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It's never too late. 

After 16 years in the Medical Illustration/Animation industry, I was no longer being fulfilled by my work and decided it was time for a change. I left my job and went to culinary school. I was 40 years old at the time with two small children at home. A big, bold move and I never looked back. 

I was the Chef and Kitchen Manager for a cozy little Cafe for five amazing years. Then it became time to work for myself, and Leaf and Loaf was born. In 2015, I started building my personal chef clientele, teaching adults with cancer diagnoses and inspiring and motivating people to eat real food. My world of nutritious food exploration began.

Why am I a Personal Chef focusing on NUTRITION and REAL FOOD? About 15 years ago I felt sick all the time. I mean all the time, all day, every day. I was taking so many over the counter medications that eventually stopped helping and didn’t even touch my agony. I was working a full time job, had two small children at home and I was out of energy when I got home. I was not being a good mom, wife or person for myself. It was not the way I wanted to live my life.


I met with a Dietician who recommended I stop eating gluten. I didn’t even know what that was, but turns out that was literally destroying my body. It was consuming everything- my energy, my thoughts, my focus, my life….       

I said farewell to gluten and that one dietary change CHANGED my life. 


I want people to know how great they can feel. All the time. Do you even know how great you can feel? 


Food is important. If we are fortunate enough to eat food multiple times a day, shouldn’t we make sure it’s making us feel energized and fantastic and not sluggish and brain-fogged? 

My days are full and filled with gratitude as I carry out my mission, help people nourish themselves, spend time with husband and adult kids, laugh a lot, eat simple and nutritious meals, nap in the sun, and spend time outdoors. 



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