About Me

Welcome to my nourishing kitchen!

I’m so glad you’re here 🙂

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Photo Credit: Laura Toraldo Photography

If you’re looking for a refreshing approach about what to eat and how to live in a way that makes you feel energized, inspired and alive, then you’ve come to the right place!

With all of the confusing messages about food and eating in the media, grocery stores, and conversations these days, most of us are looking for something different. What if instead of overwhelmed you felt empowered about eating? What if instead of obsessing over calories, you could tap into what your body wants and needs to feel its best and ate accordingly?

What if instead of judging ourselves for what we ate, we decided to get curious about it? I want to invite you to connect with and savor your food and nourish yourself in every sense of the word.

  • CONNECT with your food – why you eat, how it makes you feel, where it comes from, and the impact it has beyond your plate – and with community.
  • SAVOR your food by slowing down and making eating an experience, so you can enjoy your food instead of feeling guilty about it.
  • NOURISH your body with energizing, healing, life-giving foods, so you can look and feel like the best version of yourself.

Through my personal healing journey of overcoming nearly 10 years of acid reflux, frequent childhood ear/nose/throat issues, allergies, hormonal and skin issues, I’ve learned that what we eat affects us and how we look and feel.

I’ve experienced the healing power of food and know that what I eat is one of the reasons I feel so alive. At the end of 2015, I shared the most personal level of my healing journey in this post about the courage to be vulnerable. If you or someone you know has struggled with body image, shame, guilt, or fertility issues, please read this post and remember this…

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Throughout my journey, I’ve learned firsthand that food is fueling, nourishing and healing.

Eating whole, fresh food as close as possible to its natural source helps us look and feel our best and most energized. The images below reflect some of my key philosophies and perspectives around food and living. IMG_4692 LifeInFoodLifeDruck
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I’ve also learned that the traditional health care system is full of practitioners who WANT to help their patients be well but aren’t trained to look at the body as an integrated, interconnected system. As a result, many of us settle for feeling less than our best and patch our aches and pains with “band-aids” rather than getting to the root cause of why we’re not feeling well in the first place.

I’ve learned to partner with health care providers who have been trained to understand the body as a SYSTEM vs. a set of symptoms, and my life and health have been completely transformed as a result.

I have the privilege of spreading these message through this and other blogs, as a health coach, and through my job as a the Director of Wellbeing at SIG, where I’ve led our company’s wellness efforts for nearly a decade. To learn more about my services, click here.

Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

I appreciate you stopping by and invite you to come back again soon!

 

4 Comments

  1. Dennis Spence

    Hello,
    This is my first time on your blog, and I understand you are coming to my office, Century Engineering for a Wellness Seminar. I checked out your blog and I can’t wait to see the seminar. I am very into fitness, but I LOVE TO EAT!!! My wife and I are always looking for ways we can eat healthier, without shortchanging the good taste of the food (and breaking the bank). I look forward to seeing you Rachel.

    Dennis Spence

    • Hi, Dennis! Thanks for checking out my blog. I was just at the New Cumberland office earlier this week, and we had a great seminar. I’m looking forward to meeting you and am glad you’re already into fitness and love to eat! (I do, too!). Check out the Easy Chicken and Broccoli Skillet, Pecan-Crusted Chicken and/or the Chipotle-Style burrito bowl for some great healthy dinner options to start with! I look forward to meeting you, too!

  2. Hi Rachel, the other cook book was trying to remember yesterday is called, Plant Pure Nation. Thanks for the lunch-time presentation.

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