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Chef School, Here I come!

To satisfy my nutritional curiosity and expand my culinary skills, this fall, I will be enrolled as a natural chef student at Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. This program is complementary to my nutrition consultant program and I was super excited to be accepted! I chose this program because of the whole-foods, restorative, therapeutic, evidence-based approach to cooking that the wonderful teachers provide to students. It is in complete alignment with the nutritional philosophy I utilize working with my clients → incorporating fresh, seasonal, organic, unprocessed and local foods into their diet and lifestyle. As Bauman College proudly states on their website: ”The professional culinary education we offer emphasizes the use of fresh, seasonal, organic, unprocessed, and local foods and goes beyond traditional culinary schools by teaching students how to cook for optimal health.” Clients always ask me for recipes to incorporate into their meal planning. This career move will provide an additional level of expertise to my kitchen skills and incorporate farm-to-table to world cuisine cooking and everything in between. As I continue to focus on sports nutrition, I plan on modifying meals and recipes from the classroom to provide the best fueling and recovery meals, snacks and beverages for an athlete’s life to boost overall health and race performance. And maybe one day… a cookbook? 🙂 I will happily maintain my personal nutrition consulting business, accepting a limited number of new clients, so that I am able to focus on my studies. If you are interested in one of my nutrition programs, please contact me today to schedule a one-on-one consultation! In good health – Heidi    ...

The Importance of a Nutrition Foundation

Can you relate to any of these statements below? “I’m just so worn out & sluggish at the end of most days.” “I’m in this vicious cycle of eating bad foods and feeling guilty.” “I’m so confused by all the hype around food.” “I want to feed my family health dinners but don’t have time to cook.” “My family is into sports but I don’t know what to feed them.” The list goes on…and on. Until, now. Recently, we opened up registration for summer nutrition education classes. What we put in our mouth impacts our entire day and and the people around us. Here’s why a basic nutrition education is pertinent to your health: Good Mood Food Learn food strategies to keep even energy levels all day and perform your activities with calmness, focus and a positive outlook. Knowing-Doing Gap Deep down, you may realize that fried foods and refined carbohydrates are not good for you, and steamed veggies may be a better choice…but how do you change your eating habits? Learn how to bridge the gap between knowing what is good for you and preparing/eating foods that are good for you. Re-educate Ourselves The past thirty years or so has brought on mass confusion in the nutrition world. Low-fat, low-carb, no-sugar, Atkins, etc…. What does it all mean? Learn how to read nutrition labels and basics on macronutrients (fats, protein, carbs) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) so that you can make the best nutritional choices for you & your family. Practical Application Learn how to implement your classroom nutrition knowledge into breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. We will...

Eating for Wellness and Vitality

When you hear the word “diet” and the phrase “nutritional changes”, what do you think of? Slimmer waistlines, hitting that “goal weight”, or maybe even tasteless foods? Thinking that the primary goal of dietary change is weight loss is a common ideology held amongst many people. Currently, most of the food advertisements we are sold on TV, radio, ads, and social media are focused around just that: weight loss.  Because of some nutritional pioneers, this is beginning to change. The primary dietary goal for people is to become healthy and prevent disease. While studying at Bauman College, a holistic nutrition school based in Penngrove, CA, I gained in-depth knowledge about a nutritional concept called “levels of eating.” Eating for Pleasure. “If it looks good, I’ll eat it.” This category includes many refined, high-sugar foods such as cake, cookies, and ice cream. Immediate satisfaction/gratification is the primary goal of this style of eating. Eating for Energy. “I need to make it through this busy day.” This category includes fast food, such as burritos and burgers and highly caffeinated beverages. Unsteady blood sugar levels and mood swings are quite common within this style of eating. Eating for Recovery. “What have I been eating? I feel terrible. Time to cut out _(unhealthy food item)__” Many diets fall within this category; many of which are actually quite healthy (low/no sugar, more vegetables and lean meats), but they only last a short period of time before a person reverts back to their old patterns of eating. Eating for Health. “When I eat healthy foods, I feel great.” There is a strong connection between the...

Cali-Local presents: Donato Enoteca

Donato Enoteca http://www.donatoenoteca.com 1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 650-701-1000     Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am – 10pm Fr-Sat  11:30am – 11pm Su         11:30am-9pm   Key Highlights Freshly baked bread with delicate pesto sauce. Farm-fresh salad greens with flavorful dressings. Main entrees featuring locally-caught crab and free range Mary’s chicken. Slow-baked chocolate soufflés & seasonal sorbets. No matter your taste – Donato’s has something for everyone. An easy choice for our first Cali-local feature, Donato Enoteca, located in Redwood City, CA, is a hidden gem, with a constantly evolving menu featuring Italian staples, cooked with local, seasonal ingredients.  Executive Chef Donato Scotti prepares a daily three to five course tasting menu, which never fails to disappoint. Only the freshest available produce is integrated into the delectable vegetarian and savory meat dishes available at Donato’s. If you are looking to celebrate a special event or enjoy a fabulous week day lunch or dinner, make a reservation today. Bon Appetit! Local’s Secret: Take advantage of the weekly happy hour  4-6:30pm, featuring house cocktails and appetizers at a discounted price.   *All content provided on this website is for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed on this website represent solely the opinion of the owner of this website.  The owner of this website makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this...

Cali-Local

Buying seasonal goods from local merchants is a powerful way to generate long-standing prosperity in your community. I am proud to announce our new series “Cali-Local” where we will bring you all of the latest businesses, markets and ideas from the Northern California Bay Area. If you are not from this area, consider visiting and utilizing our resources as your personal California guide to nutrition, wellness and joy.   Benefits to Buying Local Goods Buying local strengthens your local economy. Dollars spent at community-based merchants create a multiplier in the local economy, meaning that from each dollar spent at a local independent merchant, up to 3.5 times as much wealth is generated in the local economy compared to a dollar spent at chain-owned businesses (Amiba.net). More Variety. Local businesses can customize their offerings to their local customers’ tastes, creating a satisfying experience for both consumer and business owner. A Healthier Community. Production of local goods and services tend to cost less than importing foreign goods. Buying these goods & services from independently owned small businesses might reduce traffic and air pollution. Enhance the uniqueness of your city. One-of-a-kind businesses give added flavor to our everyday lives and promote tourism, which can boost our local economy. Where we shop, eat, or linger over a cup of coffee – all of these activities are more joyful with a local twist.   Join me in exploring local California businesses & welcoming new businesses in our community. In good health, Heidi   Sources: http://www.amiba.net/...
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