Hello and welcome to Cook Nourish Bliss!
I’m Ashley, a recipe developer and integrative health coach for women and creative entrepreneurs. This site is a reflection of both my passions. Cooking with real, whole foods in a way that is simple and irresistibly delicious, and working with clients 1-on-1 to make changes in their health to maximize joy and thrive.
I believe that our well-being is the foundation for living the life we truly want and that what we cook with our own hands is absolutely better than anything you can find in a box (err, well, once you learn your way around the kitchen!).
Here at Cook Nourish Bliss you’ll find hundreds of whole food recipes, some kitchen how-to’s, health & wellness articles, personal anecdotes and plenty of nerdy humor … all designed to inspire you to get back in the kitchen, never take yourself too seriously, and pursue joyful, healthy living.
My Story in The Kitchen
Shortly after getting married, I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook. Like, really cook. At the time I knew how to make two dishes (yes, two – baked ziti and roasted red potatoes). I’ve been at it in the kitchen ever since, learning, adjusting, trying again and generally making a giant mess in the process.
My Story with Health Coaching
A few years back, I started to develop a few random allergies – to certain foods and chemicals found in mainstream beauty and cleaning products. It wasn’t pretty – and took a whole lot of rashes, visits to doctors and my own research to figure out exactly what was causing the problem. For me, it was dairy and the chemical SLS. Combine that with the stress of running my own small business (and umm, trying to do it all, all the time) and you could easily see that I was a giant mess.
Which led to a lot more learning, adjusting and trying again. I had to figure out how to cook without dairy, revamp just about everything I was using when it came to beauty and cleaning products, and find ways to make sure that I was taking care of myself (I’m looking at you exercise and sleep!) … all to allow me to live the life that I truly wanted.
Today, I’m passionate about helping others do the same. In 2016, I completed post-graduate integrative health coach training at Duke University Integrative Medicine, allowing me to work 1-on-1 with clients to help them make small, sustainable changes in their health and well-being that over time lead to big gains and a whole lot of joy.
Fun Facts About Me
- I’m a wee bit obsessed with my adorable beagle Emma. She’s sassy, utterly ridiculous and I sometimes talk to her as if she was a human. Totally normal, yes?
- If it was up to me, it would be fall and winter all year round. Cozy blankets, roaring fires, mugs of hot chocolate??? That’s the good stuff right there.
- I used to be a competitive figure skater. We’re talking totally legit, sparkly costumes and all. Bet you didn’t see that coming, huh?
So thank you, thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me.
Photos by Amy Rae Photography!