I am a Holistic Chef.
Chefs come from a variety of disciplines and each one of us has his/her own unique style. Some chefs love to cook Italian food. Other chefs focus on sustainability or budget-friendly cuisine. My specialization is cooking for people with medically necessary diets, who require nutritional support to achieve their health goals and heal from major illnesses.
I chose this path because I was sick for a very long time, and mainstream doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me. After years of searching for answers, I found a wonderful naturopathic doctor who looked at my diet to discover the source of my problems. Removing gluten and dairy turned out to be the miracle I’d been looking for. All of my symptoms began to disappear and I felt better than I had in years. This set into motion a new path for me that involved cooking to heal, otherwise known as culinary medicine.
What Is Culinary Medicine?
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates.
Culinary medicine is a practice that supports the body in its natural healing and recovery processes through eating real, whole foods. It focuses on “crowding out” the foods that are causing inflammation by focusing on adding in more nutrient-rich ones. We’re now learning more than ever, and I’m living proof, that the food you eat can absolutely change everything. That also goes for what you DON’T eat. There is incredible power in the foods that you choose NOT to eat because of how poorly they make you feel.
Navigating these foods choices along with food allergies or recovering from a health crisis can be a very daunting process. There are a lot of mixed messages and food claims out there. But I believe in starting simply with basic principles that will help boost your immune system, energy and overall well being. Here is where I would suggest you start on your culinary medicine journey…..
How To Heal Through Food
- Slowly remove common allergens, like gluten, soy and dairy, from your diet. (My blog is filled with great recipes to help you along.) Take one food at a time if you need to, so that you can adjust and find healthy replacements in your meals.
- Replace sugars and chemically-derived treats with natural sweeteners and homemade desserts.
- If you eat meat, purchase the best quality that you can. I opt for organic and grassfed animal products as much as possible.
- Fill half of your plate with fresh vegetables—and reduce your pesticide consumption by opting for organics.
- Eat in season. Look for what’s most abundant in your area… nature always knows best! Those leafy greens will taste better if they are in season.
- Avoid eating raw foods if your digestion is sluggish. Gently cooked foods and soothing soups are easier on your system.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. A good rule is to consume half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 120 pounds, 60 ounces or 7.5 cups is ideal.
Most importantly, get help if you need it. After years of navigating my health issues alone, my mission is to support others in their healing journeys and teach them how to love food again. Contact me to get started with my Health-Supportive Personal Chef or Nutrition Services.