Earlier this month, the Natural Gourmet asked former and current students to tell us, “How did the Natural Gourmet Institute change your life?” From all of the submissions we received, three winners were selected to receive a Friday Night Dinner for 2.
In the next few posts, we will be featuring the entries of the three winners (in no particular order).
First up . . . Elisa Haggarty, a public class student who will be starting in our Chef’s Training Program this fall:
Midway through my studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Holistic Health Coach, I decided to take my mom out for a surprise in NYC. My mom, who raised 7 children and who has always put others first, is struggling with a few chronic diseases. She has had hypothyroidism and depression for years and took what she was told to take: medications.
I had been trying to explain to her that our bodies have a natural capacity to heal themselves if we just allow them to with dietary and lifestyle changes, but she wasn’t really having it. So, I signed her up to attend “Nourishing Your Thyroid” with Andrea Beaman, and we rode the train into NYC together.
When we got there, I was utterly thrilled to be in such a passionate and health-driven atmosphere. It gave me chills. About 20 minutes into Andrea’s talk to about 25 middle aged women, I just couldn’t stop smiling. Andrea’s words spoke to me, and I knew that my life would never be the same after that evening. Her passion, message of food as a healer, the atmosphere of NGI had me convinced: this is what I am meant to do. I turned to my mom and said, “Mom, one day, I will be doing what Andrea is doing!” She smiled but I couldn’t say she was convinced that this way of using food as a healer was the way, at least not for her.
I’ve since graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and have started a very successful private practice geared towards healing chronic diseases through dietary and lifestyle adjustments. That night at The Natural Gourmet is one I will never forget. It was so influential to me that I have decided to attend The Natural Gourmet this coming fall for their Professional Chef Training Program. Helping my mom heal herself is a continued goal of mine, and I think seeing what food and healing has brought to me has sparked something in her she didn’t think possible a year ago.
My health coaching website is: www.elisahaggarty.com
My health coaching blog is: www.elisahaggarty.blogspot.com