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Tara, Holistic Nutritionist

I’ve been diagnosed with a various health issues and know how uncomfortable life can be in a body that is far from comfortable. I grew up the middle of 5 kids and a busy family and anchored into a body with a dripping nose, itchy eyes, tight lungs, and fiery brain.

My mother drove hours to source organic (1980, good food hard to find) and she kept a garden and chickens. Her efforts combined with my desire to stop taking prescribed drugs, fueled my desire to feel better.

Took awhile to connect dots between food and how I felt and longer to understand how childhood/adult stressors factored into my health. I’ve since come to see the emotional landscape as more tricky to traverse then food; especially when trauma is involved. 

Growing Up 

At 12, I opened Fat Mama’s in my family kitchen; a restaurant with a healthy menu and at 14, I created allergen-free recipes for my mom’s Montessori school. In college, I worked at one of the first Whole Foods and stopped eating at the school cafeteria. I started fasting, dowsing wheatgrass shots, and doing colonics.

Yin & Yang

On graduation day, I left for CA. and found a book, Zen Macrobiotics, that inspired me to apprentice with Japanese teacher, Cornelia Aihara, and learn traditional principles of yin/yang. I cooked medicinally, chanted, walked barefoot in dew, and applied ginger compresses to those with terminal cancer; watching the water turn black from discharge. 

Esalen

In my 20’s, I trained in Esalen massage and baked for the Big Sur community in a boisterous kitchen where anything goes (except violence). I let loose, shaved my head, and cooked with flexibility while maintaining the inner discipline I’d come to cherish. While there, I had the opportunity to cook in the quiet kitchen at Tassajara Zen Monastery.

Pregnancy

In 2001, I became pregnant with my oldest and had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) for 12 weeks. In 2006, I became pregnant again and miscarried a baby girl. In 2007, I once again became pregnant and experienced HG for 40 weeks. I was unable to eat or drink more than a teaspoon of water without vomiting and took medication meant for people in chemotherapy. These pregnant periods instilled empathy for others moving through challenging experiences.

Celiac

When my oldest started solids, he became bloated/diarrhea/vomiting and doctors didn’t know how to help. At age 2, I admitted him to intensive care for weight loss, listlessness, and dehydration and diagnosed with ‘borderline Celiac disease’. I was told to avoid giving him too much gluten. I did more than that. I took on a better job so I could be with him more, then I eliminated gluten and all allergens (nuts, soy, eggs, etc.) and watched him bloom. This transformation motivated me to continue learning how food can heal and harm.

Balance

By 34, I was having panic attacks and at rock bottom with my health challenges. I felt swallowed by life. Thankfully, a Naturopath took time to diagnose systemic yeast overgrowth and I used B.E.D. to find balance. In 2011, I attended Bauman to become a Holistic Nutritionist.

Nowadays, I am committed to meditating daily, nourishing myself first and foremost, and living slowly. My interest in helping myself and others to feel better runs deep as ever.

There is a dance only you know how to do. ~ Gabrielle Roth

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