About

 

If I’m not in the kitchen, you’ll probably find me at the farmers market, helping out with my church, or hiding behind my camera. I might also be trying to keep my container garden veggies happy, drinking coffee, or driving out to the mountains. I love to cook, and especially LOVE to cook for other people!


A Bit of Background

Since I grew up in an Italian & Armenian family, naturally every family gathering I ever went to revolved around food. I associated family and special occasions with my grandpa’s special spaghetti and meatballs, my mom’s Thanksgiving stuffing, my grandma’s stuffed grape leaves, and my aunt’s Christmas zeppolis.

It wasn’t until college that I realized some of the food I was eating was actually making me sick. I’d have trouble sleeping, have a stuffy nose and head constantly, and get sick often. I found myself slowly putting on weight and tried to drastically reduce my calories and food in hopes of losing weight, only to have late-night binges of cereal and ice cream while I studied for exams (and feel completely terrible afterwards).

 

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Shift to Gluten-Free Eating

It was time for a change. I was ready to start feeling better! I slowly stopped eating foods containing wheat and other grains and also eliminated most dairy from my diet. I stopped purchasing food in packages and learned to cook. I Stopped being afraid of fat! After moving to North Carolina, I learned a lot about growing organic vegetables, and watched farmers in the area raise animals that lived the way they should – outside, on grass, and very happy.

As a result of all of this, I lost 15 pounds fairly effortlessly, I stopped feeling sick and tired, and my face stopped breaking out. I also fell in love with cooking! If eating this way could help me, how many other people could it help!? I cooked for friends and family, and shared the way I ate with them. At first, they were skeptical and wondered how I was doing it. However, after tasting the food I made, they didn’t feel that anything was missing from the dishes at all! A very skeptical friend would leave saying “Wow, I could eat this way!”


The Cooking Dilemma
It’s easy to want to make a change, but entirely changing your lifestyle is Tough! The friends and family who said they could eat this way usually didn’t transition over to making a full change in their food choices. Cooking all of your own meals requires a lot of planning and a lot of time. How many hours can you devote to meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking? Don’t forget washing all of those dishes afterwards! Between their jobs, families, and other obligations, many people I know simply do not have the time to devote to all of these steps. They are forced to grab fast food, eat at their job, microwave a frozen meal, or eat some leftover Halloween candy.

If this is you – you may be compromising your nutritional goals and overall health.


There’s a Solution!
What could you be doing during all of those hours you spend cooking? What if you just opened your refrigerator and there were meals there that you could eat and help you meet your dietary goals? What if you could eat food happily without worrying if something in the food will cause you to have an unfortunate autoimmune flair or stomach pain?

You’re in luck. Let me prepare you tasty and nutritious food to fuel your body and mind! I already love to spend my days cooking, so let me take the pressure and hassle of grocery shopping, meal planning, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up off of your plate. You are already busy enough, so why not try out my meal service to ensure you are eating healthful food, tailored to your tastes and health goals?

If you’re ready to get started, check out the Work With Me section! Happy eating 🙂