Hi, I'm Rachel!

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

Chef Rachel Zierzow, Cook Love Heal

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.
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(512) 217-1259, rachel@cookloveheal.com