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About Chef Carla

 

Do you want to be the best woman you can be? 

It starts with taking better care of yourself. Because the better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of the ones you love.

In my coaching practice I can meet you wherever you are in your journey. But I ask that you do the work that needs to be done. Clients don’t hire me because they want to stay the same. They hire me because they want to feel better, look better, lose their baby weight, be comfortable having sex with their partner, be less anxious, or have better digestion, to name just a few reasons.

Some of my clients have to make big changes, others work on fine-tuning what they are already doing. Either way, it’s work and no matter what you weigh or what size jeans you wear, we all can use reminders to take better care of ourselves. Just the fact that you’re reading this page shows that you care about your health and well-being.


My Story

Before I had my daughter Ella, I ate healthily, exercised regularly and generally took good care of myself. But after she was born, those healthy practices flew right out the window. I know first-hand how easy it is to forget to take care of yourself after you have a baby, what it’s like to binge on sugar and salty snacks, to eat cold pizza standing in front of the refrigerator, and to feel like you don’t have time for even a five-minute walk. After Ella was born I remember living my life in a haze. She had colic and did not sleep through the night until after her first birthday. I was stressed out, exhausted, and physically and emotionally depleted from having an emergency C-section. I was also commuting over two hours from New Jersey to New York City to teach cooking classes, plus trying to keep up with regular life—those floors weren’t going to mop themselves!

I had an aha moment when I started following Rebecca of Little Mother’s Helper during her Kickstarter. If you don’t know of Rebecca or her work, she has a postpartum deck of cards and companion app that focuses on healing mothers post birth. In one of our email exchanges I told her about my insane sugar cravings and she suggested replacing the sugar with protein. That little suggestion just clicked for me, and I decided to start focusing on clean eating and self-care. Not only did I need to do it for myself, I needed to do it for my family and to save my relationship with my husband!

It has become my mission to help other women truly nourish themselves and to take care of themselves the best way they can. This is so personal for each of my clients, since no two people are the same. I come up with a customized plan for you to live your healthiest life and we work together towards reaching this goal. This may mean cleaner eating, shifting responsibilities with your partner, balancing work more effectively, practicing being a more mindful mama, making time for exercise and connecting with your partner. Please see the packages for both my health coaching and personal chef services for more information. If you have any questions, please email me hello@carlacontreras.com

I look forward to working with you!

xo Carla 



More about Chef Carla…

I am a professionally trained chef, and yes, I even cooked on TV. I competed in season 12 of Chopped! on the Food Network. For over 12 years, I worked in restaurants and hotels from Boston to San Diego. I also was a personal chef to some prominent Upper East Side families in New York City. I have had more jobs than I care to write about from food styling to teaching cooking classes, I have pretty much done it all in the food industry. I even owned my own meal delivery and catering company called Red Clog Kitchen for five years. Below are some of my credentials. I am sure the list will grow even more in the years to come!

My Credentials:

MA: Masters of Arts in Food Management and Food Studies, New York University

BS: Bachelors of Science in Culinary Arts, Johnson and Wales University  

Additional Training:

Nutritious Life Certified Coach by Registered Dietitian, Keri Glassman

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

New York City Food Handler’s Certified

Serve Safe, National Food Safety Certified


Disclaimer: I am a professionally trained chef and Certified Holistic Health Coach; I am also Nutritious Life Certified. I am not a Nutritionist or RD. I am not a qualified healthcare professional. The information contained on this site is my opinion based on research and personal experience unless otherwise stated, and should not be substituted for qualified medical advice.

Health related information is in no way intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any medical or other condition. Always seek the counsel of a qualified medical practitioner or other health care provider for an individual consultation before making any significant changes to your diet and lifestyle, or to answer questions about specific medical conditions.

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