Hello! My name is Vevian and I love cooking, fitness, and living in sunny California. I was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to Michigan when I was 1 year old. I grew up cooking traditional Arabic food with my mom, picking grape leaves for dolma, cleaning parsley for tabouleh, and grinding nuts for baklava. I enjoy creating new recipes with people, showing them how eating healthy food can actually be delicious as well!
I went to school to be a massage therapist, and did that professionally for about 6 years. I embarked on my passion for cooking nearly 9 years ago. It all started when I was a household manager/cook/nanny for a family. I made dinner for the family every night, cooked for guests that visited and helped host dinner parties. Cooking began to be my favorite part of that job! I began to get compliments from my boss and all of their extended family members as well. As I was working for this family, I started my Instagram account (@fitalicious_me) as my journal to the world. I was going through a lot at that time, and the small community of Instagram (at that time) felt like family.
October 2012 I moved to Chicago hoping to start a meal prep business. I realized that's not really what I wanted to do so in December 2012 I launched my first e-book/cookbook. The following week I did a post on my Instagram saying: “I’d love to help you personally jump start 2013...just pay for my flight". I will cook, workout and grocery shop with you, and I would support myself through my e books. I got 100's of emails from all over the country! That year I lived with 23 families all over the USA!
December 26, 2013 I packed all my belongings in my car and a small trailer and started my 2100 mile road trip/move from Chicago to my new home in Huntington Beach, California. I started teaching cooking classes in my apartment, and in other peoples home. I met my Ben April 2014 and got married 2 months later! As they say, when you know, you know. :)
Since then I have lived with almost 50 families around the world including Toronto, Nigeria, and Washington DC and have a total of 10 e-books. My mission is to teach people how eating healthy can not only taste delicious, but can also be affordable! My journey is only just beginning, thanks for coming along for the ride!