Wendy Renshaw is the founder of Leafy Kitchen, a unique integrative approach to holistic health coaching and nutritional cooking classes. In her programs, you will gain the confidence to prepare delicious meals that will also help reach your personal health goals. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Wendy is certified in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute and is a graduate of the Wellness Cooking Academy.
Wendy’s studies and training have covered over 100 dietary theories, methods, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching techniques with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Drawing on these skills and knowledge in holistic, culinary nutrition and her own successful holistic health journey, she works with clients to help them make the nutritional and dietary changes that produce real and lasting results.
Wendy is passionate about supporting and educating clients in how to achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle. She helps her clients reach their health goals in areas such as realizing their optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep and maximizing energy and wellness.
When asked about her own wellness journey, Wendy said: “I was born in Australia and as a baby I had chronic eczema and asthma. The doctors back then did not believe there was such a thing as a dairy allergy! We later moved to the UK, and after much trial and error my mother and I learned what foods I should avoid and how certain animals, perfumes and seasons and later stressful exam times all were triggers too. ‘Gluten free’ and ‘dairy free’ foods were unheard of in the grocery stores so we cooked and experimented a lot at home. After graduating from college, I worked in Spain and noticed how my conditions improved greatly while eating a Mediterranean diet, so I began to cook with more olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruits. When I came to the United States in 2000, I noticed how much sweeter everything tasted. I gradually began to gain weight and not feel well but after transitioning to a plant based diet my health dramatically improved. I live by the motto “Food changes everything!”
The role of the Health Coach is not to provide medical or nutrition therapy services; or to diagnose, treat or cure any disease, condition or other physical or mental ailment of the human body. Rather, the Health Coach is a mentor and guide who has been trained in holistic nutrition an d health coaching to help clients reach their own health goals by supporting them to devise and implement positive, sustainable lifestyle changes. The client understands that the Health Coach is not acting in the capacity of a doctor, licensed dietician-nutritionist, psychologist or other licensed or registered professional, and that any advice given by the Health Coach is not meant to take the place of advice by these professionals. If the client is under the care of a health care professional and/or currently uses prescriptions medications, the client should discuss any dietary changes or potential dietary supplements use with his or her doctor, and should not discontinue any prescription medications without first consulting his or her doctor.