About

 

The Author:

My name is Dylan Cutler and I am a PhD candidate living in Vancouver, B.C. on unceded Coast Salish territory. My research focus is women’s reproductive health, with a specific interest in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the most common form of infertility and can present itself in many different ways. My scientific studies are aimed at discovering ways to manage PCOS through lifestyle changes, such as improving nutritional intake, increasing exercise, and developing a mind-body practice.

I have been living a plant-based lifestyle for about 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 am developing PCOS-friendly recipes that still allow myself to thrive on plants.

When I am not conducting research for my thesis, you can probably find me at the gym pushing my body to new limits. I dabble in other forms of fitness from time to time, such as running, hot yoga, and field hockey, but my true passion is lifting heavy and building strength. I have played competitive sports my entire life up until a couple years ago, so weight lifting has filled this void.

Phruitful Dish:

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. For me the word ‘fruitful’ means living an abundant life of growth and fertility. I have grown away from viewing food as either a reward or punishment and towards seeing food as fuel to support my daily tasks and long-term pursuits. In terms of fertility, being a woman with PCOS can hinder one’s ability to have children which is something I want in the future so I hope to achieve this through consistently healthy lifestyle choices. Finally, the ‘ph’ symbolizes my focus on science and my commitment to discussing health benefits that are evidence-based. To me, this is not a food blog but a health blog that I hope can be used as one tool in one’s healthy lifestyle toolbox.

Please realize that the scientific research to date on PCOS and nutrition is very limited. Also, there is not one way to eat for all women with PCOS, so please take the information provided with a grain of salt (you won’t find any in my recipes though!).

I would love to hear from you if you would like to chat about my posts, my experience living with PCOS, are interested in participating in my research studies, or would like to collaborate with me.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lyndsey Kilgore says:

    The last few days I have been really struggling with Endometriosis and Fibro. I started ‘operation conquer’ this morning. I am at the end of my tether and have a renewed motivation to stop these illnesses conquering me. While perusing pages on plant based diets, I find this little gold mine. Thank you so much. Your recipes look amazing. I hate the idea of eating the same foods, but not with people like you in the world. Thank you. How amazing to find people wanting to help others and making positive changes to others – if you ever have a bad day…. remember what you are doing!

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    1. I am so incredibly happy you found me and my blog, AND left a comment! I am completely supportive of ‘operation conquer’! I hope some of my recipes will be useful to you and at the very least inspire you to create appealing healing foods. I understand what feeling restricted is like and I never want to feel that again so my goal is to make recipes that are fulfilling and with a purpose! Lastly, thank you for the kind words. Bad days do happen and reminding myself WHY I do what I do gets me through those. Thank you 🙂 I look forward to connecting with you more.

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  2. Julie says:

    Fabulous recipes and great content! I like how you describe the specific health benefits of vegan food, and the recipes look delicious. I recently started creating meals from the “Oh She Glows” cookbook by Angela Liddon and I think we’re embarking on a new way to look at food.
    What a great project, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind feedback! I have heard that cookbook is great. I hope to have my own one day. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Becky age 19 says:

    Dylan, y does vegunizm make the envirnment betta?

    Do u drive?

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    1. Dylan Cutler says:

      Hello Becky! Thanks for the great question. Veganism can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use, species extinction, and deforestation. A great documentary is Cowspiracy which talks about all the environmental impacts of eating meat. I found it fascinating. And to answer your second question, I don’t drive. I walk and use public transit. 🙂 Hope the film is interesting for you!

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  4. Love everything about this blog right now! I can always use some inspiration to eat more veggies and you make it look like a stunning experience. Also, I have so many friends that suffer from PCOS that I will definitely be sharing your page with them. Cant wait to try some of your ice cream recipes 🙂

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    1. Love everything about this comment! Haha, thank you so much for leaving a kind note. I feel like I specialize in beatifying fruits and veggies lol And I am very appreciative of you sharing with your friends. 💜

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