People in San Diego are lucky that three food-loving ladies who have all been vegans for nearly 20 years decided to combine their expertise and passions. Early this year, Sheila Fisher, Marge Wurgel, and Tracy Childs started to educate people about the health and planetary benefits of the vegan diet through their business called Veg-Appeal.
Marge was teaching vegan cooking in San Diego. Tracy teaches vegan cooking classes through The Cancer Project, an offshoot of Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine. Sheila worked as a dietary counselor for the UCSD Cancer Center, where she was the only one at work following a vegan diet.
Through Veg-Appeal, they enjoy coming together with like-minded people by teaching environmentally-friendly cooking classes, holding house parties and mini-retreats, and counseling individuals on vegan nutrition. They got off to a positive start with their first class of 28 people ranging from teenagers to seniors, both men and women.
“Some people work on giving up animal proteins but don’t know how to go about it, how to cook. We want to help people get from point A to point B,” said Tracy.
“A lot of people don’t know what healthy is,” added Sheila.
One great way to find out would be to sign up for future classes which include: “What’s for Lunch? Healthy Ideas for a Blissful Brunch or Weekend Breakfast,” and “Cooking with Tofu and Tempeh.”
One future dream is finding spaces to teach classes in centrally located parts of San Diego, preferably with a kitchen. They also hope to hold wellness programs for employees of small companies and corporations to reduce absenteeism and healthcare costs through vegan nutrition options. Everything they are doing sounds appealing, so get on board, San Diegans!