My name’s Michelle, but you can call me Auntie Shell. (My nephew couldn’t pronounce Michelle as a toddler… and years later, it stuck!)
Through expert resources, simple plant-based recipes, and holistic how-to guides, I can help you easily learn about a vegan diet and lifestyle to improve your health and feel better than ever before. I’m passionate about plant-based living because I’ve seen what it can do: I improved my cholesterol (lowering it from high to normal!) and gained more energy. Now I feel better in my 40’s than I ever did in my 20’s.
If you’re thinking it’s too late to make dietary changes, or that you’d have to be a perfect vegan to see the benefits of a vegan diet, I’m here to help you see what’s possible and to easily improve your health. AuntieShell.com is a holistic health website bringing together simple vegan recipes, functional fitness, meditation, and other mental and physical health resources to help you lead a healthy lifestyle you’ll love.
I’m so glad you’re here, welcome!
Throughout my life I was always overweight. I was an emotional eater. After learning how to better express myself I stopped turning to food to help manage my emotions. However, at the age of 19, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I gained 40 pounds as a side effect of a medication. A fitness trainer eventually helped me lose some weight but had me on a diet so restrictive that while I looked better, I felt terrible. I was exhausted and still hungry.
Not feeling your best can be overwhelming and frustrating. Until I started taking care of myself properly, physically and mentally I didn’t feel confident with who I was. But even when you look better, if you don’t also feel good it’s often hard to be as happy as you know you could be. You might be getting compliments, enjoying how your clothes fit and having more confidence, but on the inside, you still feel weighed down. You’re trying so hard to do everything right but still wonder why it’s just not working.
As I questioned where to go from there, I was told by a doctor that my cholesterol was high. Worried about what that meant, I asked for dietary changes that I could make in order to improve my overall health.
“I could never go vegan.”
– said almost every vegan (before going vegan)
I never liked cooking with animal products. Afterwards, I always had a hard time eating whatever I had made. Over time, I stopped eating anything with a heartbeat and became a vegetarian. Not long after with the support of friends, great recipes and helpful books I cut out dairy and eggs. In addition, I stopped using artificial sweeteners and limited the amount of fried food that I ate. (I’d already cut out soft drinks.)
I know it might sound like all these changes would be hard to maintain, but because I finally started to FEEL amazing, keeping up with this new way of living was simple.
My energy skyrocketed and my cholesterol lowered from “high” to “normal”.
It’s easier to follow a vegan diet because I now feel better at 44 than I ever did in my 20s. (And because I’m committed to a holistic health approach that considers why I eat, not just what I’m eating.)
If you want to improve your health with a vegan diet and healthy lifestyle so you feel amazing, this website is for you. I’m bringing together the best recipes, resources, books, and people to help you easily (and happily!) live a healthier life.
A few things to know about me:
- I have a dog named Kobe, yes, after THE Kobe Bryant!
- While most of my time is spent in Canada, I do sneak away to Florida each winter.
- I married the love of my life, Mike aka Uncle Mikey in Las Vegas.
- My niece and nephew coined the name “Auntie Shell” and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- I graduated from McGill University in the School of Social Work Program.
- Before starting this website, I worked for 15 years as a social worker working primarily with Holocaust Survivors.
- I was a finalist in the TV show 2 Minute Drill with David Meltzer.
- My purpose in life has always been to help people and this website is a great way I get to do that again.
Have a question?
Ask “Auntie Shell” about her journey of adopting a vegan lifestyle and incorporating self-care practices into her daily life.