Nutrition: Health Begins With What We Put In Our Bodies

Hi Everybody!

I’ve never “blogged” before….it’s my first time. I thought I’d start a blog on wellness… as it’s something that I’m very interested in. When I say wellness, I believe that incorporates anything from nutrition, to fitness, to nature to anything that makes you feel peaceful. Overall health and well-being.

I will share my findings, and also can’t wait to hear your thoughts and tips on all of the above!

I’ll start with nutrition. I think wellness begins with what we put in our bodies. It just makes sense.

I’ve been a vegan for 3 years now. Which means I don’t eat anything that comes from animals…including dairy. Yes, I cheat now and then. Especially the occasional sushi or dessert. But overall I feel it’s the healthiest for me to stick to a plant based diet. To put it simply, (straight out of ‘The China Study’ book): “Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet, while minimizing the consumption of refined foods, added salt and fats.”

One of my favorite things about living here in Southern California is all the healthy alternatives we have. Not only do we have all the fresh fruits and veggies from our local farmers, but it’s also easy to go almost anywhere in town and find a delicious vegan meal, no problem! I would love to hear some of your favorite vegan restaurants, as I am always looking for new places. A few around the station I love are Hugo’s, Vegan Plate, SunPower Natural Cafe and Madeleine Bistro. Yum. If I’m short on time, I can always pop into Whole Foods for something quick and nutritious.

I also find it’s pretty easy to make simple, healthy vegan meals at home. One of my favorite things to do is go to the Farmer’s Market and make a fresh, tasty meal for friends and family….they don’t even notice it’s vegan anymore! Here is my most popular treat:

Brushetta With a Twist

  • Brush olive oil onto french bread, rub with garlic. Broil till warm and golden brown.
  • In a bowl, mix avocado and lemon juice. Spread onto bread. Cut up fresh tomato, red onion and basil and put on top!

Simple and always a crowd pleaser.


If you are interested on reading more on this topic, here are some books that I love and have found to be very informative:

The China Study by T.Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Thrive by Brendan Brazier

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  • Going_Whole

    Jackie. Yes I agree, I’m looking at reading “The Life Plan” by Jeffry Life. Talks about incorporating whole, raw foods. 70% vegetables/fruit (plant based), 20% proteins and 10% whole grains (plant based). Reversing the government’s ‘food pyramid’ of heavy daily starches.

    More healthy (and good looking) people like you should be spreading the word!

    • RJ

      Hi Jackie, when you get a moment you should check out Gratitude Cafe on Larchmont Blvd. Excellent vegan food!

    • Jackie Johnson

      Thanks for the info!

      • Judi Brown

        Hi Jackie, I read that China Study in: HEALTHY at 100 – How You Can – at any age – Dramatically Increase Your Life Span and Your Health Span, by John Robbins. Dean Ornish, M.D. acclaims it. I purchased that book at Whole Foods Market. .
        You are a classic forecaster!
        JCB – 95% vegan (–Was the wife of a meteorologist – NOAA)


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  • Jordon papanier

    Jackie. I don’t think I could live on just a plant diet. More power to you and those who can. We hear that red meat is not good fou us but what about pork? Is it’s fat content to high for us?
    Have a great weekend. Jordon

    • Jackie Johnson

      Thanks for your comment. Try switching to fish. Have a great weekend.

  • Joseph Grahn

    Hello Jackie, Good thoughts for health and strenght. First is finding things you enjoy, make a commitment to a heathy diet . That can be diverse and complex. Ethnic ,religious and trendy foods are often the best.More good habits,best of health..

    • Jackie Johnson

      Yes, key is finding healthy foods that you actually like! Good point. Thanks! JJ

  • Desiree

    Hi Jackie,

    Where did you get the blue and white dress you are wearing today? I love it!

    • Jackie Johnson

      Thanks! Nordstrom (but last year).

  • Herbalife

    Hi Jackie, I used to eat alot of junk food and high sugar/carb foods. I know take Herbalife products I absolutely love them, I have more energy and I feel great! My husband lost 42 lbs and I have gained 10lbs lean muscle! Good nutrition is so important in today’s society! I get Herbalife products from and I take the core nutrition products or the quick start program!

  • The Chairman

    From a philosophical perspective, I want to respectfully suggest that perhaps you may be overdoing it. You are seemingly focused exclusively on the body to the seeming detriment of mind and spirit. This is NOT to be taken as an insult. Likewise if you said to me “Homie, you need to work on the chassis,” I’d be the first to agree because I’ve been too busy learning and expanding my mind. Rather, this suggestion comes from Buddhist philosophy and is not meant to offend or proselytize, merely to make you think. The body inevitably ages and fails with time. Los Angeles [and many of your co-workers] has a notoriety for cosmetic plastic surgery which amounts to window dressing on a ramshackle house when one does not develop character, although again, this is not aimed at you; I am illustrating the folly of others. The bottom line is this: when things start heading south with the years, what will be left over?

    Sorry if I overcomplicated your initial blog post or in any way ruined it. I think it worse to oversimplify like the previous posters and focus exclusively on the superficial.

    This is a wonderful start for a first blog post. If I may make a request for future blog posts, express yourself. Let us know who the real Jackie Johnson is. I know for a fact she’s more than a veggie plate who fills a dress very very nicely. Heh heh, that’s my brand of humor… hope I don’t offend. I’m usually more blunt.

    Peace out!

  • The Chairman

    Blind, stupid and hateful is no way to go through life.

  • The Chairman

    Sorry, Jackie, I tracked a turd in on the bottom of my shoe.

  • L Ho

    just a simple rule, anything taste good is filled w/cholesterol

  • The Chairman

    Apparently you are an idiot magnet, Jackie.

  • Tom S.

    Hi Jackie, I had a stroke 4 years ago at the age of 37. I contribute a lot to such a poor diet. Once out of the hospital, I put the medical drugs away and dramatically changed my diet. In one month I lowered my cholesterol by almost 100 points! I now purchase a lot from local farmers, I even harvest edible plants and herbs. It is so important what we put into our bodies, as it effects EVERYTHING! It’s sad that some worry more about the fuel they put into their cars than into their own body. Thank you for this excellent blog! I’m in Ventura, I highly recommend Mary’s Secret Garden and in Ojai HIP.

  • Victor Wong

    Check out my friends restaurants…Native Foods. Tanya was my wife’s roomate in college and when they went to Japan after college and we love to visit her restaurants! I know she has one in Palm Desert and one in Westwood. I believe she was opening up a few more. You’ll love them, too.

  • Pat

    Good stuff ! pun intended ! I am and always have been a meat eater, but have also thought of maybe going vegan for a bit. Its amazing how your body responds to certain foods good or bad. After reading your blog I am going to take a step forward to see if I could benefit in having a diet in this manner. I am open to at least give it a try..Jackie keep it coming and I’ll seeing you on the next weather report !!

  • Torres


    Where does a vegan gets protein without red meat


  • Mo

    hI Jackie!
    Please check out my Vegan/No Sodium/No Gluten/0-1g sugar morsels:
    I created these for my Dad, a diabetic & heart patient and I agree with you: a clean, whole, real food based diet is paramount to a healthy lifestyle.
    Looking forward to more of your blogs!

  • Joseph

    Hello Jackie,Foods from a long traditional history,those that survive the earths famons and rich in color, increase resistance mobility and sensitivity. Spices, herbs,minerals and fluids allow us to eat volumes of food. Humans adapt to diet extremely well. Variety makes the body happy!!!

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  • Jackie Johnson

    Thank you for reading! II’ve enjoyed the comments and hearing your tips! I will have another blog post on Monday. Have a great weekend. JJ

  • Smitty

    Hi Jackie,

    I’m Smitty, one of your biggest SoCal fans; I had a billion dollar thought! After reading this blog, it seems that you might consider sitting down with your producers and asking for a 5- 15 minute pilot slot to do your very own segment. I think it’s fair to say, that from the outside in, you look pretty comfortable in your role as a weather forecaster; however, just like Oprah when she started out in news, you too have a strong presence on camera that exceeds your current position. I’d think you’d do great in your own “Jackie knows fitness (beauty, make-up, women’s health, fashion, love, etc..)! I believe you get the point; nevertheless, you should at least consider polling or doing a sample survey on the home page to see what others think….hope you consider it!
    Love ya Jackie!


  • Jeff Z.


    Also a first timer…..not too sure how this “Blogging” works. Ok, Here we go.

    I “Blend” ervery Morning with Raw Veggies, Fruits, Misc. Dry Bran & Soy Protein Powder.

    Great energy pack to start the day especially for Surfing & Mind Focus.


  • `D

    JJ….. did not know you were Vegan, but then again how could I right…
    ( weather ) :) we are vegans or meat eaters, we all need to remember that what we put in ourselves will effect how we feel, think, and percieve what life brings us each day. our excersize is so important. there is so much more to say…….. well, maybe another time. Thank you for the opportunity to say hello and share a thought. ~D

  • joseph

    Hello, brocoli cooked,steamed boiled sauted, drain add olive oil and lemon juice,season to taste. Delicious hot or serve cold.

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