What’s your health style/philosophy?

Since change is inevitable, why not take charge by having an active involvement in steps we can take to make life better?

I love food, and I believe we thrive when we focus on making delicious, positive additions to our menu. To be sustainable, our food choices shouldn’t be about deprivation. Seasonal, plant-based meals can be delicious AND nutritious, and are just right for both everyday and holidays or special occasions.

And while I strongly believe that good food is the foundation of good health, it doesn’t end there.  For total wellbeing —the kind that has you waking in the morning feeling rested and full of energy — I also rely on proper hydration, plenty of sleep, physical activity, intellectual challenge, music, love, and laughter.


What does a plant-based health-style mean?

Whole, complete foods that come from the earth, loaded with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, and protein.

Preferably organic, local, and seasonal…always delicious! And while I prefer a fully plant-based approach for myself, there’s no reason you can’t simply incorporate well-sourced, farm-raised meats or fish if that works best for you. Truly, the goal is getting back to basics, with real, mouthwatering food that doesn’t come from a factory.

I can show you how or, if you prefer, I can make it for you! All your favorites & soon-to-become favorites, with a healthier twist!


What foods should I avoid?

Not gonna be preachy here…you’re the boss of you! But science does point to certain foods being a source of numerous health concerns. Some of those are:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Refined Sugar
  • Heavily Processed Foods

Regardless of whether you’ve been diagnosed with an allergy or sensitivity, most people find improved health and well being when removing these ingredients from their diet.


Where do I begin?

One small, delicious bite at a time! I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed!

Try a healthy smoothie in the morning, even if you’re not quite ready to make one that’s GREEN!

I can help you get started — whether you want to try a few small bites or are ready to jump in with a weekly plan.

If you’d like to spend more time with friends, consider getting a group together for “Cocktails with Class,” a fun opportunity to socialize and learn how to prepare and enjoy some favorite tapas or hors d’oeuvres.


Will I need to buy a bunch of exotic/expensive ingredients?

Not really. While lots of media hype is given to trendy superfoods that can be a bit hard to find in your local market, you don’t need them.  Fabulous, fulfilling meals can be yours with just the basics like seasonal vegetables, fruits, legumes, and gluten free grains like quinoa and rice.  If organic ingredients don’t make sense for your budget or are hard to come by where you live, perhaps you can at least follow the guidelines of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.


What can you do for me?

I can help you achieve your happiest, healthiest you!

I’ll assist you in finding the most delicious ways to reach your personal health goals, whether that means running a marathon or managing a specific health challenge! I can free up precious hours you’d rather be spending with family and friends, and I can help you and your loved ones reclaim the value of gathering around the table!


Do I need special kitchen equipment?

 

I use my high-powered blender or immersion blender several times a day, and a food processor a few times a week. I won’t lie, I wouldn’t really want to part with those. But the truth is, you can prepare great meals with some basic kitchen tools (i.e. chef’s knife, measuring cups, a few pots and pans). One of the most creative and talented cooks I know is currently turning out amazing food for her family of five from  the kitchen of an RV in which they are currently traveling throughout North America!


Where do you get your protein in a plant-based diet?

Most research shows vegans and vegetarians do, in fact, get enough protein. (http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/how-can-i-get-enough-protein-the-protein-myth). Some sources of plant-based proteins include quinoa, nuts and seeds, and broccoli. There are also lots of great tasting plant-based protein powders available these days. (Two brands that I like are Sun Warrior and Vega.)


What Is A Culinary Nutrition Expert?

Culinary Nutrition Expertise includes:

  • A thorough understanding of the impact food choices have on health and specific health conditions
  • The ability to develop meal plans in accordance with various dietary goals and objectives
  • Recipe development and testing
  • Teaching cooking classes /workshops
  • Cooking/catering private dinners or events
  • Weekly in-home meal prep for individuals or families