Meet Jennifer Caroff, Health Coach & Natural Chef
Hello, and welcome to Foodsoulutions.
Creating with whole foods and doing wellness practices is my jam. As a young girl, I learned the basics of seasonal eating, and cooking with real, unprocessed foods from my mom. We were lucky enough to have local, organic fruits and veggies as the base for all of the meals in our home. When we weren't doing something with food, meditation was probably happening. By the time I was in my early teens, I'd fallen in love with dance, and yoga was soon to follow. Feeling alive and connected in my body has been the red thread I've followed through every chapter of my life - I don't think that will ever change about me.
Dance, Yoga, Martial Arts
Dance, Yoga, and Martial Arts, help me evolve. My primary mentors and teachers include Melissa Michaels ( Surfing the Creative Training), Sofia Diaz, Sifu Sonja Richardson, and Forrest Yoga teachers Kristin Kiki Lovelace and Aviva Levine. When we dive into the felt sense of our bodies rather than an external evaluation, we awaken.
Somatic Therapy and Counseling
I received my training in Marriage and Family Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. During my three-year Master's Program I studied many theories of psychotherapy and somatic disciplines. During my six years of internships that culminated as a CA-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked in organizations and clinics including Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, Alta Bates Summit inpatient/outpatient programs, and Aurora School. I counseled individuals, couples, and children, lead dance therapy groups for people with eating disorders, depression/anxiety, and dual diagnosis, taught creative movement classes, and led somatic counseling sessions with elementary-aged school children with social/emotional, ADHD, and Autism challenges.
Natural Chef and Health Coaching
In 2013, I received my Natural Chef training from Bauman College in Berkeley, CA. During my training I learned basic culinary skills, therapeutic and allergy-free cooking, Bauman's Eating for Health (E4H) model, and the principles of a S.O.U.L. food diet, Seasonal, Organic, Unrefined, Local. I discovered my absolute love for cooking and working with food, and my enjoyment in sharing that learning process with others. Upon graduating, I joined the Bauman Wellness team as a natural chef and health/wellness educator, coaching individuals in employee wellness programs within the Alameda Health Systems hospitals and health clinics.
I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
As a Natural Chef, Health Coach, and Somatic Therapist, I invite you to discover, stalk, and befriend your innate sense of wellness. I will wholeheartedly support you as you make healthy living and eating part of your everyday life.
When you honor your unique body, path and direction, your health will naturally improve and your valuable gifts and talents will organically unfold in deeper alignment with your soul and spirit.