Welcome to The Full Helping
I’m so glad you’re here. Whether you’re looking to explore a vegan lifestyle, in search of wholesome, plant-forward recipes, or looking for the support of a dietitian who specializes in plant-based eating, it’s my hope that this blog will have something to offer you.
Eating can be complicated, especially in this day and age. We’re all hoping to eat responsibly, healthfully, and well, but alarmism, mixed messages, and impossible standards often stand in our way. My goal in bringing you The Full Helping is to help you love your body through the experience of nourishing, plant-based food. Here you’ll find recipes that are focused on both pleasure and wellness, along with occasional musings on nutrition, self-care, and mindful living.
I believe that when we satisfy our appetites, the fullness of our lives expands. This blog is my tribute to that process.
About Gena (That’s Me!)
Personally speaking, I haven’t always loved food, and food hasn’t always loved me. I was hit with anorexia early in my teens, and I struggled for thirteen years after to regain balance and health.
In my early twenties, I put my weapons down and committed to making peace with the food on my plate. In working toward a lasting recovery, I became attuned to the suffering of animals within our food system and started to explore a vegan diet. Veganism allowed me to see that the act of eating could be more than a source of personal anguish or an outlet for self-control. Eating can be a step toward a gentler world; it’s one way to exercise compassion for animals and for our planet. For many, it can open the doors to greater well-being. Becoming vegan was also my introduction to the joys of cooking, which I began to explore in my tiny New York City kitchen.
As anyone who has healed from an eating disorder can attest, it is anything but a linear process. My early years as a vegan were still marked by food fears and alarmism – the tendency we sometimes call orthorexia – and I hadn’t yet learned how to embrace food as a form of pleasure, rather than a nutritional prescription. In its early days, this blog was focused on raw foods and detoxification, an emphasis that I’ve left behind as I grow into a more soulful and grounding experience with food.
Nowadays, I eat to live and I live to eat. I celebrate the nourishing properties of my meals, but I also create recipes with a sense of fun, an awareness that not every ingredient needs to serve a nutritional purpose.
The Full Helping was born in and out of a desire to celebrate food and its many gifts. It began as an online recipe box, but it has become so much more. Nowadays, this blog serves as a chronicle of my evolution with food, as well as a celebration of the meals that have helped me to heal.
This blog is also a community. I welcome readers to share their own observations and stories surrounding food. My Green Recovery Series and other food/healing posts highlight the ways in which food and self-acceptance can intersect. My weekend reading posts highlight articles that touch on health, wellness, and animal rights.
In addition to my work as a blogger, I’m a registered dietitian (RD) with nearly ten years of experience in nutrition counseling. If you’re curious about my services, you can click here for more information.
It’s my hope that this online space will give you permission to celebrate your appetites, one recipe at a time.
To a life in full,