Amie Valpone, Founder, The Healthy Apple
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the founder of TheHealthyApple.com; and best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body. She is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Nutrition Expert, Wellness Consultant and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, C-diff Colitis, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut, Heavy Metals, Mold toxicity and much more exhausting thousands of doctors in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating and Detox saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. Amie’s work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News, NBC, ABC, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple.
Where you grew up: Sea Girt, NJ
Where you live now: Manhattan, NYC
Background and education: Boston University Business School; Columbia University Nutrition
Food policy/food as medicine hero: Alice Waters
One word to describe our food system: Improving
One word to describe our healthcare system: Rockbottom
Your favorite food: Cauliflower
Your breakfast this morning: Two organic eggs, roasted cauliflower and 1/2 avocado with sea salt.
Your last meal on earth: Lots of roasted veggies with an amazing sauce made with lots of fresh herbs, garlic and avocado.
Must-have healing food/ingredient: Ginger
Food policy, health, food as medicine book, website(s) social media/blog must-follow/read: I don’t honestly read other blogs/social media. I do my own thing; that’s honestly also my biggest piece of advice if you want to heal your body and feel as good as you can. What someone else is eating may not work for you even if they’re in perfect health.
Your elevator pitch for food as medicine? Trust yourself; your body knows how to heal itself. I’m living proof; I was close to dying a dozen times and every single time, I turned my life around and you can too.
Which widespread nutritional misconceptions worry you the most? Counting Calories and fad diets
What do you see as the next step for food as medicine? Going deeper into the connection with anti-inflammatory healing foods and their connection to wellness