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.
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.