There are two things that I tell each and every one of my clients on a regular basis:
no single diet is right for everyone and everything in moderation.
Though I strongly believe in a diet based on leafy greens and fresh fruits and vegetables, we are all unique beings requiring different foods to look and feel our best. What we choose to build upon that plant-based foundation with, depends on many different factors. I strive to support clients' unique needs and goals through highly personalized menus comprised of whole, real foods that are local, seasonal and organic whenever possible. Ingredients are sourced from local farms and purveyors, natural foods markets and, when animal protein is requested, grass fed, pastured, sustainable and compassionate practices are what I look for.
Not only is no single diet right for everyone, but adhering to a strict regimen at all times is unsustainable and often leads to burn out and binge-eating. There are many a marketing campaign and "wellness guru" that will try to persuade us to consume the latest "superfood" or partake in the trendiest health-food craze. The best advice is this: everything in moderation -- and, yes, that includes kale.
Currently, I'm the chef at Bhumi Farms, a not-for-profit, certified organic mixed vegetable farm in East Hampton, NY. We are located at 131 Pantigo Road, right before East Hampton Town Hall.
I also offer personal chef, catering, cooking instruction and consulting services (which include customized cleanse and detox programs!) to clients in NYC and the East End. Please visit the contact page to schedule a free consultation.
Upcoming classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health&Culinary Arts:
August 10, 2017@6:30PM: Vegan Farm-to-Table, Summer Menu
August 22, 2017@6:30PM: DIY Detox, Summer Menu,
Originally from a small town outside Scranton, Pennsylvania, I grew up on the edge of suburban and rural living. We went to the local dairy farm for milk and visited the local farmers market for our produce. I'd make ice cream with my dad on our back porch and grew herbs and vegetables in my garden.
After surviving a childhood bout with cancer, I was left in rough shape. For years, I struggled with my weight and various health issues, finally turning things around in my early twenties when I began consuming a mostly plant-based diet rich in whole foods. The improvements in my health were so profound, that I was inspired to quit my day job on Wall Street and enroll in the Chefs Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Since, I've worked in the kitchens of high-end restaurants, cleanse companies, school cafeterias, private homes, pop-up events and, for the last three summers, an organic farm.
The best compliment that I've ever received was when a client told me she could taste the love in my food. My dishes are thoughtfully developed, clean, balanced, immensely flavorful and satisfying. I don't know about you (though, I imagine that if you've found yourself here, we're probably on the same page), but I want to live a healthy, happy life AND enjoy delicious, satisfying food, at all times. This is possible and I can help you do it. I like to say that I make real food for real people.
Photos courtesy of Paige Kubicz ©2015