JUST THE FACTS:
I'M: Alison Meletta Kucich, mom of four spirited boys and one 85-pound dog, and transplant to the idyllic "beach-burbs" of the Jersey shore. I'm also a wife and the chief house manager, chauffeur, cheerleader, homework helper and short-order cook.
I DIG: music of many genres, long novels, trivia games, outdoor concerts, travel, large dogs, the color green, fragrant white flowers, dragons, Kundalini yoga, challenging workouts, mint chocolate chip ice cream and wearing jeans as often as possible. As a Taurus, I am drawn to things with bold color, texture and fragrance, and am at my happiest in my kitchen, surrounded by family and friends, or anywhere near the beach.
MY FAVORITE FOODS: come from plants and animals. But mostly plants.
I STUDIED AT: Franklin and Marshall College, followed by the London School of Economics, for degrees in International Relations.
THEN I GOT CERTIFICATES IN: Nutrition from Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Culinary Arts, Food Therapy and Health Supportive Cooking from the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts, and the Institute of Culinary Education. I am certified in AutoImmune Protocol, anti-inflammatory food therapies and nutritional supplementation. Additionally, I have certifications in creative writing from The New School and in Kundalini yoga from the Kundalini Research Institute.
WORDS I LIVE BY:
"THE CLEVER PERSON KNOWS THE BEST MEANS TO ANY POSSIBLE END. THE WISE PERSON KNOWS WHICH ENDS ARE WORTH STRIVING FOR."
I USED TO BE: a vegan (for fifteen years), a raw foodist (for three years), a New Yorker, a Wall-Streeter, an author, a Kundalini yoga teacher, a personal chef, and the founder of a small, organic baby food delivery business.
PRIOR TO THAT: I was a student who followed the 1992 food pyramid to the letter and struggled with asthma, allergies, weight gain, and a neuromuscular pain disorder.
NOW I: spend my days preparing what is life-sustaining and nutritionally appropriate for myself, my family, and my clients, and I feel empowered by the choices I make and help others make. I appreciate the downtime and the quiet moments, and embrace the organized chaos that is my life with an active family. I try to live authentically, hold myself accountable, and show up every day with my game jersey on. And I try not to judge myself too harshly when I make mistakes, like sending my kids to school without their lunches.
I STARTED EIGHTY BECAUSE: I discovered through years of trial and error that the key to my own good health and well-being was in the type and quality of food I consumed. I feel it is my responsibility to use the knowledge I've attained to help others achieve the same positive results, and I love doing it. For me, it's like solving a riddle. By combining the science of nutrition with my clients' unique lifestyle and health needs, I'm able to determine the specific dietary and lifestyle formula to help them make lasting changes.