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Tara, Holistic Nutritionist

I am a Holistic Nutritionist and specialize in digestion. I offer support to those on The Body Ecology Diet and in food intuitive readings

I have always had an interest in the healing properties of food. As a kid, I rolled dough into tiny apples and pears for my doll-house. When I was 12, I opened a cafe in my family kitchen; called ‘Fat Mamas’ with ironically a healthy menu. As a teen, I created allergen-friendly recipes for my mother’s Montessori school and later a small cookbook.

In college I studied early childhood education with my nose buried in nutrition books or perusing ingredients at the health food store. On graduation day, I drove to California to apprentice with Cornelia Aihara, a Japanese teacher, who taught yin and yang principles and how they apply to food and the body.

At 24, I baked sourdough bread and allergen-friendly treats at Esalen in Big Sur. In this little kitchen, I let loose and ditched my cookbooks. I went on to cook 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 the way it does when you have a baby. My son was born at home and was fine until he started eating solid food. After that, his belly was perpetually bloated and he had chronic diarrhea. At the age of 2, he became listless and was admitted to the hospital for weight loss and dehydration. They diagnosed him with borderline Celiac and told me to avoid giving him “too much gluten”. This was back in the days when gluten intolerance was not well known like it is now. I knew enough about food to know I needed to do more than avoid gluten and I eliminated all of the common allergens (soy, corn, gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs). With diligence, and effort on my part, my son regained his health.

Watching my son return to “normal” bloomed my inspiration to learn how changing what one eats can influence the body. I studied with Cynthia Briscoe, healing counselor and mother of six, to learn how to use food to improve various issues; especially those stemming from compromised immunity and an overgrowth of pathogenic gut flora. Then I studied at the Culinary Academy to become a certified Therapeutic Chef. 

After cooking medicinally for many years (and having another baby) I felt ready to step into an educator role and have a stronger impact on those I met. I wanted to teach people how to fish and feed themselves for a lifetime, rather than prepare fish that would only feed them for a day. I hung up my chef hat and attended Bauman College to become a Holistic Nutrition Consultant.

These days, my nutritional work revolves around Food Intuitive readings and B.E.D. Support Sessions. 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 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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