Colo Kitchen

Real Food & Holistic Nutrition

About Me

Hello, I'm Stephanie Colo Manning, Holistic Nutrition Consultant

By eating real, whole, delicious food, I've put my autoimmune disease into remission and weaned off of prescription meds. I'm pursuing an M.S. in Holistic Nutrition, I've studied food and cooking for decades, and I've run my own catering business. 

My goal is to help you understand how to support your health, pave the road back to the kitchen, and see for yourself how real, whole, delicious food can completely change everything.

Why I Do This

I was an electrical engineer before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. Throughout these years, I've developed a love for good food, and the kitchen kept calling to me. I attended courses at the Culinary Institute of America, L’Academie de Cuisine, and specialty cooking classes in Boston, Savannah, and Virginia before building my own catering business. 

But over the decades, my Ulcerative Colitis (UC) kept slowing me down, and in 2012 it brought me to a complete halt.

After 30 years on UC meds, even steroids stopped working and I became terrified as I faced the prospect of biologics: monthly immune-suppressant I.V. injections for the rest of my life. Questioning conventional wisdom, I switched to an Integrative M.D., crossed my fingers, and pursued a dietary approach. Amazingly, within one month, my UC symptoms disappeared! 

A later setback (due to heavy antibiotics for Lyme) motivated me to go full-tilt with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, an amazing gut-healing protocol. As I healed, I noticed unexpected improvements in my sleep, mood, energy, and weight. I had no idea these were related to gut health!

With growing curiosity, I immersed myself in conferences, lectures, and research by leading experts in food, nutrition and health. Fully intrigued and committed, I decided to pursue an M.S. in Holistic Nutrition. The more I learn, the more I realize that diet is as much about preventative medicine as it is about healing. My husband and kids soon began to clean up their diets as well! Read my full story here.

Culinary Experience & Nutrition Training

Owner of Colo Kitchen Nutrition: Personal nutrition consulting, clean meals for busy families, cooking sessions, kitchen support, and other services to help you transition away from inflammatory foods and towards a nutrient-dense, real, whole food diet. 2013-present.

Founder of Food For Thought Initiative: A group of Loudoun County parents working to encourage our community to reduce the consumption of sugar and chemicals, while moving towards real, whole, non-processed foods. 2014-present.

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (candidate): Hawthorn University

Owner of Colo Catering: Catering & meals for busy families. 2010-2013.

Culinary Institute of America, Greystone: Career Explorations, St. Helena, CA. 1998.

L'Academie de Cuisine: Sauces; Dressings & Gravies; Chocolate Making, Bethesda, MD. 2006-2007.

Specialty training: Personal training by chef/owner of Caraway Cafe, Savannah, GA. 2011; Specialty Cheese-making classes in Boston, MA. 1995.

Nutrition conferences: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet "SCDRocks" Conference, 2018-2019, The Future of Nutrition Conference, 2014; The Gluten Summit. 2013; Reversing Diabetes Summit, 2014; SIBO SOS, 2017; and more.

Textbooks and other reading: Textbook of Natural Medicine, by Pizzorno & Murray; Integrative Medicine, by Rakel; Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, by Kohlstadt; The World's Healthiest Foods, by Mateljan; Introduction to the Human Body, by Tortora & Derrickson; Digestive Wellness, by Liz Lipski; Natural Detoxification, by Krohn & Taylor; Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon; Deep Nutrition, by Shanahan; The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book, by Lieberman; Nutrition Counseling and Education Skill Development, by Bauer & Liou; How to Be a Health Coach, by Jordan; Essentials of Managing Stress, by Seaward; Dr. Murray's Total Body Tune-Up, by Murray; Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, by Taubes; The Unhealthy Truth, by Robyn O'Brien; Salt, Sugar, Fat, by Michael Moss; and many more.

Previous Career & Education
Electrical Engineer and Product Manager: Various start-up and Industry-leading high tech companies including SMC, 3Com, Acacia Networks, and IDC, 1987-2000
B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering: State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987