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.
GROW. COOK. NOURISH.
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
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:
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
Other courses within Rouxbe
CHN – Certified Holistic Nutritionist Diploma
Natural Health Fundamentals
Nutrition Studies and Applications
Sports and Fitness Nutrition
CNC – Certified Nutritional Consultant Diploma
Anatomy and Physiology
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)
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine (Currently in the 1,000 hour Herbal Immersion Program to take my knowledge & experience further.)
Rosalee de la Foret
Various herbalists, workshops, classes and books
Various books and other online training’s for:
Gluten free cooking/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.