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 2 foundational 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. 

Ryanna Battiste, NBC-HWC

Founder, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach

Ryanna 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 2 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, lives in rural SC, is a passionate advocate for plant medicine, and is focused on a lifestyle of healing for herself and her family. 

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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