149: Fitness Model to YouTube Star: How Nicole Inspires Vegan Newbies To Change Their Lives


Before going vegan, Nicole Derseweh wanted to travel the world and taste every cheese imaginable. But her health was suffering. As a fitness model, her body looked healthy, but it hid a worrying truth: her high protein diet was stressing out her gall bladder and liver, and her blood pressure was through the roof. With her grandma fighting cancer, and other members of her family unwell, Nicole knew something was wrong. She began looking at her diet.

It took a year between watching her first documentary (Earthlings) to converting to 100% plant-based. The journey was tough, but it was worth it. As soon as she gave up dairy, her heath transformed. But her recovery went deeper than just the physical. Nicole had struggled with anorexia in high school. While she overcame the behaviors by becoming a fitness model, the self-loathing thoughts were still there. When she became vegan, those thoughts disappeared.

Choosing to go vegan was such an empowering and positive decision that it healed her psyche as well as her physical health. And now Nicole is dedicated to inspiring newbie and wannabe vegans with delicious plant-based food that can tempt even the most dedicated carnivore.

If you live close to LA, check out Nicole’s Pop Up event at Feastly’s Berry Loft on 25th May. The food is to die for AND there are great people to talk to – Allison, Suzy and Roxy will be there! This week’s theme is North Africa, so there will be plenty of exotic dishes on the menu. Get 20% off with the coupon code FoodHeals!

Check out Nicole’s YouTube channel for recipes and tutorials to veganize your dishes and live sustainably.


Nicole’s tips for living sustainably:

  • Be aware of the plastic you buy and throw away.
  • Go whole-food plant-based.
  • Bring your own bag – for groceries AND clothes shopping.
  • Avoid anything with a palm oil.
  • Check out Imperfect – the produce box delivery that raises awareness of food waste.


What you’ll learn:

  • Nicole’s journey from meat eater to vegan.
  • How to give up cheese – cold turkey.
  • Why we are chemically addicted to cheese.
  • How Nicole healed her eating disorder with veganism.
  • How to vote with your dollar and spread the love.
  • How to do bullet proof coffee, plant-based.
  • The truth about fat.
  • Nicole’s first entrepreneurial role.


Our favorite moments:

@8:45 You need to eat oatmeal.

@9:30 Documentary rabbit hole.

@27:17 We need to start screaming louder.

@30:07 You’re going to find love and travel the world!

@39:20 Sex coffee?

@43:07 Nicole’s rap improv.

@48:09 The perfect food.

@1:02:18 Believe in tarragon!



Tweet: Spring bunny carrot cake cupcakes! @NicoleDerseweh https://ctt.ec/5W5f3+

Tweet: We’ve got to stop with the plastic #bringyourownstraw @FoodHealsNation #FoodHealsPodcast

Tweet: Add flax seeds and hemp milk to #veganize your baking @NicoleDerseweh @FoodHealsNation #FoodHealsPodcast

Tweet: Vote with your fork: go #plantbased #vegan @NicoleDerseweh @FoodHealsNation


This episode is sponsored by:

Global Healing Center – Non-toxic, organic skin care products and detox supplements. Their mission is to bring back good health, positive thinking, happiness, and love! Your body is a self-healing mechanism. Enter the code foodheals for 20% off your order – plus free shipping!






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About Us:

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

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