68. Transforming A Personal Loss Into Her Calling with Chef Daniella Malfitano


This week’s podcast guest talks about something close to my heart - FOOD!

Growing up overweight most of my childhood and still identifying as someone who has to watch her weight, I’m always interested in learning more about cultivating a healthy relationship with food. 

My guest this week is chef Daniella Malfitano @chefdmalfi. Daniella is a chef of 15 years and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and she’s passionate about helping you use food to heal and thrive. 

She’s created and hosted Delicious Discoveries for PBS and was also the producer of the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, hosting all of the Food Network stars and celebrity chefs from all over the United States on the Disney stage. She’s written and produced her own in-park show about healthy living and edited cookbooks. 

Her impressive culinary experience belies a super personable, relatable and wonderful human being. We talk about her transition from being a traditional chef to a plant-based chef and what Daniella refers to as being the antithesis of a chef! These days, Daniella streams live demonstrations of her plant-based recipes daily on her live cooking show. 

Daniella takes us on her journey of listening to your intuition, acting on your calling, even when it’s difficult, painful and involves twists and turns along the way. Find out how Daniella went from nursing to food, what they have in common, what spirituality and God has to do with food, and how you can become plant-based even if it’s just a few times a week as a way to get healthier, save the planet and be kinder to animals!


Connect with Daniella on:

Instagram @chefdmalfi

Facebook @chefdaniellamalfitano


Plant-Based Made Easy Facebook Group


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Standing On The Shoulders of Mighty Women. 

This podcast is about helping you follow your passions, create goals, take action and learn the tools and techniques to live the life your heart desires.

You’ll hear interviews with women who are following their passions, the steps they’re taking and the lessons they learned along the way. 

I also share my insights and experiences along the journey of following my passions and what I'm learning.

A Little History...

I started the podcast in November 2020. I was inspired to do it after hearing the recurrent fear and stress around finances from adult learners in classes about resilience that I was teaching at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast was then called ‘The Financially Free Woman’. At that time, I was very much into overcoming financial anxiety, something I myself experienced after a 6-figure business debt, losing my job as the family’s breadwinner and faced with job insecurity. 

Over time, I realised a common theme running through all of my podcast guests. They were following their passions, taking the steps to get there, and possessed a mindset that no matter what, they would figure it out. 

Despite the mistakes and missteps along the way, they just got back up and kept going. It was such an inspiration to watch and I finally understood in my heart that the whole point of life is to do what your heart is telling you to do and use your logical brain to take the actions needed. 

Since then, I've been standing on the shoulders of these mighty women and learning to better listen to my intuition, follow my passions and use my rational mind to create a life my heart desires. I share what my guests and I are learning about how we're doing this on the podcast.

I hope you’ll join us on this amazing journey!


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