Hi! My name is Dylan and welcome to my blog. I’m a PhD candidate living in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory. I conduct scientific studies to advance our knowledge of women’s reproductive health. My passion, and the focus of my thesis, is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I research various ways to manage PCOS through lifestyle changes, such as improving nutritional intake, increasing exercise, and developing a mind-body practice.
I’ve been living a plant-based lifestyle for over 12 years now. I believe plant-based, primarily vegan diets positively impact my health, the environment, food sustainability, land sustainability and animal welfare. These reasons are why I develop PCOS-friendly recipes that still allow myself to thrive on plants.
When I’m not conducting research for my thesis, or creating new recipes, you can likely find me in my happy place; the gym. I’ve dabbled in other forms of fitness, such as running, hot yoga, and field hockey, but my true passions are bodybuilding and power lifting. Athletics have always been a huge part of my life and continue to bring me health, joy, confidence and strength.
This blog is dedicated to using my evidence-based knowledge in creating recipes to share with women with PCOS, and others who enjoy plant-based, nutritious recipes which may help prevent disease. The name Phruitful Dish has a couple inspirations. I associate the word ‘fruitful’ with living an abundant life of growth and transformation. When I was younger I had an unhealthy relationship with food, not unlike many women (with and without PCOS) who have been conditioned by the health and beauty industries, the media and our society, to associate food with feelings of guilt, etc. My on-going transformation has led me to think of food as fuel that has the power to nourish my body and prevent future disease. This is particularly important for us with PCOS because a healthy lifestyle, focused on nutrient-dense foods, can impact our hormonal, metabolic and long-term health. Finally, the ‘ph’ symbolizes my focus on science and my commitment to discussing the health benefits of food that are evidence-based.
Unfortunately the scientific research on PCOS and lifestyle is very limited. As far as nutrition, there is no single “diet” that is effective and maintainable for all women with PCOS. Please take the information I provide with a grain of salt. 😉
Disclaimer: As the sole author of Phruitful Dish, I have based my posts on my own experiences and personal knowledge regarding nutrition and PCOS. However, I am not a medical doctor or licensed nutritionist. The information in this blog is not intended as medical advice, and it is not endorsed by my employers or institutions I am affiliated with. Nutritional choices should be made in consultation with your health care provider. This blog is intended to inspire and encourage readers to educate themselves on how nutrition can be one important part of a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, please use the information at your own risk. Occasional links may be provided leading to third party websites. The existence of these links does not infer a responsibility or an endorsement of the linked site, its operator, or its contents.