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Tara, Holistic Nutritionist

I am a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant (NC) and have been interested in the healing properties of food for as long as I can remember. I often get asked how I got into food and I think it is due to my lifelong hyper-sensitivity to my environment, especially food. Seemed like everything I ate or touched reacted with my body and that interested me, still does. 

As a kid, I rolled dough into tiny apples and pears for my doll-house. When I was 12 years old, I opened up a cafe in my family kitchen and called it ‘Fat Mamas’…with ironically, a healthy menu. As a teenager, I created allergen-free recipes for my mom’s Montessori school and later a small cookbook.

In college I studied early childhood education with my nose in a nutrition book or at the natural food isle reading ingredient labels. On the day of graduation, I drove to California to apprentice with Cornelia Aihara, a Japanese chef and teacher, who taught me what I know about yin and yang principles and how they apply to food and the body. At 24, I was at Esalen in Big Sur baking sourdough bread, yogurt, and allergen-friendly treats. It was in this little kitchen that I let loose and ditched many of my cookbooks. While there I spent some time cooking at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and got to know the stillness and peace that can be infused into food preparation.

Then I became pregnant and the world stopped in the way it does when you have a baby. My son was born at home and all went well until he started eating solids. He had a perpetual bloated belly, diarrhea, and only wanted to nurse. When he was a few days shy of 2 years old he was listless and admitted to the hospital for weight loss, dehydration, and digestive issues. He was diagnosed with borderline Celiac Disease and I was told to avoid giving him “too much gluten”. This was back in the day when gluten intolerance was not well known like it is now. By that time, I knew enough about the nature of food to know that I needed to do more than avoid gluten and so I eliminated the common allergens (soy, corn, gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs) from his diet and with diligence my son regained health.

Watching my son transform with a change of diet inspired me to learn more. I traveled to study with Cynthia Briscoe, healing counselor and mother of six, to study how food can help a variety of health conditions; especially those that stem from yeast overgrowth and a damaged digestive tract. I also attended The Culinary Academy to become a personal therapeutic chef for people with serious health conditions. After many years of cooking medicinally (and having another baby) I felt ready to step into an educator role where I could have a stronger impact. I wanted to teach people how to fish and feed themselves for a lifetime, rather than prepare them fish that would only feed them for a day. I hung up my chef hat and attended Bauman College where I earned my certificate as a Holistic Nutrition Consultant.

These days, my nutritional work revolves around offering customized support to individuals on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) and doing food readings. I also work as an Intuitive Channel offering guidance in a down to earth manner to help answer questions about relationships, career, and health. To keep me on my toes, I am on call most days of the year for new moms who would like placenta capsules prepared. I live in the heart of Vermont with my family; raising my boys and loving my husband. When not cooking up a storm, or culturing this or that, you can find me writing, romping in the woods, or on my yoga mat 💜

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