Monica Corrado is a teaching chef, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and Certified GAPS Practitioner who is passionate about illuminating the connection between food and well-being. A member of the Honorary Board of the Weston A. Price Foundation for more than 20 years, Monica is a dynamic teacher, speaker, consultant, and author who lives to share the tools, knowledge and inspiration to cook nourishing, traditional food. She is also the author of The Complete Cooking Techniques for the GAPS Diet published by Selene River Press.
Various health challenges led Monica down the path to discovering the healing potential of food. While searching for the best quality, healing foods, she discovered farmer Joel Salatin and Polyface farms, Biodynamic farming as well as raw milk. Around this same time, she even started an organic and biodynamic catering company to feed and educate people.
Over time, Monica was able to heal her body and regain her strength. Monica utilizes an ancient method of cooking to prepare nourishing and healing foods, from meat stock and bone broth to cultured dairy and lacto-fermented foods. These traditional cooking techniques have been around for millennia and have served our ancestors very well.
Monica started with this Weston A Price nourishing traditions diet and later discovered Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome). Monica’s book has become the official cook book for the GAPS Practitioner training program.
Monica makes an important distinction between Meat Stock and Bone Broth. While Meat Stock is the foundation of the introduction diet in the GAPS program, Bone Broth is much more advanced and comes later in the diet.
Monica has focused her work on the gut brain connection. In fact, she an authority on cooking for healing leaky gut. Her approach is to focus on healing & sealing the gut lining as well as restoring a healthy beneficial gut flora.
For anyone feeling a little overwhelmed, Monica’s advice is this: “start somewhere.” She asks the question: where can you start? She says to pick one thing and get started. It might be as simple as stop eating the processed food and sugar. Then, it might be to experiment making a meat stock. The key is to pick one thing and just get started.
Monica talks about some of her regular healing practices such as spending time outdoors in nature, getting plenty of sleep, moving her body and of course consuming plenty of nutrient dense meat stock.
For Monica, it’s so critical to practice self-care and take care of your own physical, mental and emotional health first. As she says: “you cannot pour from an empty bucket.” You need to re-charge so you can give to others.
You can learn more about Monica and her work here: https://simplybeingwell.com/
You can find her book The Complete Cooking Techniques for the GAPS Diet right here: https://www.seleneriverpress.com/shop/the-complete-cooking-techniques-for-the-gaps-diet/