Food has such a great impact on our health. Food and healing truly fit hand in hand. The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts was founded by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.; a leading figure in the natural foods and the holistic health field.

The school was founded on the principle that what we eat significantly affects our physical, mental and spiritual well being.

With these principles in mind, The Natural Gourmet has created a framework for healthy food selection based on specific criteria for high quality ingredients and concepts of eastern and western nutrition.

The amount of invaluable knowledge gained has fully equipped me to improve the lives of many in pursuit of healthy eating. The program's main focus is "Food and Healing." Many of the programís lectures were based on, nutrition, food and the immune system, medicinal cooking for: cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Various cooking methods of food also play a big role in our health. As a personal chef and meal plan consultant, I can teach you how to cook with alternative ingredients and gluten/wheat free recipes that are healthy for you.

Please ask me about preparing meals in your home
and catering your next special event!

Do you often question, what can I eat if I can't have dairy, wheat, corn or soy? The answer is there are plenty of nutrient dense whole foods that nature provides for us to eat. Whole foods are foods that nature provides with all their edible parts intact. The key factor is eating the way nature intended for our bodies to digest food. Nature is so amazingly beautiful and intelligent. For example, a kidney bean resembles a kidney. Kidney beans are rich in dietary fiber which helps reduce cholesterol and sugar in our blood stream. They also detoxify sulfates, which can lead to irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure, both of which are dangerous to the kidneys. Kidney beans are rich in iron, protein and vitamins of the category B1, B6 and folate which help boost memory and immunity in the body. Another example of nutrient dense whole foods which are rich in calcium are spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, kale, white beans, okra, beet greens and Chinese cabbage. Nature has fully equipped us for health and survival.

In addition to food, water plays a very big part of our eating regimen. Think about it, we can survive longer without food than without water. Once we are dehydrated, we often mistake thirst for hunger. It is extremely important to stay well hydrated throughout the day.

What People Are Saying

Marcella Guglielmo is one of the most talented and sweetest people know. She is an outstanding cook. She is a well studied and knowledgable person on health and wellness. She also has a huge heart and cares immensely about what she does!

Tuesday has become my favorite day of the week. For the past 2 1/2 years, Marcella has been cooking for me on Tuesdays. Before I met Marcella, I tried having other people come to my home to cook. My goal was to provide healthy meals for myself, my husband and my two daughters, and to help take some of the pressure off of me since my husband works long hours and travels quite a bit. The first two people I had cooking for me were lovely, but they were never quite able to find a food profile that my entire family enjoyed. On my third try towards finding someone to help in the kitchen, I met Marcella, which was life changing.

Marcella immediately asked questions about what foods we liked and from week to week took mental notes about who didn't like what flavors, herbs, etc. Marcella is always looking for feedback, positive or negative to make sure she is meeting our needs. Shortly after Marcella started working for us, my family was on board with eating the food she prepared. Additionally, my family, particularly my daughters, became open to trying new things, and although they may not like everything, they are still not deterred from trying. I believe this because they have developed a great respect for Marcella, and they listen to what she has to say about what each food has to offer.

Marcella is incredibly knowledgeable about using food as a health tool. I have learned so much from her about how we can eat our way towards being healthier and enjoying the food we are eating at the same time. This past year, I decided to join Marcella in the kitchen, and I am learning so much about cooking. I have always enjoyed cooking, but I have learned so much more. I have improved my knife skills, learned about flavor profiles, and have learned to work with what I have on hand and not to stress when I am missing an ingredient -- there is always a way to make it work!

When Marcella leaves my house, there are DELICIOUS protein and vegetable dishes, salad, smoothie and cut snacks which holds me for the week. My daughters are constantly grabbing snack bags of vegetables and fruit out of the refrigerator and arguing about who had an extra bag of peppers, strawberries, etc. -- which couldn't make me happier. Mostly when Marcella leaves my house, I feel as though I have just finished a therapy or spa session. To talk about health, learn about cooking, have a stock of healthy food on hand and to have spent several hours with an amazingly wonderful person is cathartic.

Marcella is a gem! There is no doubt that if you are lucky enough to work with her, you will share my sentiments.

What People Are Saying

Marcella is an outstanding Chef plain and simple. Her success lies not only in her knowledge of food but also shopping for it, to preparing even the most intricate dishes. Most importantly, an intense and sincere love for what she is doing in addition for her clients and their needs.

She has been preparing meals for me for well over 2 years now and is a pleasure to be around and very comforting. I've been battling ovarian cancer and was diagnosed in 2010. I had immediately sought out people who could give me the kind of nutrition that would help me combat this disease. Marcella has made this journey easy for me and everything she prepares is meticulously made and carefully chosen. Some dishes can be challenging and nothing short of superb and delicious. Diet is a major part of the process maintaining recovery. I couldn't do this without Marcella's skills, patience, enormous respect, affection and amazing talent. She is a true treasure.

Vivian Teich

What People Are Saying

Marcella is a pleasure to work with and is continually helpful. Our consultation was about two months ago and she is still helping me and giving me new ideas. Her cooking is delicious. At the consultation Marcella brought samples of her cooking. One of the meals she made was a carrot soup. I had my son with me at the consultation he asked for seconds and myself a person who doesn't like carrots now finds this to be one of my favorite meals. The meals are delicious and the recipes easy to follow. It has made eating healthy so much easier.

Thank you Marcella.

The Terranova Family

What People Are Saying

Marcella has proven to be a young lady of integrity. She's honest, diligent and nurturing towards others. She has a love for cooking healthy and tasty meals. I find her to be very creative with food, easily adjusting ingredients to personal tastes. I especially love her squash dishes, yummy, a delicious experience!

Delilah Miele