As a health-focused chef, I live by the well-known motto, "Let Food Be Thy Medicine." It is obvious that eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is in your best interest, but more education and a heightened appreciation are needed. As a health coach certified in gut and hormonal health, I bring awareness to embracing the connection between self-care, better choices, enhanced gut health, cognitive functions, and hormonal balance.
LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE.
Hi, I'm Ellen. Food, nutrition, and health have been my passions since I stopped eating fast food when I was 17. I was not too fond of that heavy feeling after eating those ultra-processed foods several times a week. I craved a healthier lifestyle and decided I wouldn't be an unwell, chubby kid any longer.
As one of six siblings, I enjoyed taking dinner into my own hands and introducing colorful ingredients that added an "exotic" flair to my Irish family's go-to meat and potatoes menu.
My mother encouraged my passion for cooking, and I
poured myself into anything I could find on nutrition.
Word got out, and I became known as the healthy chef.
A top NBA star recruited me for my first culinary job as his private chef! He wanted delicious meals to fuel his body for elite performance. Since then, I've worked as an exclusive chef for countless families.
Throughout my 30 years in the industry, the secret ingredient that connected me to my clients wasn't just the food. It was that I crafted my meals like "medicine" and listened when their needs/goals changed. Whether my clients were dealing with acne or autoimmune issues, my health-minded recipes would nourish more than their hunger.
Food is one piece of the pie to managing health symptoms. I've always preached the importance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as part of my services. I also educate my clients on how to read labels and select the most beneficial convenience items.
I hold a culinary degree from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado.
Still, I knew that the missing piece to get to the root of an issue required a 360 approach, and my desire to go deeper led me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I became a certified holistic health educator specializing in digestive and hormonal health.
In this process, I realized I needed to be in sync. Caring for others and not putting self-care at the top of your list can do that to you. At just 51 years old, I was told I had the bones of an 80-year-old! I ignored and normalized the signs and symptoms of this prognosis. I started practicing what I taught and adjusted my lifestyle habits. Little things like getting better at saying "no," scheduling myself a short lunch break, and even enrolling in meditation classes created a significant shift.
Osteoporosis is an autoimmune disease that typically goes hand-in-hand with several root cause issues. Therefore, I dove into figuring out the source of my problems. Still, I triumphed with perseverance, dedication, and the desire not to succumb to its debilitating diagnosis and expectation of long-term meds. And guess what? I gained back 4 percent of my bone loss in just one year! I still take responsibility for that progress and my journey every day.
I've experienced first-hand how your digestive system directly impacts your life, and it changed the old "You are what you eat" mentality to a mindset focused on "You are what you can digest."
My mission is to help you improve your gut health so you feel your healthiest – mind, body, and spirit. In my latest book, Gut Driven, and my 3-week Reset 90/10 program, I break it down and give you the road map to heal your body, achieve balance, and reset your relationship with food. Together, we can create the affirmative change you've been waiting for.