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Bauman College

Tara, Holistic Nutritionist

I am a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant (NC) with a background in gut health. 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 apples and pears for my doll-house. At 12 yrs. old I opened a cafe in my kitchen called ‘Fat Mamas’…though the menu was a healthy one! 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, but more often than not was found with my nose in a nutrition book or in the natural food isle reading ingredient labels. On the day of graduation, I drove to California to apprentice with Cornelia Aihara, Japanese chef and teacher, who taught me 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 had the honor of cooking in the kitchen at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and feeling the amount of stillness and peace that can be infused into the preparation of food.

Then I became pregnant and the world stopped in the way it does when a woman has a baby. When my baby started eating solids he became ill and was admitted to the hospital for weight loss, dehydration, and digestive issues. After several tests, he was diagnosed with borderline Celiac Disease and I was told to avoid giving him “too much gluten”. Mind you this was back in the day when gluten intolerance was not as well known as it is today. By this time I knew enough about food to know I needed to do more than just avoid gluten. Instead, I eliminated all the common allergens (soy, corn, gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs) from his diet and with diligence my son regained health.

Watching my son transform with dietary change inspired me to help others. I traveled to study with Cynthia Briscoe, healing counselor and mother of six, to learn about specific foods that help with health conditions that stem from yeast overgrowth imbalance and/or a damaged digestive tract. I also attended The Culinary Academy to become a personal therapeutic chef and cook medicinally.   

After a few years of cooking for many wonderful families (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 make them fish that’d only feed them for one 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 intuitive readings. All of my sessions are via phone, Skype, or at my Central Vermont office.

I live in the heart of Vermont with my family; raising my boys and loving my husband who takes most of the photos you see on my blog. 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 💜

B.E.D. Nutritional Support

Food Intuitive Readings


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