Giovanna Garcia - Founder, Nutritionist and Chef
I'm a Nutritionist and Certified Natural Chef with a passion for food and holistic living. I strongly believe that whole foods are the base of health, and am on a mission to educate busy individuals like you to obtain and sustain a balanced and healthy lifestyle through whole foods.
I found my love for food and nutrition through my personal health journey and transformation. My relationship with food wasn't always healthy - I struggled with disordered eating patterns, binge drinking, calorie counting, food restriction, and yoyo dieting thinking these restrictive ways were the road to health. One day, I found myself at a loss, depressed, and wanting to take control of my body and mind. I realized that all those food habits were very self-sabotaging and affecting my entire life.
As I continued onto my holistic health studies and culinary adventure, I started seeing the mind-body connection through food. I discovered that there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way of eating for everyone, but there is a way of eating that is unique and favorable for each of us individually. Through allowing myself to eat anything I wanted (no longer restricting) and also noticing how every single food affected me, I was able to point out exactly what my body needs when it needs it, and what foods were causing inflammation and stress. By simply eliminating those foods, I was no longer suffering from bloating, drastic weight fluctuation, and negative thoughts about myself. I added more fresh foods into my daily regimen and had more energy, clearer skin, and more passion to live.
My relationship with food and with myself has changed drastically through being aware of my body and eating intuitively - fresh, wholesome foods. I do not have a restrictive way of eating and love all the foods I eat. I enjoy chocolate daily! This way of relating with food has helped me align with my purpose and opened up unexpected opportunities in life.
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences – University of Arizona
Natural Chef Certification – Bauman College
Alison Nosti, Nutritionist and Natural Chef
Food, family and cooking have always been a passion for Chef Alison. Growing up in an Italian, American family who always had a backyard garden to select fresh, organic produce from, will forever be a part of what inspires her cooking to this day.
After graduating from City College of San Francisco in 2005 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Chef Alison has spent the last 15 years in a rich and diverse culinary career with highlights of visiting and studying food, wine and culture in France, Spain and Italy, to creating award winning organic ice cream flavors like Lemon Cookie for Three Twins Organic Ice Cream.
Realizing that her passion was really the healing qualities of food, diet and lifestyle, she went back to school to become a Certified Nutrition Consultant at Bauman College in 2014. Chef Alison now spends her time cooking delicious and nutritious food for families around the Bay Area, consulting with nutrition clients and blogging food pictures and recipes on her Instagram @alinosti.
Hannah Ronson, Natural Chef
A native to New York City I relocated to the Bay about a year ago. My passion for cooking nutritious food started in college, when due to personal health issues I began educating myself about healing foods. Following graduation I realized I wanted to expand my knowledge of cooking and the restaurant industry and started working in the food industry as a cook. I have worked in a diverse array of kitchens. As a line cook I worked in New York City at the fine dining raw/vegan restaurants Pure Food and Wine, and Dirt Candy, well as Pok Pok Phat Thai.
After a few years of professional cooking, and many rewarding experiences, I began to see how the greuling hours and lifestyle of a restaurant cook is unsustainable. I also felt the strong desire to cook more nutritious food, and to make personal connections with the people I am cooking for. I made the decision to move to California and enroll in Bauman College, in Berkeley, where I am currently studying to become a Nutrition Consultant. I am passionate about healthy and organic foods, educating others, and love working around dietary restrictions to design balanced meals. I also have a small grain-free granola business, Cereal Killer Granola. More info can be found here.
Linda Liang, Natural Chef
Linda is a graduate of the Natural Chef program at Bauman College in Berkeley, California. A native of Taiwan, she grew up among the bustling sights and smells of the island nation's "wet" markets and delectable street food. After a decade-plus long career in nonprofit marketing, Linda decided to pursue her goal of bringing fresh, seasonal, and healthful foods into the kitchens of Bay Area families. But she won't turn down the occasional serving of her favorite foods: noodles, dumplings, and ice cream.