My name is Margaret and I eat naked.
That’s really all you need to know about me, but if you’re curious to know more… I love food and everything about it: growing it, cooking it, eating it, healing with it, talking about it, understanding it, relating to it.
Food is such an integral part of our life. We have to eat it multiple times a day just to survive and, as one of my teachers said, “We are, at our most basic level, walking food.” True that.
I had my first powerful experience with the fundamental importance of food in my mid-20s when a change to my diet resolved a chronic skin condition I’d struggled with for years. At the time I was deeply immersed in the world of social ventures and business consulting, first with the boutique consultancy Spark Strategies and then as VP Member Development with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.
Fast forward a few years and I realized my true calling was food and health, and, more specifically, using the former to achieve the latter. I became a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC) at the Nutritional Therapy Association (a school I recommend highly if you’re considering a career in nutrition) and then drew inspiration from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I learned from some of the top minds in the field (personal favorites were Sally Fallon of the Weston A Price Foundation, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way). Since then, I’ve become a Certified GAPS Practitioner, a Certified Healing Foods Specialist and also studied with the incredible Mark David at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
I now work with clients all over North America and Europe, helping them resolve health issues, learn how to eat for their body to thrive, and heal their relationship with food. It’s juicy stuff, and so rewarding.
In June 2011 my first book, Eat Naked: Unprocessed, Unpolluted and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You, was released with New Harbinger Publications, and in May 2012 we launched its recipe follow-up, The Naked Foods Cookbook: The Whole-Foods, Healthy-Fats, Gluten-Free Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great, with the amazing Chef James Barry. I blog here as well as guest author on several other health-related blogs. I still do a little business coaching here and there, but mostly focus these talents on supporting my NTP peers in a Business Class for NTPs that I lead annually.
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A couple of fateful years ago, when I was in the middle of writing my first book Eat Naked, I happened to meet a cute and very knowledgeable chef at a group training run. We got to chatting and discovered a mutual love of food and very similar beliefs around its importance to health. We started working together on the Cook Naked chapter of the book, and I was so impressed with his passion and culinary abilities (not to mention his gluten-free peanut butter cookies) that I married him. True story.
Chef James Barry is now an active part of the Eat Naked team. A brilliant personal chef and owner of the Los Angeles based healthy (naked!) meal delivery company Wholesome2Go. Chef James co-authored the recipe section of Eat Naked as well as the cookbook follow-up, The Naked Foods Cookbook and he supports our Eat Naked clients with creative recipes, menu planning tips, and all sorts of great strategies to make eating naked fun and seriously delicious.
Chef James learned to scramble an egg at the ripe age of four and has been passionate about cooking ever since. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts in New York (from which he received the perfect attendance award – something he’s very proud of), James has served as a private chef to many A-list celebrities, helping them reach their optimum health. His healthy and tasty style of cooking had such positive response that he started Wholesome2Go, a healthy high-quality food delivery company currently serving the Los Angeles area.
Whether traveling cross-country as the vegan/vegetarian chef on the Van’s Warped tour or in Europe with his celebrity clients, James is constantly making efforts towards assisting those that want to live healthier lifestyles. He has also been certified as a Healing Food Specialist and a Massage Technician. If you’re lucky enough to live in the LA area, you can eat Chef James’ food easily with Wholesome2Go‘s meal delivery service. We’ve partnered on our 14-Day Sugar Control detox for those clients who’d prefer to have their meals delivered rather than preparing their food themselves (currently only available in the LA and Orange County areas). Chef James is also regularly contributing recipes and creative cooking articles to this blog, so keep an eye out for his work!
Chef James and I were speaking at an event, and Amanda happened to be sitting next to me, days away from starting a nutrition course. We got to talking and next thing you know she’s interning for both Eat Naked and Chef James’ company, Wholesome2Go. She’s now an integral part of both companies’ teams and we wonder what we did before she came along. I’ll let her tell you a bit more about herself and her background:
A Fashion Designer by trade and at heart – creative through and through. And when creativity ran dry, I searched for something else I was passionate about because I am a person who must live and love my work. Luckily, I quickly found my interest in nutrition (particularly food as health/medicine) was going to take me down a new career path. And now, two years later (one of travel and one of school), I am a recent graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition , a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and a RYT200 of Rishikesh Yog Peeth… I currently practice the art of “food as medicine” through private cheffing, creating visual graphics and working behind the scenes for Eat Naked & Wholesome2Go, and reside in Los Angeles.