Food Philosophy

The New School Kitchen isn’t a “diet” and doesn’t recommend or prescribe one pattern of eating.

The New School Kitchen is a Way of Life.


It is the application of these fundamental principles to any and all patterns of eating:

Eat Real Food. Foods that are as close to their natural/whole state or just a few steps from it are real. If it’s in a package, there are very few ingredients and you can pronounce all of them. If it grew out of the ground, walked/swam/flew freely and ate what it was intended to eat, it’s real. You have to get it in the kitchen and turn it into something to eat. Or drink! Also, quality matters. Sourcing the most nutrient dense Real Foods can take some effort.

Listen to Your Body. Our amazing bodies communicate with us, telling us which foods (and liquids) work and which don’t — some signs are subtle and others we often choose to ignore. Being in tune with your body is a practice, and as we change what we are eating and how we treat our bodies, we receive new cues and information. Feeding yourself nutrient dense Real Food is a powerful act of self-love. 

Make Vegetables the Rock Stars on Your Plate! Whether you’re eating meat or not, grains or not, dairy or not, legumes or not, vegetables should be taking up at least half the room on your plate. Eating plants is the best way to load up on nutrients and receive what you need to support your body to heal. The leafy greens ones are particularly important. Superfoods are super-cool, but learning new ways to cook all the veggies is a really important part of this equation. 

Develop New School Habits. We make cooking Real Food more realistic with easy-to-follow methods and recipes in the kitchen, but creating new habits around your whole nourishment process is essential. inside my programs I equip you with the info, inspo and insight to hack into your own stuck-places and get some momentum with your while nourishment process. 

Shift Your Mindset. Changing your food can often mean changing your mind. Stop doing the stuff that’s holding you back and experience freedom with food when you allow yourself to be vulnerable, speak your truth, ask for what you need, and feel what you’re feeling. Changing your food-stuff can be messy, and that’s ok! It just means you’re human. I’m right there with you! 

Meet Ry

Ryanna Battiste, NBC-HWC

Founder, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach

Ryanna is at the front of The New School Kitchen stage, offering inspiration as entertainment in her videos and through her coaching. She has found her purpose working with people who struggle to find what makes them feel awesome in their bodies, because it reflects her own deeply personal journey. She is a mom to two amazing boys who are her greatest teachers and is married to a man who is her secret weapon for success. Ry believes unequivocally in the power of food to heal not just physical ailments, but emotional and spiritual ones as well. She practices yoga when she can, wishes she were more of a gardener, has a deep and abiding love for maple syrup, and skims cookbooks and self-help books in bed every night.


To help busy people cook Real food in less time so they can heal their bodies and love themselves.

I have a vision to reach the caretakers, healers, and helpers with The New School Kitchen Philosophy, so that the planet can be renewed with Real Food.

I see a world where individuals take responsibility for their nourishment, and learn how to consistently cook the food that feeds their body best.

Learning to heal with food often means learning to live a more intentional life.

If we can become well in our bodies and minds, that means the earth, our children, our communities, and our food and health systems can also begin to heal.

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