Hi, I'm Yael.
I am a Professional Chef, Certified Co-Active Coach, and Integrative Nutritionist.
I believe we each possess the inherent wisdom necessary to take responsibility for our own health & well-being. As a Food & Body Freedom coach, I empower womxn to reconnect to their intuition, reclaim their autonomy from diet culture and redefine their relationships with their bodies so they can become their own best health experts.
My love for food & cooking began at age 12. I pursued this passion to college, where I studied Dietetics, and then onto culinary school, where I studied plant-based nutrition & food preparation. Afterwards, I became a personal chef, and offered nutrition consultations and custom meal plans to clients wanting to manage health conditions and adopt a plant-based diet.
But here’s the thing - while I was promising happiness and health to others externally, I was deeply suffering internally. I had developed an obsessive relationship with health, a “black & white” model where food was either medicine, or poison. I equated thinness with wellness, and dwelled feverishly on the appearance of my body. In the name of “health”, I had dug myself into a hole of anxiety and obsession. Finally, I sought out help, and that’s when everything shifted.
I learned to prioritize my mental health just as much, if not more, than my physical health, and realized that my relationship with food and my body is so much more important than what I put on my plate. I decided that I could never be truly healthy unless I felt at home, empowered and free in my own skin.
My mission now is to empower other womxn to reconnect to their intuition, reclaim their life from diets, and create their own definition of "health", without any pressure from the outside world.
Since then, I have completely redefined my idea of health. I have studied, and lived, the principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size, and body autonomy. I still hold a deep respect for nutrition – however, I honor and respect the values of connection, pleasure, intuition, and trust just as much.
Education & Certifications
Master of Science in Nutrition, National University of Natural Medicine (current student)
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Co-Active Training Institute, September 2019
Introduction to Herbalism, Sacred Journey School of Herbalism, March 2018
200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Breathe for Change, July 2017
Professional Chef, Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, September 2015- July 2016
Organic Agriculture Fellow, Urban Adamah, March- May 2015
Bachelor of Science, Dietetics, University of Maryland, May 2014