kitchen since I can remember.
Before finding the plant-based approach in 2015, I suffered from constant stomach pain and countless infections, the worst of which peeking in my teens and early twenties. It has taken nearly a decade of education, set backs and relentless self advocacy before I came to understand that among other things, FOOD HEALS. It was/is a lot of trial and error but as I began eating a whole foods plant based diet and feeling better in my body, I found that other parts of my life that left something to be desired began to heal as well (relationships, body image, life direction). At this time I also awoke to the impact our consumption of animal products has on the environment; I became enlivened when I learned that my lifestyle could not only help my health but also aid to end cruelty toward animals and cut down on our impactof the environment. Unlike a lot of wellness bloggers out there I am a lifetime learner who isn't afraid to be wrong - I don't have (or want) all of the answers BUT I have found a pathway to healing that I cannot stay quiet about. I founded LiveClean Kitchen in early 2016 as a way of serving those of you who are also committed to wellness, honesty, balance and delicious food. I am obsessed with the powerful, healing nature of plants and re-learning my way around the kitchen, my own body and honestly, life in general.
I create recipes that are accessible, balanced, beautiful and use whole, plant ingredients.
ABOUT LIVECLEAN KITCHEN
LiveClean Kitchen creates recipes to nourish body, mind and soul! The core value of LiveClean Kitchen is to offer a simple, balanced, holistic approach to food, wellness and movement. It is platform devoted to exploring ways to better nourish yourself and the planet in a practical and (deliciously) mindful package.
If you're looking to get inspired to cook healthful, tasty plant based recipes that help you to thrive in your daily life, stick around!
It is my mission to show you that eating well is not a punishment for bad behavior but rather a reward for loving yourself completely. By consuming plant based foods, you can eat in abundance without guilt or consequence and you will feel your best self - check out my recipes for inspiration.
Healing with food
Wondering how a plant based diet can help you? There is no single life choice you can make has a greater impact on your health, the health of the planet and the advancement of every other living being than eating a plant-based diet. It's the easiest, best and most directly beneficial way to make a positive impact. While I don't believe there is a one size fits all 'diet' for everybody, I do believe that eating more fresh, vibrant fruits and veggies makes you feel more yourself, more alive and more ready to show up for the people and things you love!
fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you shoot the photos for your blog?
Yes! The best purchase I have made in the last year was finally buying a DSLR camera. I have a simple, relatively inexpensive model - a Canon Rebel T6i and typically use a 50mm lens for my food photography. I was told before purchasing that it's not the body of the camera that matters, its about the lens and I couldn't agree more. If you are on the fence about purchasing a more legit camera set up than your good old iphone for food photos - DO IT, I absolutely love my camera.
How do you come up with your recipes?
I have always been that girl who is unable to sleep because she is excited for breakfast. Food motivates me but before any other label, I call myself an artist (I did go to art school after all) - I have been an artist of many mediums - but for me, food is the ultimate expression. It's impermanence allows me to be creative, innovative and freer than any other medium. I often felt disconnected when creating art in my little artists bubble but when I am able see people light up after taking a bite I know I have made a positive impact in the world - there is no greater satisfaction or creative fuel. Once I became vegan in 2015 I got to re-experience the kitchen in a way i never had before. Cooking simply and with nutrition in mind quickly become my passion. I find recipe inspiration everywhere - the local taco shop, instagram, the grocery aisle but most of the time my inspiration has to do with the powerful impact of simple foods on the body- I want to show others that natural flavors, textures and nutrients of whole foods are not only incredibly healing but also delicious. I have been a Food Network junkie since I could hold the remote and I credit Rachel Ray, Ina Garten, Alton Brown and Tyler Florence for teaching me nearly everything I know about technique.
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