Hello! My name is Tara and I am a health coach and culinary nutrition expert based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
My passion is teaching people that healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. l love everything about healthy living, but things weren’t always this way.
Until the ripe age of 43, I felt somewhat invincible. I had no obvious health conditions, but then came a tipping point in my body: one diagnosis after another, one flare after another. If I’m honest, my body was sending me messages in the form of symptoms, but I wasn’t listening. I continued neglecting myself and self-care was a foreign concept.
Hashimoto’s, Lyme disease, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, gluten intolerance, and years of digestive issues emerged. After visiting countless doctors and not getting any better, I knew there had to be another way.
Like most people, my journey into food, health, and wellness started with my own personal crisis.
It’s never too late to make a change
I enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the world’s largest nutrition school, and became a health coach. This was the BEST thing I ever did, not just for myself, but for my family and for my life. It was clear that I needed to invest in my wellbeing, which in turn was an overhaul for my whole-being.
Following IIN, I enrolled in The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, which was another life changing and amazing decision. Here I learnt to use ingredients in their whole fresh form, and combine them to make delicious, nutritious, health supportive, and disease preventive recipes. I learned that food truly is medicine.
Things I have changed:
- I have stopped eating foods that don’t benefit my body
- I don’t diet
- I don’t work out obsessively
- I don’t focus on foods that I can’t have or shouldn’t eat. Instead, I focus on the foods that help me feel my best
- Self-care is now a non-negotiable part of my life, AND I’ve learned the importance of listening to my body
My healing continues as I address years of damage done to my gut, hormones, thyroid, and adrenals, as well as the emotional component surrounding it all. Lasting change can’t happen if you don’t get to the underlying cause of your symptoms. This is what I focus on as a coach.
Many years ago, a wise woman once told me that our symptoms are a gift. At the time I didn’t understand the message, and to be quite honest, I thought she was bonkers. Only now do I understand what she was trying to tell me. We don’t wake up one morning with a chronic disease; it takes years to develop. My goal is to help you to build health conscious habits NOW in order to have a great quality of life, disease free. It’s the most important thing we can do for ourselves.
As you can see, my body is keeping me on my toes, but every part of the journey has and continues to teach me some valuable lessons.
It takes work and dedication to break bad habits and develop good ones, trust me I know. Don’t worry, I’m here to show you how.
It’s been a journey and I’m thrilled to share what I’ve learned along the way. I’ll help you to reach your specific health goals through simple, tailored-to-you, food and lifestyle advice that you can actually trust, so you can live a healthy, happy, life on your terms.
A little more about me:
I’m originally from the UK, but I’ve lived in North America for many years. My husband is Danish, and our daughter Francesca is off at university studying criminal justice, so we are officially empty nesters!
I love cooking nutritious meals for my family, connecting with friends, and teaching people about healthy living.
My health journey led me down a path of intense learning and a passion for sharing hope and knowledge with others. Hence, Healthy Living with Tara was born. Here, I offer one-on-one health coaching, group coaching, wellness workshops, cooking classes, grocery tours, and workplace wellness workshops.
Want to learn more about how I can support you?
Schedule a complimentary 30-minute consult call where we’ll discuss your struggles, where you’d like to be, and determine the best support to achieve your health goals.
Thank you for checking out my website and I look forward to hearing from you!
“Tara is the perfect blend of kindness, wisdom and conscientiousness. With true caring and active listening, she asks pertinent and profound questions to get to the heart of what is often keeping me from moving forward with my goals. She is truly able to synthesize what we discuss into logical and action-oriented goals, and her regular and consistent follow-up makes her a genuine partner in accountability. She is open and sharing with her extensive knowledge of holistic health, and I can always count on her for applicable and useful ideas and advice. Tara’s thoroughness and compassion make her a truly gifted coach.”
“Tara’s strongest attribute is her genuine concern and love for people who touch her life. Instinctively she senses the imbalances, emotionally and physically, and she thrives on taking great care of those lucky enough to be around her. Her methods are thorough, precise and organized. Her determination to restore well-being and her self-giving ways are endearing. Just sit down and chat with her for 1 hour and you will know what I mean. Combine Tara’s personality with her passion and extraordinary things will happen.”
“Tara is highly knowledgeable about nutrition and has such a big heart for wanting to help others. There is such a beautiful warmth about her.”
“Tara is number one when it comes to support and accountability, something that in the health care world is almost extinct. Sometimes it’s hard to make changes on our own and Tara has showed me over the years that she can be that person of trust and with her personal support can help you reach your goals.”
“I’ve really enjoyed the insight with helping to eat better! This is the beginning of a lifestyle change. Tara has helped me look at processed foods differently and be aware of unhealthy things that I put in and on my body. I loved the encouraging emails to stay on track while traveling and what to do on my transition days. This will be a lifelong change and this is just the beginning. I couldn’t have completed the changes without the motivation from Tara. I can’t wait to see more results from eating right and exercising. Tara has been my health coach but has become more of a good friend who helps me stay on track. Thanks, Tara!”
“Tara is naturally caring, nurturing and wise. Her support and advice are invaluable.”
“Thank you for a great detox and all the support along the way. Well worth it!”
“I agree with Christine, thanks so much for this detox. You were very supportive and always on hand with suggestions, help and additional useful information. I had been feeling rather sluggish lately but now I feel like I have got my ‘bounce’ back! Thanks for the experience Tara, you’re a star. Best wishes,”
“Thank you for your kind & loving support that you gave me. I was keeping a food journal prior to beginning the detox, but NEVER wrote any symptoms I had with food. Since then, I NOW know which foods to stay away from.
I wasn’t afraid to ask you anything and I loved the answers and feedback that you gave to my questions. You helped me tremendously!!
Thanks again!! Until next time,”
Tara possesses the magical combination of being someone who is an expert in her field, as well as someone who genuinely wants to help others.
Tara brings authenticity to every interaction she has. She handles herself with class and care, and is always looking out for others. As a Health Coach, she is the most enthusiastic supporter of her clients, and they see real results! It deserves mentioning that she creates the most magnificently mouth-watering recipes that even the most skeptical to “healthy eating” would gladly gobble up.
Tara has a kind demeanor that is evident in each interaction. She is one of the most thoughtful people I have met, checking up personally with me on a regular basis after my appendix came out. She does not miss an opportunity to reach out and spread love and joy.