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Whole and Healthy From the Inside Out.

Let Food Transform Your Life

As a child I would watch my mom cook incessantly. My favorite memory was walking into the house after school to the smells wafting from the kitchen, permeating the house and trying to guess what was cookin’. Although I received my Bachelors degree in marketing and got a job in sales rather than to go to culinary school, as soon as I was on my own I started cooking for myself and subsequently, my family. Just as my mom’s cooking brought much delight to our immediate family and those who gathered around our table, I wanted to create a similar experience for my young family and friends. 
 

My love for cooking turned into a love for baking as well. Baking a batch of homemade cookies is much healthier than buying a bag of cookies at the grocery store, right? That is until that becomes a bi-weekly ritual and I would eat more than the rest of the family. As my family started to grow I relied on large casseroles to satiate them. Unbenounced to me at the time; the noodles, canned soups, table salt and crackers crumbled on top were not the best choice of ingredients. Over the years, I was gaining weight (despite my daily exercise) and felt my energy diminish. Many years later I would come to realize a few important facts; that you can’t out exercise your diet and ingredients matter.  ​ It was through a podcast where I was challenged to decipher if I was using the gifts that God had uniquely given me to serve others. I most definitely was not. It was then in 2015 that I announced to my husband that I’m hanging up the sales job and moving into the obvious role of teaching cooking classes (something I knew nothing about). Thank goodness for my good-natured husband and the internet, where I could research how exactly I was going to go about this change. In the course of my research I came across many different styles of classes but the ones that caught my attention were those that focused on health. This led me down a rabbit hole of research and participating in a 10-day detox which eliminated inflammatory foods and toxins with minimal exercise. The result, I felt better than I had ever felt in my life. I had lost a few pounds, had greater mental clarity, my skin was glowing and I had more energy than I ever thought possible at 47 years of age.  ​ I couldn’t keep this a secret. I had to share this with whomever would listen. I would have to incorporate this into my cooking classes. I began to read and research as much I could about whole, organic foods and humanely raised meats and the positive effects it has on our bodies. I realized that the quality of food matters and ultra processed foods are literally killing us. I went back to class and received my health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I had to spread the word that we could obtain optimal health with the right foods.

Education and Certifications

  • Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative

  • Nutrition ServSafe

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (Bsc.)

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