My philosophy on food and healing is based on the House of Health™ model I created.
Nutrition, as it is often taught, is downright boring and difficult to relate to in the real world. I believe that is more important to teach people about FOOD. Food is more fun, and it tastes better than all those nutrition facts and figures. My methods use hands-on learning because I believe experience is far more powerful than “book learning.”
At the turn of the century, I left a successful career in dentistry to pursue a more challenging career in nutrition. Not wanting to pursue typical “nutrition” education, I opted for a more holistic and integrative approach. Because I studied many different dietary systems, I can customize what works for an individual from a wide variety of choices. My dental education gives me a solid foundation in physiology and pharmacology so I understand how the body works on many levels.
Creating healthy connections to good food is my mission. Using the metaphor of a house, I’ll show you how to build better health from the ground up. An understanding of how our food gets from the farm to our table is an important part of this process a well as eating locally and seasonally. We’ve lost the connection to where our food comes from and how it fuels us. The answer does not lie in a pill. The answer to better health results from a solid connection to real food.
People need movement and physical activity in their lives to create optimum health. I encourage everyone to find a form of physical activity that they enjoy and to make it a consistent ingredient in their lives. Proper breathing and meditation are also essential for stress reduction and optimal health. I consider these to be another form of “food” that we all require. In the House of Health model, I’ll help you make your house a home, by using these non-caloric forms of nourishment.
Traditional medical providers focus on disease and “fixing” what’s broken by treating the symptom, not the cause of the problem. The holistic model, which I embrace, focuses on health and views the body as infinitely wise. This model embraces the whole person and gets to the root of the problem. Using food as a healing tool, I help my clients make changes in their food to regain health, energy, and balance in their lives.
Seven years later I have a flourishing health counseling practice. In addition to my one-on-one counseling, I educate, inspire, and empower groups of all ages through my workshops in my kitchen/office/garden space. I also run programs through out Westchester County and New York City. It’s such a pleasure to create food-based educational programs that are unique, fun and always delicious.
The food and pharmaceutical industries spend millions on marketing every year. We need to cut through the hype and get closer to the truth about what our bodies really need. Food politics affect all of us whether we are aware of it or not!
My lectures and workshops are life changing. You’ll begin to understand the self-healing nature of your body. The “take home lessons” are easy to incorporate into your daily activities in the real world. As a result, the way you view food will be forever altered. This is not just education, its inspiration that can result in a lifetime of radiant health.
Most importantly, my philosophy embraces fun as an essential nutrient. If it’s not fun, why do it? Fun boosts your metabolism, burns calories, builds immunity and has vast healing properties.