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!