Your individual needs, at your pace, step-by-step
- Real whole food
- Nutrient-dense & delicious
- Reducing inflammation
I provide personal nutrition consulting, practical daily support, clean meals, and cooking sessions. We work together step-by-step to understand what may be causing your symptoms, support your health through diet and lifestyle changes, improving your motivation, developing mouth-watering recipes, menus, and meal plans, enhance cooking or shopping skills, sorting through conflicting health info, and more. I do this work because changing my diet and lifestyle changed my life (see my story).
The Way I See Food
Falling Back in Love with Food
We are so fortunate to live where fresh, real, whole food abounds, readily available to nourish our bodies. Access to real food is a privilege often neglected.
When we make real food a priority, we fall back in love with the beautiful flavors and textures that Mother Nature intended. We give our bodies tools for aging gracefully, healing, growing, thriving. All without feeling one bit deprived. When we eat delicious nutrient-dense meals, we feel full and we stop counting calories. We notice how bad the other stuff tastes and how bad it makes us look and feel. When we make real food a priority, our bodies love us for it.
Even the simplest dietary changes can improve one's wellness with improved sleep, mood, energy and weight. On this journey, one can experience the most amazing results, even to the extent of resolving chronic symptoms.
Convenience Over Health?
Our busy lives can lead us to turn a blind eye to what we know to be true: we are what we eat.
We slip into habits of convenience over health. Food-on-the-run, processed food, hybridized wheat at every meal, fake-healthy foods, and "things" with eternal shelf-life. These are merely cheap fillers, ridden with gluten, sugar, GMOs, antibiotics, bad fats, additives, preservatives, flavorings, colorings and addictive chemicals. They trigger inflammation and they harm us.
Inflammation: Our Bodies are Speaking to Us
Inflammation is the body’s natural immune response, creating swelling and pain to protect us, and telling us something's wrong. But when the body is under constant assault, unbridled inflammation becomes the root cause of disease: GI problems, auto-immunity, arthritis, thyroid, allergies, food sensitivities, asthma, eczema, heart disease, leaky gut, cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, ADHD, autism, anxiety, migraines, Alzheimer’s…
Chronic inflammation underlies almost every chronic health issue plaguing our society today. It appears at younger and younger ages, or it lies quietly for years before it suddenly manifests anywhere in the body, seemingly out of the blue.
Food as a Major Contributor
Over the past generation (around the advent of "TV Dinners"), the industrialization of food, convenience foods, and our over-scheduled society have pushed real, whole food aside. We are now seeing the long-term effects of the “Standard American Diet” that many of us were raised on and learned to feed our own families. Though we have eradicated the epidemic infectious diseases of yesteryear, today’s epidemic chronic diseases are born within our own bodies.
Turning to Real Food
Though we cannot control every toxic burden contributing to inflammation, we have much control over a most dominating influence: The food we eat. Few choices we make have as powerful an effect on our health as what we choose to eat. Eating real food boosts the immune system, supports gut flora, reduces inflammation, and enhances gene expression.
The body is a healing machine - when given excellent nutrition, even after decades of damage, its natural tendencies to heal take over. Hippocrates said, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine.” I can help you get back into the kitchen and show you how easy it is to make Real Food a more delicious, more important part of your life!