My Why:

I have spent many years learning the ins and outs of nutrition. Functional, holistic and culinary nutrition are all a type of a nutrition focus/practice that I hold certifications in. While learning as much as I could about nutrition, I’ve spent just as many hours in the kitchen cooking for my family. I have 3 amazing teenage boys, who eat a lot! I have also done many cooking courses over the years, including Rouxbe’s Plant Based Professional course and the CNE program from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. (You can find my education/certifications below.) I have had some form of a garden growing food and flowers for the past 13+ years. This doesn’t count the carnivorous plants, succulents or irises I have helped my son who has Aspergers (like me) grow over the past 15+ years. He also has a love of growing things and is pursuing classes in horticulture at the local college so I have learned a great deal from him too.

I think everybody should know how to grow their own food and cook from scratch and the why behind it. I think a plant heavy, whole foods diet whether you are vegan, paleo or somewhere in between is so very beneficial for wellness. I do not think you need to be vegan or vegetarian to reap the benefits of plant-based/plant-centered whole food eating. I absolutely love teaching and sharing my knowledge and hands on experience with others in a way that makes it easy for them to understand. Teaching is something I feel called to do, what I have always been meant to do. With the right teacher/coach and guidance you can become an amazing gardener and cook with no prior experience! You can learn to make your own herbal preparations, live holistically and seasonally and feel connected to nature. I love sharing techniques to make the most of your harvest, farmers market haul or CSA pick up. Whether it’s uncooking, steaming, roasting, fermenting, etc I can show you how to make it easy and delicious.


Here is a list of some of my professional training and education:

Academy of Culinary Nutrition and Meghan Telpner:

CNE – Culinary Nutrition Expert Program graduated with Honors

Fundamentals of Fermentation

Certified Instructor

Everyday Herbal

Healthy At Home

7 Day No Sugar Challenge

Biz Rocking Insider Program


Chef and Teacher Training for Raw/Living Foods

The Raw Chef, Russell James and some with Amy Levin:

Weekday Raw

The Raw Chef at Home

The Raw Chef Desserts at Home

Explore: Foundations of Raw Chocolate

Develop: Creativity with Raw Chocolate

Raw Fermentation at Home

Mini-Course on Raw Food Styling

Rouxbe Cooking School:

Professional Plant-Based Pro Certification

Plants Plus

Other courses within Rouxbe

Alive Academy:

CHN – Certified Holistic Nutritionist Diploma

Natural Health Fundamentals

Nutrition Studies and Applications

Sports and Fitness Nutrition

Vegetarian Nutrition

CNC – Certified Nutritional Consultant Diploma

Anatomy and Physiology

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Counseling

Certified Functional Nutrition Coach with Josh Gitalis:

Functional Nutrition Program

Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplements in Practice

Advanced Clinical Focus- Digestion and GI Health

Advanced Clinical Focus- Detoxification and Biotransformation

Advanced Clinical Focus- Hormones and Endocrinology

Advanced Clinical Focus- Mental Health and Neurology

Applied Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Blood work Workshop

Functional Lab Testing

Gluten Free Baking Academy with YumUniverse (Now Called Good Food Cooking School):

Good Food Cooking Basics

Gluten Free Puff Pastry

Gluten Free Bread Basics

Active-Dry Yeasted Breads

Classic Cookies Course

Everyday Fermented Foods


Kitchen Garden Academy from Gardenary

Garden Coach Society with Gardenary (completed the Garden Coach certification)

Joe Lamp’l courses/trainings (Organic Gardening Academy)

Numerous hours on YouTube with Epic Gardening, Growing a Greener World, Charles Dowding, Roots and Refuge and so many more! Not to mention numerous podcasts.


Shinpiden Training and beyond with Frans Stiene and Bronwen Logan of The International House of Reiki (Current student, continuing training, also re-sat Shinpiden in 2015)

Certified Reiki teacher, past teachers include Patricia Rose Upczack (level 1), Laurelle Gaia and Michael Baird (level 1&2 combined class), Dr. Gianna Settin level 3 known as ART/RMT)

Herbal Medicine:

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine (Currently in the 1,000 hour Herbal Immersion Program to take my knowledge & experience further.)

Herb Mentor

Learning Herbs

Rosalee de la Foret

Various herbalists, workshops, classes and books

Various books and other online training’s for:

Gluten free cooking/food

Raw food



Plant based cooking and nutrition

Herbs, both medicinal and culinary (Herb Mentor, Rosalee de la Foret, Rosemary Gladstar and more!)

Gardening, propagating plants, plant care, plant families, etc.

Growing food, everything from seed starting to harvesting

Preserving food in its various forms





Participated in numerous juicing and smoothie challenges as well as raw food groups

Amelia Freer’s The Joy Of Healthy Eating

The Vegetarian Kitchen: Anna Jones’ Guide to Modern Cooking

Always learning! Always holding a beginners mind.

My passion is to share all that I have learned through both personal experience and professional training in a fun and easily accessible way. I want to help you on your journey. I know that this journey is yours, the time is now to start #nourishingyourbliss. Look for one on one, private, group, hands on, and demo style classes. Being a mom to 3 boys (ages 20, 18 & 15) I love working with other moms growing and using food as medicine.

My mission is simple: Helping You Grow In The Garden, The Kitchen & Beyond.

~Blessings, Candice

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