I started Sage because my life was drastically improved with a whole-food, plant-based diet and I’m on a mission to make it super simple, easy and fun for anyone who wants to give it a try.
I am a certified Food for Life Instructor with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, hold a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (via Cornell University) and am a Certified Plant-Based Chef through Rouxbe Cooking School. I live to eat and cook healthy food and love to share the healing power of plant foods with others. I also hold Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and have worked for many years on conservation and environmental issues and in the arts. I’m Mom to three kids who keep me crazy busy and young at heart. My husband is a firefighter/paramedic and we live near the beautiful coast just north of Boston. Two things I try to do every day; break a sweat and live in gratitude.
I have always been into nutrition and health, organics, green-living, sustainability and gardening – interests heavily influenced by my Abenaki Indian grandfather. I was a vegetarian mostly through college, mainly for environmental reasons, but fell off the wagon once I entered the “real world” of career, kids and managing a house and home. After an enlightening physical with my doctor (who is way ahead of his time and advocates all of his patients adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet), I fully embraced a whole-food, plant-based diet and never looked back.
Our western medical community is woefully inept at educating patients about the power of food as medicine. Did you know that the average physician receives less than 20-hours of nutrition training over the course of medical school? We know that there is a strong connection between the foods we eat and it’s impact on our risk for a multitude of diseases – including cancer. I lost a dear friend to cancer many years ago and both my parents are cancer survivors – experiences that inspired me to eat this way and share what I’ve learned with others.
I teach the award-winning Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s Food for Life nutrition and cooking workshops in and around the Boston area and – starting in the summer/fall of 2017 – will offer whole-food, plant-based nutrition and cooking immersion trips to the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. In my free time – when I’m not avidly reading something about plant-based nutrition or cooking with plants, I teach plant-based nutrition to women in recovery from addiction.
If you want to learn about the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet, how this way of eating can support your optimal health – including cancer prevention and recovery – and how to prepare quick, easy and delicious meals, sign up for an upcoming workshop. I make it simple and easy with a straightforward approach – no crazy ingredients or funky kitchen gadgets required. If you are adventurous – join me in Italy to learn about the power of plant-foods in one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.