Andrea Tore of Madison, Connecticut bills herself as a personal chef, but she’s much more than that. Dietician, health counselor, teacher, coach, best friend, and role model, Andrea Tore wants to help you get healthy.
“It’s not just about losing weight,” she says, although many of her clients come to her to do just that. “I don’t dwell on calories, carbs, or fats. I don’t create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, rewarding, and fun.”
The word “happy” comes up eight times in her promotional material—nine if you count “happiest”. In her world, “healthy” is synonymous with “happy”.
It was her own experience with weight gain and less than stellar health that motivated Tore to take nutrition seriously. She began studying the philosophies of some of the most respected experts in the world of nutrition—including, among others, Dr. Andrew Weil, alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, and food journalist and author Mark Bittman—and she applied what she learned in her own kitchen.
Tore’s theory is that if you put enough ‘good’ food on a plate, the ‘bad’ foods will be crowded out. “It’s not about eating less or depriving yourself,” she says. “There are healthy choices that easily substitute for less healthy.” She suggests zucchini spiraled into noodles, spaghetti squash instead of pasta; cauliflower whipped up in a blender as very tasty faux mashed potatoes.
But knowing what to do doesn’t prepare nutritious dinners and put them on the table. “Sometimes you’re just too busy, too tired, or not motivated to plan, shop, prepare, and serve meals,” she says. ‘I can help.”
Inviting Chef Andrea into your life can happen in a few ways.
As a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, she can consult with you about your goals, likes/dislikes and your general health to advise you about the nutrition plan that’s best for you. Nutritional counseling can be one-on-one, in person or on the phone, or you can join a group for added support and motivation.
As personal chef, she can come to your kitchen to cook for you there. Tore does the planning, shopping, prep, cooking, and clean-up, and she’ll help you understand how best to store foods for later.
If you’re more hands-on, Tore offers holistic cooking classes in her home, covering different approaches to the food we eat, such as understanding benefits and challenges of gluten- or dairy-free diets, vegan and vegetarian diets, and the trend toward raw foods.
“Some people come to me with health challenges like high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity,” says Tore. She takes these special health issues into account when counseling and planning her clients’ meals, working with their physicians if necessary. Further, everything is made from scratch. “I do not use boxed broth or bouillon cubes, no MSG, processed oils, artificial anything, which makes my food even more nutritious than the ‘healthy’ options on the menus of most restaurants.”
As coach, chef, and counselor, Tore makes a promise: “I’ll hold your hand while holding you responsible.”
Andrea Tore, Certified Holistic Health Counselor