good witch kitchen is run by me, Kristen, certified culinary nutrition expert, holistic nutrition coach, avid home cook, and live music enthusiast in Boston, MA. I help clients discover the therapeutic properties of everyday cooking with whole foods and transition into a lifestyle that supports physical and emotional wellness.
What’s a culinary nutrition expert?
It’s someone who has completed an intensive program focusing on our food choices and how they impact our health and certain health conditions, who continues to study and learn more every day. I cook to promote better health, whether you’re suffering from an ailment or simply want to eat nutritiously and sustainably.
What’s my food philosophy?
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” is the mantra you may have heard before from Michael Pollan, and this is what I subscribe to instead of any particular raw/vegan/paleo/etc. diet (though I fully support my friends who do!). My focus is whole-foods, plant-based meals, which may or may not contain animal products. Recipes will be clearly labeled, and I will often provide vegan/vegetarian substitutions where possible.
Why should you trust me?
I understand the struggle. Most women have had a strained relationship with food at some point in their life, and I have been through all the calorie counting apps, measuring every last ingredient, restricting my meals, being unhappy with my weight, shape, and habits as far back as middle school. Through my own personal battles I’ve developed coping mechanisms and learned how to improve my relationship with food and fitness using a holistic approach. Our environment matters, and I want to help those dealing with the same issues to lead a happier, healthier life in mind, body, and spirit.
What’s with the name?
The transformation your body experiences on a plant-based diet is more alchemy than sorcery, but I prefer to think of what I do as making a little bit of magic in the kitchen – the good kind, hence “good witch.” But Glinda I am not. Think of me as her younger sister who never grew out of her eyeliner phase and head bangs in front of the stove.
Since I made the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle, I’ve learned so much about health and wellness, nutrition, and our food industry in my CNE training and beyond that I want to share with you through articles, recipes, meal plans, cooking classes, workshops, and more. Education is imperative to living a truly healthy life, and I have experienced first-hand how easy it can be to incorporate what you learn into your everyday routine; I hope good witch kitchen will give you the tools you need to make positive changes in your lives and in those around you.
Academy of Culinary Nutrition: Culinary Nutrition Expert Certification + Fundamentals of Fermentation
Matthew Kenney Culinary School: Plant-Based Desserts Certificate
Gluten-Free Baking Academy: Breads
Stanford University Online: Food & Health
Arizona State University Online: Health & Wellness