Expert Bios

Our Stay Healthy San Diego experts are here to answer all your WFPB Challenge questions.

Tracy Childs is a teacher and co-author of 3 e-books with a passion for creating healthy, delicious vegan recipes (with dairy replacement a specialty). With a desire to help the community explore how food choices influence our health, she co-founded her plant-based cooking and nutrition company Veg-Appeal in 2009 and has taught community Food for Life cooking and nutrition classes (a program of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) since 2005. She co-founded PlantDiego after seeing the film PlantPure Nation, seeing the need to continue the movement (i.e., the PlantPure Communities Pod program) within San Diego towards using food as medicine. Her goal is helping to educate and inspire our community to move towards healthier, cleaner and more compassionate foods for all reasons including our planet, the animals and through a better sense of belonging to a caring and like-minded community.

Marina Yanay-Triner of Soul in the Raw is a vegan blogger, educator, and recipe creator. She promotes a high-raw vegan lifestyle, meaning it is fully plant-based and high in fresh, living raw foods. Her goal is to show people how easy, delicious and quick a high-raw vegan diet can be. You don’t have to give up ANYTHING when going vegan. She began her vegan journey as a result of a powerful healing story in her family, and discovered her own body and a new connection to herself in the process; she was also able to heal her digestion. Marina’s online course, “The Effortlessly Flavorful Vegan Kitchen”, will teach you how to make easy, quick and delicious vegan meals that include lots of raw foods, nutrients, and will tantalize your taste buds!

Jennifer Nemeth is a Registered Nurse, has a degree in dietetics (nutrition), has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, is a certified Food Over Medicine, Weight Loss and Women’s Health instructor from the Wellness Forum, and a certified Food for Life instructor through the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. Through frequent contact, support and education, she empowers her clients to take ownership of their health. She specializes in weight loss, women’s health, heart disease, diabetes and cancer prevention.

Donna Pinto is the founder of Give Wellness.  In 2010 at the age of 44, she received a terrifying diagnosis of DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), also known as “stage zero breast cancer.” Her life was transformed overnight. But Donna refused any aggressive “cancer” treatments and chose to follow a holistic approach to living a life of optimal health and wellness. She went from being frightened, confused and anxious to feeling calm, empowered and inspired. Donna became an avid researcher, blogger, Certified Nutritionist, health coach, and advocate for informed decision-making and pro-active wellness practices. Through her blog DCIS 411, Donna has inspired thousands of woman world-wide to find peace and wellness following a diagnosis of DCIS.

Gina Sample is a trained culinary professional and athlete. She founded The Vegan Lab to help athletes transform their health and athletic performance through clean, plant-powered eating. Gina’s mottos is “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.” She believes that burning “clean” fuel for exercise results in better performance and digestion. She emphasizes proper nutrition for the 3 phases of a workout or race: Preparation, Sustainability, and Recovery.

Questions? E-mail us: plantdiego@gmail.com

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