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Hi! I’m Nivale. Welcome to Naturalista Food!

You can read all about my health coaching and cooking credentials below. Not so long ago, I earned a BA in English from Colorado College, where I also studied Art History. Prior to starting Naturalista Food, I worked for PBS and the Food Network; in professional kitchens in NYC and London; as a cooking instructor and as a food stylist. I celebrate variety in the kitchen and enjoy teaching people to cook creatively and eat intuitively.

You can find me outdoors with my family gardening, hiking, camping, skiing - you name it. A description of me wouldn’t be complete without admitting that I love to travel and am always dreaming up our next adventure.


I am a certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.

I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:

  • Joshua Rosenthal, founder/director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University

  • Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach

  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Functional Medicine expert and bestselling author 

  • Mark Hyman, MD, Director of The Cleveland Clinic and The UltraWellness Center

  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating

  • David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert

  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

  • Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author

  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing

After completing my health coaching program, I did additional training on gut health and the microbiome, also through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I have a degree in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York (now the International Culinary Center) and studied the Fundamentals of Indian Cuisine under best selling chef/author, Julie Sahni. I worked in a few professional kitchens: in New York for Danny Meyer and Jean Georges Vonicheron, and in London for Margot Henderson, Mark Hix, and Rosie French.

Drop me a line - I would love to hear from you!



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