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 Hamptons. 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,
Everyone's got a story. Mine runs long, so I'll (try to) keep it brief:
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.
I survived a cancer diagnosis at 8 and after a year and a half of chemotherapy was left in pretty rough shape. I struggled with my weight and various health issues for years afterwards, finally getting my shit together once I started consuming a mostly plant-based diet rich in whole foods.
The best compliment I've ever received was when a client told me she could taste the love in my food. For years, I struggled to find my "calling", but believe that this is it: prepare healthy, delicious, vegetable-focused food in thoughtful, creative ways. 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, all the time. 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