My mission is help people feel healthy. I love to share living foods recipes, natural wisdom and heartfelt inspiration from my own life lessons.
I’m a positive, energetic, enthusiastic Natural Health Practitioner. I provide extraordinary coaching to identify the life you want and help you get there one bold step at a time. I combine the power of intuition along with two decades of Holistic Health knowledge to attain the results you deserve!
Here’s a little bit of my personal story and what led me to who I am today:
Resting in rich soil looking up through the leaves of strawberry plants, that’s my happy place. Fruit is my friend and will play a major role in the recipes here on my site. I also loved to pick wild plants as a child and learn about their edible and medicinal uses. Even in College, my favorite course was “Trees, Ferns and Wildflowers of NJ”, where we were given the opportunity to forage and identify local plants useful for human consumption. I first started cooking and gardening with my parents as a youngster and immediately fell in love with the process of creating with food and serving others. My parents always welcomed me to join in on the food preparation process. I can clearly remember seasoning soups with various herbs, topping homemade pizzas, rolling dough, picking berries, chopping fruits, and stirring giant pots of sauce. Cooking together was a delight for us four kids and our parents made time to slow down and sit down for a family dinner practically ever night of our life growing up. Although we had a continuous supply of fresh food, our family did succumb to the myriad of “modern” foods, medications, aromatherapy, household cleaners, and electronic distractions. For awhile during my middle and high school years my life was so chaotic, I was eating junk food, taking medications when “sick”, and struggled with my health physically, emotionally and spiritually. I always felt this sense of wanting something better, to learn the Natural way – God’s way – and I was restlessly searching for more information to help me grow stronger. During high school, I faced the challenge of being diagnosed ADHD, which I took a prescription of Ritalin to “control”, making me feel like a zombie yet able to pay attention to the lessons. I knew there was a life of freedom beyond behavioral modification, pharmaceuticals and conventional rules. What about Nature’s laws? What is the simple way? That’s what I’ve been seeking my whole life.
As a teenager, some of my most formative experiences occurred working in a restaurant kitchen, experimenting in the art studio and sharing my music in the church youth ministry. I have a very playful spirit and decided in college to focus on education which led me to work with children with special needs through local programs in Montclair such as Spectrum Academy, Nandi Art School and eventually on a larger scale at the Learning Disabilities Association of New York City. In every work capacity, I found myself with an affinity for creating unique, therapeutic programs that invited the participants to express through the medium of fresh foods.
In 2011 my life evolved greatly as I moved to Texas and lived on a sustainable farm, where I facilitated farm-to-table learning experiences and catered events.
Upon returning to NJ in the Spring of 2012, I jumped at an opportunity to work as the private chef for Gwyneth Paltrow and enjoyed the fun, fast paced summer of culinary arts. When this wonderful gig ended in the fall, I discovered another fun opportunity to play with food as the R&D chef for Brad’s Plant Based Foods where I enhanced the recipes of the healthy snack food line. Recently, my wife Emma and I started our own food business called Mama Emma’s, we sell plantain-based waffles and batter in a spout pouch. It’s a unique recipe that we invented out of the need for a grain-free diet.
Currently, I share fresh recipes and offer world-class one-on-one coaching & group training programs that teach people how to create healthy, happy lives. As a Father, I have a special focus on helping parents in raising their children the simple, natural way.