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Tara, Holistic Nutritionist

I’ve been interested in the healing properties of food for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I rolled dough into tiny pears for my dollhouse. At 12, I opened Fat Mam’s Cafe in my parent’s kitchen with a healthy menu. As a teen, I created allergen-free recipes for my mom’s school and later a small bound cookbook for the parents of these children.

In college I studied ‘early childhood education’ with my nose buried in nutrition books wandering health food stores to read ingredient labels. On the day of graduation, I drove to California to apprentice with Cornelia Aihara; a Japanese teacher of yin/yang principles and preparing food medicinally.

At 24, I baked bread and allergen-free treats for Esalen in Big Sur. It was in this kitchen, I let loose and ditched many of my cookbooks. While there, I had the opportunity to bake at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center; where stillness and peace is infused into food preparation.

Then I became pregnant and the world stopped the way it does when you have a baby. My son was fine until he started on solids and became perpetually bloated with diarrhea/vomiting. At 2 years, he turned listless and was admitted to hospital for weight loss/dehydration. They diagnosed him with borderline Celiac and suggested he avoid ‘too much gluten’. This was 2004 when gluten intolerance was not well-known the way that it is now. Thankfully, I knew to do more than just avoid gluten. I eliminated all allergens (soy, peanut, fish, crustacean, gluten, dairy, nut, egg); and with diligent effort my son regained health.

Seeing my son’s health return is what motivated me to learn more about how food can change the body. I studied with Cynthia Briscoe (healing counselor, mother of 6) and then attended The Culinary Academy to become a Personal Therapeutic Chef. 

After cooking medicinally for many years (and having another baby) I felt ready to step into a counselor role. I wanted to show people how to fish and feed themselves for a lifetime, rather than preparing fish that would nourish them for only one day. I hung up my chef hat and attended Bauman College to become a Holistic Nutrition Consultant.

These days, my interest is using traditional foods to heal the body; specifically the digestive and immune system in the form of readings and body ecology support. I live in the valley of Vermont with my family; raising my boys and loving my husband. When not cooking up a storm (or culturing this and that) you can find me writing, romping in the woods, or doing a headstand on my yoga mat 💜

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