Meet Denise

Eat, Nurture & Live Glam!

Hey! Hey! Hey! I’m the founder and editor in chief of MAED. In a certain sense, my path to MAED began at the age of 12, when I signed with Ford Models and began appearing in magazines, like Elle and Marie Claire, and campaigns for global fashion and beauty brands. After transitioning to acting, I relocated from my native Brooklyn to Los Angeles, where I worked in film and television, including starring as Raquel in VH1’s “Single Ladies.” Two seasons into the series, I became pregnant. My daughter was born in February of 2015. The experience completely flipped the script.

As a model and actress, I had always paid attention to eating well and working out but now the stakes were higher. Motherhood is a 24/7 gig. There are no reshoots or stand-ins. Big life changes were triggered. I didn’t know that being a mother was so hard. I didn’t know that you could love anyone the way you love your child. I also didn’t know that I would take so much pride in my responsibilities as a mother. I was committed to raising my daughter as intentionally and naturally as possible. I began documenting my journey and our alternative choices via social media — from preparing plant-based clean meals and detoxing my home to hanging with my little one and making time for self-care. My followers’ DMs, tweets and comments soon made it clear: They wanted a permanent place to go for more info. So I created MAED.

My Favorite Supplements


I’ve trusted Thorne for more than a decade. I love that their supplements have no unnecessary additives or coatings, their ingredients are simply the nutritional support needed to nourish your body.

Does Your Prenatal Vitamin Have This?

With so many options available and different brands with various claims, it’s hard to know which is best. While each woman will have different needs, there are still necessary vitamins and minerals to look out for when choosing a prenatal supplement.

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Here’s Why It Matters

Only 50 percent of people meet the recommended levels of vitamin D. With so many of us working in front of computer screens, neglecting time outdoors, and slathering on sunscreen when we do go out, it’s no wonder so many of us aren’t getting the vitamin D our bodies need to thrive.

Since we know that vitamin D is important, how do we go about making sure we’re getting enough of it? Beyond that, how do we ensure that we’re consuming it in a way that is most effective? Read more by clicking the article below.

Getting the Vitamin D You Need

Non-Toxic Kitchen

Your Guide to Non-Toxic Cookware & Kitchen Utensils

Investing in safe cookware and kitchen accessories ensures that every meal made at home has a positive impact on you and your family’s health. Simply put, it doesn’t matter if you’re buying organic produce only to then cook in pots that are leaching harmful chemicals.

My Picks for Non-Toxic Cookware