Exploring the Amazon.

Exploring the Amazon.

Teaching a workshop in San Diego.

Teaching a workshop in San Diego.

Hiking in the northeast of Brazil.

Hiking in the northeast of Brazil.

Hello, my name is Amy Carson.

I am:

Holistic nutritionist, gluten free chef, budding herbalist, nature lover, yogini, polyglot, amateur anthropologist and culinary explorer. 

But lately, 90% of my time is spent studying, and the rest is spent sleeping. Not kidding.

I'm currently based in San Diego, California, where I'm working on becoming a doctor of Chinese medicine. It takes about four and a half years, full time. That's a long time for me to stay in one place, so I keep myself entertained by creating things in the kitchen.  I can no longer pick up a spice jar without considering what region of the world it came from, how it's used in the local cuisine, or what effect it will have on my qi.

Most people have heard of acupuncture, or maybe they've taken Chinese herbs, but few realize that food therapy and lifestyle counseling are also components of Chinese medicine. It's a complete holistic health system, aimed at correcting imbalances within the individual to promote healing. Food is an important part of this process since it's our primary energy source, and it provides the building blocks for strong, healthy bodies. I hope that this site will become a useful resource for my patients and colleagues, and anyone else who's interested in the eastern dietary model. 

Prior to beginning my studies in Chinese medicine, I attended Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, and worked for several years as a nutritionist and gluten free personal chef. I also taught healthy cooking lessons, led workshops, and even catered some small events. A few of the earlier blog posts on this site are from that era. 

Before venturing into the field of holistic health, I earned a BA in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego. I taught English in Italy for three years, have dual citizenship, and speak Italian fluently. I also lived in Brazil and learned Portuguese while I was there. Now I'm working on Spanish, whenever I have the chance.

All photos and recipes are my own unless stated otherwise.

Oh, and please don't try to diagnose or cure yourself using information provided on this site--Consult a qualified practitioner! If you live in San Diego, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is a good, cost-effective place to start.