I’ve been involved, and infatuated, with food since I was a child. My Southern grandmothers were my first culinary and nutrition instructors; I learned to cook in their sunny kitchens, and they taught me to value and respect food and the land. Almost everything we ate came from the ground, the chicken pen, the cows or the trees. We gathered eggs, searched for buckets of wild blackberries, collected bushels of pecans and greens.
I became a vegetarian at the age of 11, and started reading and learning more about different healing diets. At some point over the last 35 years, as a self-proclaimed food and professional chef and nutritionist, I’ve studied vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotic, low-carb, high-protein, local, seasonal, low-fat, fasting and many other diets. I’ve tried out most of them myself, and learned volumes from amazing and inspiring teachers in my path
What they’ve taught me: the diet that seems to work best for most people is one that’s made up of whole, unprocessed plant foods, with occasional additions of fish and organic, grass-fed or pastured animal products. It’s a flexible diet, non-dogmatic in its approach, in which every meal becomes an intuitive, body-driven choice.
I have been synthesizing my training in the food and nutrition arena with about 25 years of spiritual practices, embodiment trainings and body-mind therapies. These include studies with Geneen Roth (author of Women, Food and God), Evelyn Tribole’s Intuitive Eating programs, and Marc David’s Food Psychology training.
My background also includes degree programs in natural medicine, Macrobiotics, Shiatsu, and Asian food and nutrition systems. I have also studied and am certified in a number of embodiment and mindful movement studies, including martial arts, dance and 20 years of professional training in yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathwork) practices. I use all of these in my consulting practice, my teaching and my writing, to help people explore what to eat–which foods and dietary practices work best for them–as well as how they eat: the emotional or spiritual drives behind eating patterns, addictions and behaviors.
It’s an approach that combines the facts about nutrition with the art of mindful eating, the cultivation of a deep, intuitive body awareness, and a curiosity about the underlying, emotional messages that drive cravings and eating patterns.
Lisa is a certified Food Psychology Coach, holistic nutritionist, intuitive eating consultant and author. She has written five books on food and nutrition, and hundreds of magazine articles, and her work has appeared in Self, Natural Solutions, Natural Health, Delicious Living, Vegetarian Times, Yoga Journal, Body and Soul, and many other magazines. Lisa is also the developer of The Healthy Gourmet, an iPhone app that helps people quickly and easily access hundreds of beautiful, nourishing meals.
In the field of food psychology and emotional eating, Lisa has studied the work of and trained with Marc David, Geneen Roth and Evelyn Tribole. She has also received extensive training in a number of body-mind modalities, meditation practices and embodiment therapies, and is certified in Sivananda Yoga, Shiatsu, Reiki and other energy systems.
As a chef and nutritionist, Lisa is a faculty instructor at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, a member of the Culinary Council for the Sterling-Rice Group, co-founder and CEO of Wholly Bites organic grain-free snacks, co-founder and president of R&D at KidDrinx Inc., and former co-founder and recipe creator at Boulder Organic Foods (dba Boulder Soup Works). She teaches workshops and private classes, and consults with individuals, groups and businesses on food, health and healing.