Susan Tucker is the founder of Green Beat Life, LLC, a nutrition counseling practice.
Susan is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she earned certification in Nutrition Counseling. She holds the Nutrition and Wellness Consultant certificate from American Fitness Professionals and Associates, as well as certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation administered by Cornell University’s School of Continuing Education. During her training, Susan studied over 100 dietary theories and methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in nutrition counseling, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and knowledge, she works with clients to help them make the nutritional and dietary lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results, and enables them to navigate their way to optimal health, energy and balance.
I was born and raised in New York City, and as a child, spent summers on Cape Cod. One of my earliest memories is walking through the vegetable garden in my backyard and finding things to munch on like green beans, cucumbers and divinely sweet tomatoes. In the early fall, the corn grew way above me! I rejoiced in knowing this fresh produce would be on my plate for those delicious summer meals. Little did I know what a huge impression those veggies would have on my life!
In more recent years, I found myself swept away by the corporate culture and quite out of sorts. My dietary lifestyle was often unbalanced and hard to control. However, a fascination grew in me about the way people were eating, what people were eating each day, and the many ailments and issues, both physical and emotional, that arose due to food. As a result of eating out or getting take-out almost everyday, eating at my desk or on-the-go, and eating under extreme stress, I began to have my own aches and pains. Something had to give! I started to prepare my own meals at home with fresh foods, and bring them to work each day, including snacks. It naturally became part of my weekly routine. The time I thought I did not have to prepare my own meals, was suddenly born out of the fundamental necessity and desire to feel well.
I have been a successful and healthy vegetarian for 37 years, and am well versed in delicious and diverse plant-based cuisine. I chose a practice in the field of nutrition because of my passion for living the optimal life and the process of striving for that. I’m amazed every day at the opportunity the earth has provided for us to optimize our health and well-being through whole, fresh foods. I love the culinary arts and the connection they bring us to ourselves, to our friends and loved ones, and to the environment. I believe the future of nutrition, our health and the health of the planet greatly lie in a whole food, plant-based diet. And that future is now!
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