When Erin McKenna learned that she had food allergies four years ago, she eliminated wheat, dairy, sugar and caffeine from her life. Craving cookies and cakes, she turned to cookbooks. "I thought it would be easy to find good recipes, but everything was so bad," she says. "My first cake looked like it was made from gel and I was told dairy-free, sugar-free icing was impossible." Her struggle to find tasty baked goods became the inspiration for BabyCakes NYC, her year-old vegan bakery in New York City. It took months of trial and error to get the recipes right—and longer to convince the skeptics. "Some people come and make fun of us to our faces, then they try something and keep coming back."
Erin McKenna's Healthy Attitudes
On exercise "I just bought a LifeFitness elliptical machine. It's the Cadillac of exercise equipment. I work out on it for 45 minutes every morning."