Welcome! I am Heather Carey: culinary nutritionist, certified whole foods chef and organic gardening enthusiast. I will inspire you to make simple yet significant diet and lifestyle changes so that you can experience better health, well-being, and increased kitchen confidence.
I believe that learning what to eat for your individual needs and cooking with both mindfulness and ease are two of the most important skills you can master. I also believe that our history around food, our weight and our well being runs deep. During our time together I will give you all the time, and heartfelt listening, you need to tell your story so we can successfully navigate your journey and goals together.
My training includes a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and certification from The Natural Gourmet Institute Chef’s Training Program. See below for my additional credentials.
If you are struggling with a specific food related health issue, are ready to lose the last ten (or more) pounds, crave more energy, and desire a real way to eat, I can help you create an effortless meal planning system and the simple skills to learn how to feed yourself and your family delicious, wholesome food in the midst of a busy, full life.
I Can Help You Gain Food Clarity Through
- Individualized One-On-One Counseling and Coaching
- Private Cooking Lessons
- Grocery Store and Farmer’s Market Tours
- Pantry and Kitchen Consultations
- Group Cooking Lessons From the Green Palette Kitchen
- Small Group Workshops and Online Retreats
We All Have A Story, Here’s Mine
Although I grew up during the explosion of the processed food era (circa 1980), I always had a strong curiosity about the way food affected my health and wellbeing. A life changing visit from a like minded aunt in high school set me on the path to food and healing. Out of her bag came all sorts of curious foods that I had never heard of before: tofu, brown rice, seaweed, and gomasio. I had always been open to trying new foods but and I found this new food adventure of hers absolutely fascinating.
My aunt left me with her tattered copy of The Book of Whole Meals, the cookbook from the cooking school I would later attend. That book was my culinary guide all through college and then for a move to the West Coast. As I was making decisions for my next life adventure I turned that book over and saw that Anne Marie Colbin, the author, had a cooking school in New York City. My fate was sealed and I was back on the East Coast.
As I was embarking on my cooking and nutrition education, my experience within the realm of food and healing took a personal turn when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As devastating as the diagnosis was, the timing couldn’t have been better. I was armed with information and ready to support my body with my growing knowledge of food as medicine. And, I was grateful to be in charge of my kitchen. I now have an intimate understanding of what it means to live with a chronic illness. I know how to manage my health through the power of real food and lifestyle practices that nourish me.
As a wife and mother to three very busy teenagers, I am familiar with the challenges it takes to manage my energy, feed my family healthy, creative meals, all while nurturing my own food and nutrition needs.
In my free time you’ll find me in the garden picking heirloom tomatoes, celebrating with my husband after an hour of sting free beekeeping, walking with my dog Buck or in my kitchen creating and experimenting with an abundant variety of delicious, nourishing foods.
My Training and Certifications
New York University, MS Clinical Nutrition
Chef Training Program, The Natural Gourmet Cooking School
Syracuse University, BA Political Science, minor in Mediation and Communication
Adult Weight Management, American Dietetic Association, Certificate
Food As Medicine, Mind Body Institute, Certificate
Food, Mood and Brain Health, Mind Body Medicine, Certificate
Creator of the first edible school garden, Mill Hill Elementary School, Southport, CT
Read A Little Bit More About Me
Fairfield Magazine, “The Fairfield 25 – Fairfield’s Most Talented and Most Interesting Individuals”
The Fairfield Citizen , “Fairfielder Leads Workshop On How Green Your Cooking Can Grow”
Fairfield Magazine “Welcoming and Feeding Guests In The Coziest Time Of The Year”
Greenwich Patch, “Fusing Science of Nutrition with The Art of Healthy Eating”
ilovefc.com, “Eating Your Superfoods, Five Steps to Fighting Off Breast Cancer”
ilovefc.com, “A Post Holiday Detox”