Hi there. I’m Amanda – a clean eating coach, chef, and natural foodie. Knowing what to eat can be pretty confusing; I help people get clear on the best foods to eat and how to prepare them with ease. A lot can get in the way of eating right – but despite busy schedules, bad days, and social obligations – it is possible to nourish yourself with confidence. Quit settling for just feeling OK – and start looking and feeling your best.

Before I became a wellness enthusiast and natural foods lover, I was pretty miserable.

I struggled with disordered eating, depression, and severe exhaustion. I felt like I was on a roller coaster of extreme highs and lows, and attempted to medicate myself by eating too little – or too much – to try achieve some balance and control in my life.

A lot of food scared me. Carbohydrates? Didn’t eat those. Fat? I stayed as far away as possible. I labeled everything as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and tried restrictive diets and cleanses in an attempt to feel better – but I just felt worse and worse.

I finally reached a point where I had enough. Instead of being frightened and confused about eating – I decided to educate and immerse myself into the world of health, wellness, and natural foods. I started to do yoga and meditate. I took natural foods cooking classes and attend nutrition seminars. And sure enough, not only did the fear disappear; I also started to feel empowered, inspired, and alive again.

It took some time, but I experienced the nourishing and healing power of food and eating in the way nature intended. I said goodbye to diet soda, fast food, and junk – and gave a big welcoming hug to greens, fruits, and veggies.

With that being said, I am a true healthy eating convert – but am not really a ‘health nut.’ I am a food lover. And while I eat a clean, balanced diet, I love to explore new flavors, tastes, and textures by trying new restaurants and traveling the world. I will try almost anything – so long as it’s real and sustainably sourced. I think that food should not only be good for you – it needs to taste pretty great, too. Life is too short for anything less!

Want to know more? You can read my official bio below.

Amanda is a natural foods educator, chef, health coach, and wellness expert with over seven years of experience. She graduated from New York University in 2005 with a degree in Communication and Nutrition Studies. Amanda went on to receive her culinary training at the Natural Gourmet Institute and furthered her holistic nutrition education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After working in kitchens in New York City, Amanda relocated to Chicago and began to share her passion for natural foods and healthy living with her private cooking and coaching clients.

She believes that a healthy lifestyle is about balance, and encourages her clients to consume plant-based foods and seasonally vibrant produce. Amanda works with clients to create small shifts that have a big impact on health, weight and energy.

Amanda teaches public cooking classes at Whole Foods Market in Chicago, is the resident chef of Bump Club and Beyond, and is a nutritional coach for Ruth’s Hemp Foods. She has been featured in Daily Candy, Vital Juice, Mindful Metropolis and has appeared on I Am Healthy Radio, NBC Chicago and You and Me This Morning.

Still have questions? Here are some FAQ’s that might help. If not, send me a note and I would love to answer you personally.

Q: What is a health coach? How is it different than a nutritionist?

A: I usually say that most people KNOW what they should be doing to look and feel their best. The problem is, that there are all of these roadblocks in the way that prevent them from getting on – and staying on – the right track. A health coach is crucial to help identify what those blocks are – and move ‘em out of the way!

A health coach guides and support their clients towards sustainable behavioral change in the wellness realm. A coach helps to identify and realize goals – usually surrounding diet, weight, energy, and health. This is achieved through education, encouragement, and accountability. Everyone can use their own personal teacher and cheerleader, right?

Health coaches are similar to nutritionists as they are both super passionate about healthy, nutrient-dense food. Health coaches usually focus more on educating and creating behavioral change. Coaches do not have the science background nutritionists do, and are not qualified to prescribe specific diet plans.

Q: What type of people do you work with?

A: I’ve worked with all sorts of people! College students, young professionals, new moms, and senior citizens have all been on my client roster. What ALL of my clients have in common is a desire to make real change in their life. Some people come to me with specific dietary restrictions (celiac disease, diabetes, food allergies, etc.) and are looking for support and guidance in transitioning to a new diet. Others are trying to lose weight, increase energy, recover from disordered eating, or provide their families with a healthy foundation.

Q: How long do you usually work with people?

A: This is different for everyone. Sometimes I just meet with someone for a comprehensive consultation. They may just need a few tips or a nudge to inspire change. I may do a one-day cooking class with some people to provide inspiration to get them out of a rut. And there are some clients I have worked with for years!

Usually, it takes 3 months to create new habits – so if I am a fit with a client, I like for people to commit to a 12-week program to see real and lasting results in their lives.

Q: Are you a vegetarian?

A: I am not a vegetarian – but eat a mostly plant-based diet. I was a vegetarian for 2 years – and was at the time I attended culinary school. I will occasionally enjoy wild seafood or grass-fed/organic meat. I have found my body will crave animal protein and a little bit helps me feel strong and grounded.

I try to limit my dairy intake as I notice it can make my stomach feel kind of gross when I eat too much. I will have organic goat’s cheese or yogurt on occasion as it is easier to digest and tastes pretty great.

With that being said, I am well educated and versed in a variety of dietary theories. Most of my public cooking classes are gluten-free and vegan.

Q. What is your favorite thing to cook?

A. This may be the question I am asked the most! And it is the hardest for me to answer. I usually am inspired by the seasons so my answer changes depending on the time of the year. But I HAVE to choose… I think I get pretty excited about cooking up hearty soups and stews in the fall. And fresh green salads in spring and summer.

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