Rooted deep in the St. Louis food and wellness scene, Caryn Dugan is STLVegGirl, a plant-based nutrition and culinary and lifestyle educator with a simple mission, “A Plant on Every Plate™.”
Caryn adopted a plant-based diet in response to tragedy; in 2008, cancer took her father at an early age and 10 weeks later, tried to take her. In response to her diagnosis, she searched for an answer and found one in the growing body of literature supporting a whole food, plant-based diet to bolster our natural immune system. Adopting a plant-based diet herself and beating cancer, she sought to share her knowledge to help others.
In 2011, Caryn studied in Washington, DC, under the direction of Neal Barnard MD at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Food For Life program, becoming a certified instructor. Bringing this knowledge home, she teaches immune boosting, plant-based cooking classes at the Cancer Support Center of St. Louis for the benefit of others who have, like her, met cancer at the door.
Caryn went on to form STLVegGirl, LLC, St. Louis’ first fully plant-based entity providing cooking instruction, personal cheffing, meal delivery, and collaborative restaurant events. She regularly appears in cooking and nutrition segments on St. Louis affiliates of NBC, CBS and Fox morning shows.
Caryn has continued to earn her spurs as a graduate of:
Rouxbe Cooking School Plant-Based Professional Program
Wellness Forum’s Plant-Based Certified Personal Chef Program
Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as a Lifestyle Medicine Institute Certified Program Facilitator
Wellcoaches as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Plant-based Nutrition Certificate through eCornell University
She has also teamed up with Forks Over Knives to create the first ever Forks Over Knives Community Program which piloted in St. Louis at at Dierbergs Markets and continues to sell out. Most recent speaking engagements include presenting culinary instruction in Naples, Florida to a group of 100 attendees at Total Health Immersions, Health Retreat where immersionists reportedly marked weight and inches lost, a decrease in insulin and blood pressure medication administration, and chronic illness reversal all within the span of seven days.
Caryn executed St. Louis’ first Plant-based Nutrition Summit at Washington University this summer where this one-day event featured world-renowned experts such as Michael Greger, MD and Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD. The event sold out and represented in attendance were 16 states and 2 countries.
International exposure includes Naked Food Magazine featuring Caryn in its Spring 2017 Anniversary issue where she received three pages.
To learn more about Caryn, please visit STLVegGirl.com
Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all at, @STLVegGirl
-Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) facilitator
-One-on-one culinary/nutrition counseling
-In-home culinary classes (group setting)
-Local culinary/nutritional classes at several venues
-Local meal delivery
-Drop off catering
-Corporate wellness classes