Meal Planning

In reference to meal planning, I incorporate the following sources into the plan such as a variety of healthy cooking methods, balance in color, flavor and texture. In addition to these sources, the meal plan is also based on the Chinese Theory of the Five Elements or Five Phases.

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It is based on the notion that the life energy moves in specific cycles that are chartable and thereby predictable. As it moves, the energy passes through five changes over points which have been called Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. One phase feeds or nourishes the next one; but in order to keep the energy from getting too strong, each phase also controls or holds back the opposite. Each phase is associated with specific seasons, organ systems, colors, flavors, moods, foods, activities and emotions.

The table below outlines the relationship between the five elements and body parts, feelings, colors, and taste.
Element Yin Yang Feelings Colors Tastes
Wood Liver Gall Bladder Rage Green Sour
Fire Heart Small Intestine Happiness Red Bitter
Earth Spleen Stomach Thought Yellow Sweet
Metal Lungs Large Intestine Sorrow White Spicy
Water Kidneys Bladder Fear Black Salty

Yin-Yang represents the ancient Chinese understanding of how things work. The outer circle represents "everything", while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called "yin" (black) and "yang" (white), which cause everything to happen. They cannot exist without each other. Yin would be dark, passive, downward, cold, weak and contracting. Yang would be bright, active, upward, hot, strong and expanding.

The concept of expansive and contractive food is based on energy. Expansive is to move away from the center and contractive is to move towards the center. They are both opposites however both complimentary and coexist simultaneously.

There are acid forming foods and alkalinizing foods that are listed in the order of most expansive to most contractive.
Alcohol Acid Forming Roots Acid Forming
Sugar-Unrefined Acid Forming Beans Acid Forming
Coffee Alkaline Forming Grains Acid Forming
Juices Alkaline Forming Fish Acid Forming
Nuts/Seeds Acid Forming Fowl Acid Forming
Tropical Fruits Alkaline Forming Meat Acid Forming
Fruit Alkaline Forming Eggs Acid Forming
Land & Sea Vegetables Alkaline Forming Salt Alkaline Forming
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

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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

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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