Founder | Visionary | Foodie
Chef Rebecca is the owner and founder of Whole Health Everyday. The Laguna Culinary Arts Professional Chef Graduate enjoys healthy cooking for a healthy lifestyle. She and her team of chefs in CA and AZ specialize in helping people meet dietary requirements through planning and preparing nutritious meals. Making gourmet food healthier is her passion! Rebecca also has a passion for art. Read more
"I started Whole Health Everyday with the idea of helping people who had health challenges eat better foods, but not lose out on the flavor and all the comfort foods they desired. I wanted to help people who suffered like I had."
I suffered for years with food allergies and doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me. I had so much inflammation that moving my fingers was extremely painful and impossible some days. Walking more than a few yards was excruciatingly painful. After many years of suffering and seeking out alternative health professionals’ advice, I finally began to get better with the help of holistic nutritionist Kristi Acuna. Other key players in my recovery were acupuncturist Angela Sennett, Naturopath MD and ND Brett Jacques, and chiropractors Dr. Zappala and Dr. Cohn. After 5 years I felt like a cloud was lifted from my eyes. My brain fog, extreme pain, and constant bloating and tiredness were finally getting better.
During my recovery I was told I was allergic or sensitive to about 20 foods. I was frustrated and didn’t know how I was going to eat when all my favorite foods were on the list. What was left? This was about 6 months before culinary school and I was not up to the challenge. I was depressed and frustrated. During school I ate all the foods that were bad for me but with the help of many holistic supplements I was at least able to function. I took handfuls of pills daily for digestion support. The brain fog made school very difficult and the inflammation was still bad enough that I had to wrap my wrist everyday and lifting a pot with my left hand was impossible.
After school was finished I decided to remove all 20 foods from my diet and complete my recovery. After just a few weeks I felt immensely better but there were many, many months to go before I felt 100%. It actually took about 2 ½ years from the time I removed all cow milk, dairy, and eggs from my diet to get better.
Many people suffer from food allergies and don’t even know it. Many people want to eat healthier and don’t know how. I wanted to help these people.
Through my healing I learned so much from my health team. I learned about organic foods, why the human body has a hard time digesting cow milk/butter/cheese, why we need healthy fats, and so much more. Every health professional I saw helped me along my road to recovery. When I first saw my primary care doctor and other traditional doctors they wanted to operate on my arm to get rid of the inflammation, give me antidepressants, and label me as having chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. They were wrong.
After culinary school and learning fabulous techniques and how to be not just a good cook, but a great chef, I wanted to take those skills and help people – not just feed people, but use food as medicine and truly feed their souls.
Many clients of Whole Health Everyday have allergies or special diet plans. What Whole Health Everyday is known for is taking the foods clients love and transforming them into healthier (but still delicious) versions. When a client says they won’t give up their hamburger and fries, I find a way to make it better. I replace the poor quality meat with grass-fed organic, the produce with organic, the bun with a gluten free version if they desire/need, and the fries with un-fried organic potatoes. For the client that loves Mexican food, I explain about GMO corn and the better options that are available like thinly sliced jicama to use as a taco shell or an organic coconut paleo wrap. Replacing canola oil that is heavily processed with purely sourced oils like coconut oil or olive oil can make a huge difference in your health. Small changes like these may sound so simple, yet, when clients want help these changes aren’t so obvious.
Clients turn to the services of Whole Health Everyday to maintain good health, get healthier, and get informed on how to change their lifestyle. They depend on the chefs of Whole Health Everyday to be experts in healthy eating!