My name is Noor Daghistani and I am a board certified psychiatric pharmacist. I received my Doctor of Pharmacy and Master in General Psychology at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After graduating from NSU, I completed a general pharmacy residency at Baptist Hospital of Miami and a psychiatric pharmacy residency at NSU. I now work as a clinical pharmacist at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, WA.
As you can see, one of my passions is the study of the human mind! You might be thinking, what is a psychiatric pharmacist doing talking about food and nutrition? Well, another one of my passions is food! I am a foodie and I love learning about how our food impacts every aspect of our lives – our health, our environment, and the animals.
Although I’ve always loved food, I never really gave a thought about how the food I ate affected my health and the health of everything else around me. It was not until after I graduated from pharmacy school and saw the medication burden that my patients were facing that I had a shift in perception.
I saw how some of my patients’ lives revolved around their medications and the side effects those medications caused. I saw how living a life with a long list of medications was not really living at all. It was a slow, painful death filled with years of doctors’ visits and agonizing medical procedures.
I started to think, is this what aging really looks like? Are we doomed by the genes that were passed down to us? I refused to believe that this was the case. I did not want to accept a fate filled with pharmaceuticals, so I began searching for answers and was blown away by what I found! Now, I feel the need and the responsibility to share this information with you.
I am here to educate you on the possibilities for a healthier future for yourself and for our planet. I am here to empower you, to take your health into your own hands, and to show you the beautiful impact you can have on not only your health, but the health of the planet and its gentle creatures, just by changing what you put into your body!
Hi, there! My name is Michelle and I am the other half of the Food Proof team. I am a registered dietitian and integrative wellness coach with a plant-based passion and focus. I have my own nutrition coaching practice, Sensibly Sprouted, where I help my clients navigate the road to following a balanced, healthy, and nourishing plant-based lifestyle.
I have been 100% plant-based, or vegan, for almost 6 years, and I have never felt better. The start of my plant-based journey was back in college, because of my love for animals. I would foster rescue dogs, volunteered with a cat rescue, and save any helpless animal I would find on the street. However, it took me a long time until I made the connection between my dogs and rescued animals and the meat on my plate. That all changed one Fall day while I was in class.
In college, my major was Animal Sciences, as my dream back then was to become a vet. Because of my major, some of my classes were located in a separate area where livestock was kept for educational purposes. Everything changed for me when one day next to one of my classrooms animals were being slaughtered. Those sounds stuck with me, and even to this day, I couldn’t look at meat the same way. I was finally done eating the animal products, and ready to take the plant-based plunge.
When I first became vegan I felt great ethically but felt awful physically and mentally. My diet was loaded with processed foods, I had no idea about nutrients, and cooking was beyond overwhelming. Honestly speaking, I was a college student that lived off of ramen noodles at the time. That experience caused me to do some research and is how I discovered the strong association and link between health and diet. So, while keeping my meals cruelty-free, I then became whole-foods and plant-based.
Now my energy is at an all-time high, my skin is glowing, my digestion is like clockwork, my weight is healthy, and most importantly, I feel amazing! This discovery changed the course of my life, and also lead to my passion for nutrition, where now I have the privilege to help others who were just like me, navigate the transition to a whole food plant-based diet and lifestyle.
I decided to join Noor on this project because I really agree with the idea that education is paramount to change. Through our podcast episodes, my goal is for you to be educated, inspired, and motivated to give plant-based living a try, and making the world a more gentle, kind place. We are honored to be on this journey with you and thank you for joining us.