Whole Food Culinary Nutrition Educator

Hi there! My name is Wendy. I had always struggled with sugar and processed foods – my whole life. I am a product of a single mother trying to raise her 2 kids with the help from her mother, my grandmother. My grandmother allowed us to eat whatever we wanted, which unfortunately, led to very unhealthy habits.

On my journey to getting healthier, I came across the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program while signing up for a tennis class. I had no idea that this class would spark so much passion in me about how to eat well and to know the source of my food. It introduced me to food politics and led me to always buy and eat the best that I can.

I became a mom in late 2008. During my pregnancy, I didn’t eat any sugary things and avoided gluten for most of the time. I didn’t want my child to be hooked on sugar from the womb. It felt so awesome to be sugar free! My asthma was so much better. In fact, while pregnant, I could walk uphill without any issues. This was huge for me as walking uphill pre-pregnancy always presented a challenge for me!

After becoming a mom, I kept my corporate day job, while taking care of my family and taking classes to keep my NTP certification current. While taking care of everything else, I forgot to take care of me. While I tried to maintain a healthier lifestyle for my family, I was not taking care of myself. I wasn’t eating the best, I couldn’t fit in exercise, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, I wasn’t taking my vitamins.

It takes a lot of energy to plan out meals for the week. And then grocery shop. And to get dinner on the table at the end of the day after I’ve spent all morning getting my kid ready for school, making lunch, working 8 hours, helping my child with homework, getting her to extracurricular activities is overwhelming and nerve racking to say the very least. Where am I supposed to fit in exercise? And time to read a good book? And time to take get a haircut and take a nice bath?

I realized that I had to carve out time to do what matters the most to me. I needed to take care of myself before I can take care of my family. I will be sharing some tips and strategies on how to nurture and care for yourself to feel and look your best.

I have just completed the Culinary Nutrition Expert program through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. I am also a certified 21 DSD Sugar Detox Coach through Diane Sanfilippo. Because my daughter and I are prone to becoming insulin resistant or coming down with metabolic syndrome, I have decided to become a coach, so that I can stay accountable with my eating habits. I hope to inspire other overwhelmed parents to make similar lifestyle changes with the entire family.

People often ask me how I eat. They ask if I am a vegan or a vegetarian. My preference is to ditch the label. However, if I had to identify with a particular way of eating, I would say it’s Pegan, which was coined by Dr. Mark Hyman.

Eat real, whole food. Eat local, organic, non-GMO and seasonally. Eat the best that you can afford. You either pay now or you pay later for your health.

Grow food in your yard. Try growing a new vegetable or fruit every year. Shop at the farmer’s market and get to know your farmer.

Plant-based diet, gluten free, with lots of good fats. Grass-fed, free-range, wild-caught. Know your farmers and their practices.

Don’t count calories. Be flexible. Eat as close to whole food as possible. Be mindful when eating. Sit down, slow down, relax, enjoy your food. Every bite you put into your mouth, should be enjoyable and guilt free. Nourish your body.

Stress bio-individuality. Food can be one person’s medicine and it can be another one’s poison. Take notice when certain foods don’t agree with you. I believe in honoring your body and eat what makes you feel good physically, mentally, spiritually.

"I was so delighted to go to your cooking class. Everything tasted amazing and I left the class feeling full, satisfied and very inspired. This was the best cooking class I have ever been to and I left feeling like I was prepared to make some delicious and nutritious meals."

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