Amy R Nielsen, INHC, Chef, Herbalist

I am a classically trained Chef and journeyman Herbalist. I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I work extensively with fermented foods and beverages. As an avid amateur food historian, I reach back in time to listen to the wisdom of our Grands. I am also trained in Shambala meditation for children.

I am currently in the second half of my graduate studies in Integrative Clinical Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Practice Philosophy

My work centers on creating holistic lifestyle protocols based in body, mind, and spiritual practice for patients diagnosed with IBD while understanding the implications of current western medical treatments. Together we work towards achieving long term remission. I also work with clients living with other conditions that benefit from lifestyle and dietary changes, including autism spectrum and autoimmune conditions. My focus is to shape habits through body, mind, and spiritual avenues to create a lifestyle of wellness that supports a healing gut.


I am developing more classes all the time. If you have a specific topic you would like covered, message me and I’ll see what we can work out.

I am currently offering live classes in the North East quardant of the US. I travel from Virginia to Maine and west to the Ohio border. I offer skype and phone consultations to those outside this area. If you are looking for live classes outside that area, please message me – I love to travel and the chance to explore somewhere new is very welcome. I will be hosting live online classes starting in the Fall 2018. View the Calendar.

Blog and Research

I am currently a graduate student at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in the Clinical Nutrition program. I am facinated by how we become us and the transition point between out there and in here. My passion is understanding metabolic pathways and how to acheive systemic balance and harmony. I am researching IBD, specifically Crohn’s disease. From time to time, I will post new blog content pertaining to specific topics relating to Crohn’s disease. Many of these will have been written as assignments for my graduate classes. All works are my own and all material otherwise is APA referenced.

Oh Health Coach, why is my stomach so acidic?

The stomach of a healthy human maintains itself at a very low pH in order to accomplish a couple very specific tasks. The stomach acts as the holding tank for the first part of digestion immediately following chewing and swallowing. The first jobs is to aid in breaking apart molecules into smaller more digestible bits [...]

Oh Health Coach why is potassium bromate enriched bread bad for me?

First a bit about bread. Bread can be made of many types of flour. What makes bread fluffy and chewy is gluten. Gluten is a long protein found in several grains, most specifically in wheat. Gluten is made of two different proteins called glutenin and gliadin. When wheat flour is milled it is called “green [...]

Oh Health Coach what is titanium dioxide and why is it in everything?

Titanium dioxide, TiO2 or titanium (IV) oxide, is a titanium rust. Titanium is a transition metal with an atomic number of 22. It is a naturally occurring element originally discovered in small deposits in England in the late 1700’s. Titanium is a soft light grey malleable metal. When exposed to air it oxidizes, or rusts, [...]


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~Amy R Nielsen
Catskills NY, USA

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