Hi, I'm Rachel!

Certified Natural Foods Chef, Culinary Instructor, & Macrobiotic Health & Diet Coach

Cooking is one of the best ways to spend time with friends and family, and it's the only real path to recapture your radiant health.
- Rachel Zierzow

I created Cook Love Heal after 10 years of cooking for clients, teaching hundreds of culinary students, and working on my own personal healing. I wanted to share my experience using healing, natural foods and simple but profound daily practices to bring life into balance. 

Over the years, I have come to understand that no one diet fits all, and  that no diet fits anyone for all time. Paying attention to the signals your body gives you, and make adjustments as you go is the key. You can expect your diet to change over time, as you learn, get older, take on new challenges, and reach new health goals.

Now I eat for health and vitality, and what brings balance to my life. It can be confusing to figure this out, due to all the conflicting information out there. I usually find restrictive diets to be more harmful than helpful, and recommend a slow and steady transition to whole foods based eating to bring vital nutrients to your body. Eating in a way that is both cleansing and nourishing is a good goal— this way you feel satisfied by your meals, but you are eating in a way that does not bring stress to your body. This is one of the main principles I apply to my cuisine.

So many people are suffering from mystery illnesses, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, infertility, and thyroid issues, as well as more traditional ailments such as diabetes, digestive issues, and heart disease. I can definitely relate. 

Let’s face it; we are bombarded in our environment by radiation (cell phones, Wifi, EMFs), viruses (Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease, and others), toxins (heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides), and pollution affecting our land, air, and water (which winds up in the food supply), not to mention chemicalized, processed foods. 

How can our bodies stand a chance against all of this? I believe it is fundamental to eat well, in order to nourish our bodies and boost the immune system, and also continually cleanse from environmental toxins. This is what led me to learn how to cook healing foods for myself, and ultimately to share my knowledge with people dealing with the same issues as me.

In my attempts to heal from leaky gut, IBS, heavy metal toxicity, and thyroid issues, I have tried versions of raw, vegan, macrobiotic, and paleo diets. Frankly, I didn’t even know what was wrong at the beginning, I just knew I was very sick. I desperately wanted to find to the root cause of my illness so I wouldn’t have to continue taking medications or have surgeries to cover up symptoms for the rest of my life. 

Over time, I learned what works for me and what doesn’t work in a diet. Some people can literally eat anything and feel great (at least for a time!). I have to be more careful about what I eat in order to stay healthy, but it is well worth it. I’m here to help you navigate the confusing world of food and healing through my online course Cook Naturally Without A Recipe, my weekly subscription service (coming April 2020!), and in-person classes and lessons (when that becomes possible again).

I wish you the best of luck on your journey to build a solid foundation for your health with healing foods and  lifestyle choices.

  • My Passion
    I’m committed to teaching women (and their families) how to create radiant health in a way that is fun, sustainable, and non-judgmental. When we enjoy health and happiness, we can truly thrive, help others, and follow our dreams. This is my wish for all of us!
  • Where did I learn how to cook?
    As a child, I followed my mother around the garden and observed how she transformed food into meals. She taught me that FOOD = LOVE. At 30, I took a 3-year healing chef training course in macrobiotic studies and natural foods cooking at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas. Shortly after that I taught plant-based cooking there for over 10 years.
  • Diet Preference
    My diet evolves over time according to my needs. Now it is primarily plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free, with lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, and olive oil, with some wild caught fish and pasture-raised meats.
  • Health Challenges
    Health challenges such as leaky gut, IBS, heavy metal toxicity, low thyroid, and chronic fatigue led me to search for alternatives to conventional medicine and then to a career in helping others improve their health naturally.
  • Fitness Routine
    I gave up running and going to the gym years ago, as it was too intense for me while I was working on my healing. Now I prefer yoga, walking in nature, and swimming outdoors.
  • Favorite Food and Drink
    Kombucha, Loire Valley wines (special occasions!), and all kinds of fruits and vegetables— artichokes, kabocha squash, mangoes, and shiitake mushrooms top the list!
  • My Favorite Food Movie
    My family and I all love the documentary "Miso Hungry!" It's a wonderful look at an Australian comedian and filmmaker who goes to Japan to learn about the healing aspects of Japanese cooking and lifestyle.
  • You might not know about me…
    I studied ornithology for many years and got an MA in Ecology and Evolution. If you’d like to go out birding on a cool spring day, call me up!
  • Travel
    I love traveling to see family and friends. I especially love travel when I can be in nature, visit with friends, and cook delicious food together!
  • Where did I grow up?
    I was born and raised in Connecticut, went to college in Maine, and moved to Austin for graduate school. It was a big switch, but now I feel at home sitting under a live oak, swimming in spring fed pools, gazing at the sunset in vast open skies, and having friends from all over the world.
  • Credentials
    Rachel holds a BA in Biology and an MA in Ecology and Evolution, certifications in Natural Foods Cooking and Macrobiotic Counseling, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.

COVID-19 Precautions:

All in-person classes, lessons, and workshops are postponed until further notice due to shelter-in-place and social distancing orders in effect in Travis County.

To help people adjust to this crisis I am creating a new, affordable subscription service for everyone who is now finding themselves cooking from home more than ever. I hope to offer it for free or pay-what-you-can to people who have lost their jobs in this crisis. We are still working on the details, but hope to have it live in early April.

If you’d like to get a notice when the new subscription service is ready, join my list and I will keep you updated!

I am also continuing to offer online culinary instruction with my online course: Cook Naturally Without A Recipe (see front page or top menu)

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Questions?

Call or email me to schedule a consultation or talk about one of my services. I love meeting with people, and I’m always happy to chat!

(512) 217-1259

rachel@cookloveheal.com

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Welcome!

I would love to have you as part of the Cook Love Heal Community! I’ll send you my Natural Health Starter Kit for free when you join, and I’ll also keep you updated with amazing recipes, yoga ideas and tips for how to live a balanced life. Look forward to meeting you!

I’m excited to share that my new online course, Cook Naturally Without A Recipe, is up and open for enrollment, and you can buy a gift voucher for someone you love! Take a look at what’s in the course and join me in creating your best health! 

We can help each other through these trying times

I want to do something to help everyone who is finding themselves home and cooking more than ever. My husband, daughter and I have been doing regular free live events on Facebook, and I am creating a low-cost subscription to help people stay healthy while we all work to get through these challenging times. One of the most important things to me is community, so more than ever I want to focus on the community side of Cook Love Heal.

Join me in the Cook Love Heal Community

I am working on creating more ways to connect the community through healthy food. I’ll let you know when my Facebook Live events are happening,  and when I have new community events like Q&A’s and virtual dinners and happy hours. And just like before this started, when you join the Cook Love Heal Community I’ll send you my Natural Health Starter Kit for free, along with regular recipes & tips every week.

For those who have the time to delve deeper, you can enroll in my new online course, Cook Naturally Without A Recipe, deepen your kitchen skills and make your time cooking at home more delicious and healthy. 

We’re all in this together. Let’s help each other build a better future

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