Hi there! I’m Amy Gates, also known as, the Kitchen Faerie. I am a fun-loving, travel-obsessed nature junkie, health food enthusiast, natural foods chef, and holistic health coach.
But don’t be fooled! I wasn’t always focused on my health and wellness. In college I lived off of Starbucks frappucinos, Dominos bacon pizza, and Kraft macaroni and cheese. I could have been a blue box poster child for as much of that neon processed cheese I’ve eaten in my lifetime. It took years of working in a toxic Western medical environment, a miserable breakup followed by months of depression and emotional eating, and an impulsive cross-country move for me to realize I could choose a different path for myself. More specifically, I could choose a life of Health and Happiness.
After a lifetime love affair with food and cooking, while simultaneously battling body image issues, I started to get interested in creating healthy foods. I experimented with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, but still couldn’t seem to find anything that worked. No matter how many recipes I experimented with or how much I went to the gym, feeling fit and healthy seemed like a faraway fantasy.
At last I decided to take control of my life, which would start with a move back to the sunny West Coast where I had always felt a sense of belonging. My time in Boston, and my days of dwelling in heartbreak and self-pity were well and truly over. In what seemed like a brash decision to most, I packed as many of my belongings as would fit into my tiny Honda Civic, and drove across the country to Los Angeles with the support of a loving friend. My new journey and freedom had begun!
Life in Los Angeles made a healthy lifestyle more appealing than ever before. My roommates were doing yoga and drinking green juice; I was surrounded by sunshine, beaches, beautiful hiking trails, and of course, beautiful people! All too serendipitously, my brother insisted that I read the Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson, shortly after my move. Since my dear brother had just gone from being a vegan to suddenly eating lots of meat, I was more than a bit skeptical. But with an open mind and a primal need for transformation, I began reading.
I read about how our cavemen ancestors were not evolved to eat processed grains, and how most of us had ‘evolved’ to a sedentary existence at a desk for most of our waking hours. While not yet fully convinced of the Primal or Paleo diet, my scientific mind understood how our bodies break down simple carbohydrates into sugar and spike insulin levels. More than anything, my heart and soul resonated with Sisson’s urge to spend more time in nature and ‘at play.’ In my desperation to escape the grips of the corporate American lifestyle, noticing myself feeding my afternoon slumps with sugar and caffeine, and with my only living grandmother injecting herself daily with insulin, I decided the suggested 30-day trial of Primal living couldn’t hurt.
Switching from eating a traditional American diet to a diet free of all processed foods and sugars seemed nearly impossible in that first week. I was hungry, light-headed, and aloof as my body detoxified from sugar cravings and rebalanced itself from the constant insulin highs and lows it had become so accustomed to. But when the hardest part was over, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I had infinitely more energy throughout the day, I didn’t feel bloated or lethargic after meals, and I started to lose weight and belly fat with minimal exercise. To mentally get through the 30 days I allowed myself to have one cheat day a week where I binged on pasta, chips, baked goods–all of my favorite junk foods of my former life. Yet they just didn’t have the same luster. I finally knew what health could feel like and there was no turning back!
My wellness journey started with food, but it certainly didn’t end there. I made more time for cooking, hiking, spending time in nature, meditating, getting in touch with spirituality, practicing yoga, and fueling my new friendship with fitness. I started blogging my Paleo and Primal recipes, catering for events in LA, and cooking for Buddhist meditation retreats in Northern California. I embraced my love and passion for food once again. And I revisited my passion for travel, taking time off for a much needed solo adventure to South East Asia. Then I got really crazy…I quit my full-time career at UCLA hospital with health insurance and a retirement plan to go on the Mediterranean backpacking trip I had dreamed of for years.
I returned home fresh and sun-kissed to embark on my journey of studying nutrition with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and continue my new cooking career. It was time to sustain my blissful lifestyle all while helping others achieve the same level of wellness.
But I couldn’t stop there. The travel bug was rampant, and my heart and mind more open and free than ever. I moved back to Australia to explore more of my favorite continent while continuing my studies. I lived in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, where I brought healthy and delicious Gluten-free, Vegan, and Paleo treats to the locals. I’m finally back in the States (for now) more alive than ever, and I can’t wait to help you make your own transformation to health and happiness!
Have you been wondering how to get back to your ideal body weight and feel like yourself again?
Do you need help learning how to clean up your diet and stay away from preservatives and artificial ingredients?
Are you ready to end your sugar addiction for good?
Do you need to place more emphasis on taking care of yourself and prioritizing your well-being?
Have you let fear keep you from following your bliss?
Become the healthiest version of yourself and truly live the life of your dreams. Now is the time to take the leap! And I’m here to support you in every step.
IF YOU’RE READY TO EMBARK ON YOUR JOURNEY TO HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, ClICK HERE FOR A FREE HEALTH CONSULTATION!!
Together we can find out what foods are ideal for you, curb sugar cravings, cut back on processed foods, cook and plan healthy meals in your home, navigate our all-too-confusing food industry, decipher food labels, clean out your pantries of sneaky hidden preservatives and fillers, and create a lifestyle you love!