The Manhattan Gal Behind The Healthy Apple Teaches You How to Cook Real Food
“Feeding People Food – The Way Food Was Meant To Be”
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from almost a decade of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie works as a personal chef in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Connect with Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram and Pinterest.
After graduating from Boston University Business School, Amie followed her passion for cooking and healthy living through training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Amie shares her passion for and approach to ‘Clean Eating’ by focusing on whole foods and ingredients that are good for you and your body. Through The Healthy Apple, Amie provides balanced, accessible and engaging information on the most basic components of good health. Amie struggled with chronic leg swelling, stomach problems and c-diff colitis; even venturing out to Mayo Clinic in 2010 to hear there was nothing wrong with her. After spending several years dealing with severe digestive issues, while pursuing a career in marketing and advertising, Amie’s health continued to deteriorate. She decided to take her health into her own hands and sought alternative options.
It wasn’t until she began working with Integrative Medical Doctors that Amie learned she was suffering from heavy metal accumulation, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue an IGA deficiency and was born without the gene to absorb folate, key in detoxification. This made Amie realize that medicine can only do so much – it wasn’t offering her body what it needed to heal. Using acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and organic, fresh, unprocessed foods, Amie healed and remains symptom free nearly a decade later. Amie had her mercury fillings removed from her mouth, went through two years of IV chelation, detoxed everything from her makeup to her cleaning products and learned that there is something you can learn from every doctor and every experience. Today, Amie works with one Integrative M.D. to continue to heal her ‘gut’ and thyroid, however she is constantly researching, traveling and interviewing other Integrative and Functional Medicine doctors to help her feel her best. She’s learned that ‘We each know our bodies better than anyone else does- any doctor, any prescription, any diagnosis- it takes time, patience and a positive attitude to keep your head up and stay strong until you find all the answers to your ailments. And it’s a long, long road- but there IS a shinny, bright light at the end of the tunnel.’
Amie is unable to digest gluten, dairy, sugar and oils. The past few years Amie has discovered she is allergic to sulfates and cannot digest packaged foods, therefore she follows an organic ‘Clean’ lifestyle filled with lean proteins, health fats and lots of organic veggies.
In 2011, she quit her corporate job in order to focus on her consulting business, in which she develops recipes, makes media appearances, and engages consumer groups on behalf of food companies. In addition, Amie is active in many organizations that focus on food, nutrition and health. In addition to The Healthy Apple Culinary Nutrition work, Amie is a Food Media Expert and was previously the Culinary Nutritionist for the NBA Fit Program. Amie’s experience spans from Marketing, Branding and Advertising at Ralph Lauren Corporate, VOGUE Magazine and the NBA. Her work as a Marketing Consultant spans the hotel, spa, restaurant and FMG sectors—creating menus, developing marketing and PR efforts and building brand awareness for her clients. She has served as a brand ambassador for many well-known healthy living companies by attending conferences and food expos across the nation on their behalf. Amie’s insights and advice appears in Glamour Magazine, The Food Network Blog, The Food Network website, The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Whole Living, Martha Stewart Radio, Clean Eating Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, the Doctors, YahooShine!, Rodale Institute, WebMD, The Daily Meal, Bing.com, Vitacost and Livestrong.com. Amie is the Recipe Editor for Williams Sonoma, Foodista, Foodily, One Green Planet, GIG Gluten-Intolerance Group Magazine, GenConnect, Celiac.com, Honest Cooking, the NY Times Best Seller Series Skinny Bitch, Healthy Bitch Daily and Gluten-Free Faces as well as the Manhattan Gluten-Free Food Editor for the Examiner.
Not limiting her focus to companies and brands, Amie works hands-on with individuals and groups as a Personal Chef, Food Allergy Concierge and Healthy Family Pantry Stylist to guide them through their transition into a healthier lifestyle. Amie works with Whole Foods Market as their Gluten-Free Manhattan Cooking Instructor and is a Gluten-Free Industry Innovator when it comes to helping clients, the community and companies with how to live a healthy and happy life. She understands how difficult it can be to find time in our hectic lives to create a home cooked, nutritious meal, but is here to show you how easy it can be. Struggling with lactose and gluten intolerance from a young age, Amie’s recipes cater to the Dairy and Gluten Free lifestyle, without sacrificing taste.
Amie believes in everything in moderation. Never using the word ‘diet,’ she stands by the truth that “each of us has control over what we put into our mouths and these choices impact our bodies now and in the future.”
Amie’s passion for healthy, Clean food is contagious and she’s eager to show others that fresh food can keep your taste buds satisfied and yearning for more. Whole Foods is her happy place and an herbal tea with fresh lemon is her drink of choice.
She has continuing education certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University as well as the Drugless Practitioners of America.
If you are interested in attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, please contact Amie as she would be more than happy to refer you to IIN and speak with you about her experience. Use the name, Amie Valpone as a referral to find out about tuition discounts and incentives.
Amie Cooks. She Travels. She Writes. And she does it all Gluten-Free. Learn to cook Real Food from Amie Valpone. Now, pull up a chair and get comfortable- you’re gunna love Amie’s healthy recipes.
Amie is available for editorial and photography projects, recipe development, speaking engagements, events, workshops, lectures, videos and conferences as well as ambassador programs.
If you are in Manhattan, give me a ring and let’s meet for a tea or green juice date!
For additional inquiries, please contact Amie via email at TheHealthyApple (at) Gmail.com.
Please note: Amie is not a R.D.; she is a Culinary Nutritionist and Health & Food Coach with certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase. Amie is also certified by the Drugless Practitioners of America. The information on this site is not intended to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment; Amie encourages you to seek your doctors opinion. For further guidance, please contact your local nutritionist or integrative M.D. for medical advice.
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The Healthy Apple, LLC is owned, written and edited by Amie Valpone. It’s based upon personal experiences through many years of health issues and numerous doctors. The FTC requires full disclosure of relationships I have between brands when writing about products. Brands and advertisers will never influence the content of this blog because all topics and content are chosen by and written by Amie Valpone. I only share my honest opinions on TheHealthyApple.com because I want to help my readers heal and feel better because I was once there- alone – without anyone helping me as my body was turning against me and fading away.
When food is the cure for what ails you, choosing whole, naturally gluten-free ‘Clean’ foods make the most sense, after all.