Welcome to my blog! My name is Alissa Segersten and I created this blog to make it easier for you to navigate the realm of the whole foods, gluten-free lifestyle. Here you will find everything from healing bone broth recipes and elimination diet recipes, to healthy vegan gluten-free cupcake recipes, as well as information on using food as medicine to heal. Every recipe on this site is gluten-free, with many being grain-free & paleo as well.

I am the author of the best-selling cookbooks, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: A Complete Nutritional and Cooking Guide for Healthy Living, and Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time. I am also the co-author of The Elimination Diet, a guidebook with over 125 recipes for reclaiming your health using the power of food. 

I have five beautiful children and enjoy organic gardening, wild harvesting, hiking in the mountains, food preserving, and cooking together as a family. 

received my Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2003. I am the previous owner of a Personal Chef business in Seattle, Washington that successfully addressed the health and lifestyle needs of many families with delicious, nourishing meals. In 2004 I founded Whole Life Nutrition, a health and lifestyle company that offers functional medicine coaching, online programs, and health education for better living. 

I also enjoy working as a cooking instructor, empowering people with cooking skills and knowledge of whole foods so that they may reconnect with the pleasure in eating delicious, nourishing food! 

This blog is here to show you (with lots of delicious photos) that eating healthy is doable, fun, and enjoyable! The recipes here are kid tested and kid approved.

Work With Me!

Nutrition Consultations:
Are you confused about what the perfect diet is? Paleo? Vegan? Mediterranean? Vegetarian? Gluten-Free? And the list goes on. The thing is.....there is no perfect diet! We each have our own unique dietary needs based upon many factors. Our diets need to be fluid and flexible, and able to evolve with our changing lifestyle needs such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, environmental exposures, health conditions, stress levels, and the seasons. Food IS powerful medicine. Food IS delicious medicine. Food can create disease and it can cure disease. When I work with clients, I work with the WHOLE person. I can help you create a healing diet that will work for YOU. I see clients via phone consultations, online video Zoom meetings, and in person at our local Functional Medicine Clinic. Nutrition & Wellness Packages available! Contact me to set up an appointment. 

Private Cooking Instruction:
I am available for local private cooking instruction in your kitchen. Did you recently get prescribed a certain diet by your health care provider and don't know how to implement it? Let me help you learn how to cook new recipes and shop for new ingredients. I can help you come up with a meal plan that you feel good about. Please contact me for rates and availability. 

Virtual Cooking Coaching:
Do you need help learning how to cook some staple, nourishing recipes specific to your dietary requirements but live 1000 miles away? I can still help you through my virtual cooking coaching using Skype or Zoom right from my kitchen! Please contact me for rates and more information.

Happy Cooking and Healthy Eating! ~Ali