Food Rock Star Cheryl Harris

Even though Cheryl only lives 29 miles away we’ve not met face to face, yet.  I’m hoping that will change this month.  I’ve heard Cheryl’s name for years now in the gluten free and nutrition community.  She does a lot of speaking, great demos and classes like Living and Loving a Gluten-Free Diet.   I think when she and I get together we may have to talk about her dream and my dream as there is a lot of overlap.  Hmmm.  Read on, you’re going to love Cheryl!

Name : Cheryl Iny Harris

Business and or blog name: Harris Whole Health


Location:  Alexandria, VA

Favorite quote: I’m quite a fan of quotes, and it differs by the day.

“You can search the world over and will never find anyone more deserving of your love than yourself” Buddhist saying

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly” (unknown)

“save the earth!  It’s the only planet with chocolate” (unknown)

“of all the people I’ve ever been, I like being me best”

Focus of blog or business: Gluten-free recipes

Social Media I play in: Twitter

I started my blog in the month and year:  April 2008.  Wow!  I didn’t realize it was 3 years

Professional organizations I belong to:  Um….about 8 dietetics association practice groups.  I’m a total nutrition nerd.

Training/education I received:  BS Nutrition, MPH in Public Health Nutrition, Wellcoaches Coach training, Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Mind Body Trainings

My favorite healthy food:  Kale!

My favorite snack food:  um…kale?  Well, sometimes.  Cashews, and chocolate, together or separately.

My top 3 healthiest foods I love to eat or recommend:  recommend Chia, hemp, salmon, to eat: mango, avocado, ginger

Childhood ambition:  to be a butterfly.  Still working on it.

My favorite cookbook:  Hmmm. I really love the Spice and Herb Bible.

Wildest dream:  Win the lottery, and have a 2nd house which I can use as a teaching kitchen, and a teaching garden out back.

Favorite activity:  spending time in my garden or by a stream.

Favorite thing to cook:  Bittersweet chestnut fudge.

It’s like crack, but the the most wholesome way possible. 😉

Favorite kitchen tool:  food processor

Biggest risk I’ve taken:  Quitting a well-paying, stable, successful full time job and starting my own business.

Favorite exercise:  Oh my. My physical activity is limited because of neurological issues, but I love dancing.

Proudest moment:  That’s a hard one.  I think I’m most proud of how I’ve evolved over the years and pushed myself to do more than I thought possible.

What I you do to treat myself:  Daily meditations and periodic silent retreats, taking time for myself and reflection.

What I do to feel at peace:  Spend time on “my” mountain, host a meditation group, sit at my favorite stream, sit with 2 kitties purring on my tummy.

Biggest challenge:  Difficulty walking for 8 years.  Now, see, when I become a butterfly (see childhood ambition) I imagine this will be a logical solution to the problem…

Favorite vacation spot:  Cacapon Mountain, WV

Craziest thing I’ve ever done:  played rugby despite breaking my jaw twice.

Health concerns I’ve cleared up:  Lyme disease.

Books I’ve written:  none

I started my blog to:  I figured there must be SOMEONE with the same food restrictions as I had, and I imagined they’d love finding a fellow traveler!

What I hope the people that visit my blog find:  Real food can be tasty!  My recipes are a bit quirky–you can find a white bean pie, chestnut fudge and black bean frosting–but almost all are made with simple, unprocessed ingredients and are allergen friendly.

Top 3 results people get from visiting my blog:  People check out the weekly menu swap, get new recipes and info.

Products and/or services I offer:  nutrition counseling/coaching

What I love about what I do:  Everything.  I simply have the most wonderful clients and it is such a blessing in my life to be able to support people on their journeys to health.

How am I making a difference in my community:  I pictured myself in public health, not private practice.  So my ways of giving back are free newsletters, free classes at local Celiac groups, and Celiac videos coming out soon.

My greatest success so far:  Having a blissfully wonderful job and family and the ability to see the gifts and blessings in my life, despite (still) significant medical challenges.

In the future I see myself:  The nicest thing is that I really don’t know, but I can’t wait.



8 Responses to Food Rock Star Cheryl Harris

  1. cheryl May 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Thanks for featuring me, Diane! It was fun to do and fun to read the profiles for your other rock stars, too.

  2. Iris May 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I had no idea how much Cheryl and I have in common! (rugby, wanting to be a butterfly, and more) I've got to go e-mail her now and learn more about her practice as an RD!

  3. glutenfreeforgood May 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    As I say each time, I love these "up close and personal" views of my favorite bloggers. This was such a good idea, Diane! And you picked a good one with Cheryl. She's smart, sweet, cute and full of good energy! You two need to meet for lunch since you're so close to each other. Gosh, I might even check Orbitz and see if I could join you! =) Well, that's probably unrealistic, but it sounds good.
    Peace, love and gluten-free butterflies (in all forms)!

  4. Shirley @ gfe May 5, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Cheryl is such a delightful person and a great resource for those who are (or need to be) gluten free. Loved learning more about her! Butterflies are the best. 😉


  5. Ricki May 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Cheryl is such an inspiration to me on a regular basis. . . I loved learning more about her. And she just gave me my new favorite quote! 🙂

  6. cheryl May 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Since you are so close, you are absolutely more than welcome to raspberry plants or an artichoke plant if you're a gardener…let me know.
    Delighted to meet another rugger. Takes a certain personality for sure!
    would love to meet you! I wish we could all have a big bloggy get together and food fest.
    You are as always a sweetie!
    Which quote is your new fav? (I'm betting chocolate, but ya never know)

  7. Alisa Fleming May 6, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I've never met Cheryl – how great to discover someone new! Love the chocolate quote 🙂

  8. tastyeatsathome May 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    I've just recently discovered Cheryl – she's a wonderful person and love her creativity! And it's wonderful to be a nutrition nerd, I think!