Tina Leigh is the founder of Haute Health, a company devoted to supporting whole body transformation through therapeutic nutrition counseling and customized holistic health services. She is a natural foods chef, nutrition consultant, and certified holistic health counselor. She was the recipe developer for The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking, has been featured on Fox News, The Food Network, and in Cooking Light Magazine, and has just completed her latest works, Balanced Raw to be released this March.
A lover of fresh foods and all things ‘natural’ since childhood, the Portland, Oregon native pursued a career as a chef at age twenty-one. Rather than going to work in a restaurant environment she chose the path of a private “health chef” where she could use her intuitive gifts and nutrition education to nurture her clientele with therapeutic foods.
After attending college in southern Utah, where she studied business management and nutrition, she launched a thriving meal delivery service, Urban Cuisine, in Salt Lake City and later moved her operation to Southern California. Though her business was booming, she struggled to stay active and focused as mysterious illnesses, plaguing her since youth, kept showing up. For years, Tina had looked to conventional doctors for treatment of a long list of medical conditions. They would address symptoms with medication and send her away, only to have her soon visit again with another ailment.
After working with more than twenty doctors over the course of twenty-two years, and amassing a nearly six-figure debt, she was determined to take health into her own hands and discover what was keeping her from living a vibrant life. She attended seminars and conferences and read every book and case study she could get her hands on about barriers to health such as chemical, radioactive, and environmental toxins, body acidity, antibiotics and hormones, food additives and preservatives, stress, and unresolved emotional pain.
Extensive research combined with experimentation led her to self-heal through eating a whole foods plant-based diet, routinely practicing yoga and meditation, by incorporating herbal medicine, and learning to heal emotional wounds, which she discovered had manifested much of her physical illness. After an intense four-year recovery, she was free of almost every condition. Her wellness transformation was so powerful she was inspired to help others in their journey to health and wholeness and attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to receive certification as a holistic health counselor.
Today, she works with restaurateurs to enhance their menus with fresh juices, gluten-free, and vegan cuisine, consults wellness organizations on how to develop services that will best nurture and transform the health of their clients, and shares inspirational messages of health and whole being transformation through eNewsletters and her blog.
Certified Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Certified Personal Health Chef from United States Personal Chef Association
Certified Theta Practitioner from the Theta Healing Institute