I’m Aly–– a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), photographer, and real food lover from New York.

If you asked me when I was a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I can assure you–– I never in a million years would have answered “a nutritionist,” because let’s be real, food is delicious! Before I really adopted a healthier lifestyle, I didn’t know that healthy foods could taste nearly as good as the junk I was eating at the time. The thought of giving up those precious foods sounded like a death sentence to me… until I tried it.

My real food journey started back when I was in college. I was living away from home and I had an entire city’s worth of food at my fingertips, and no parents to tell me what to do or eat. I, like most 17 and 18 year olds in college, chose to eat all of the junk food I could get my hands on, because it was cheap, convenient, and nobody stopped me. I gained a lot of weight, I was sluggish and tired all the time, my face broke out, I had a lot of digestive problems, and really the symptom list just goes on and on. It wasn’t until my 4th semester at college that I finally realized I’d had enough of feeling miserable all of the time. I knew something needed to change and since life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you need sometimes, I logged onto Facebook one morning to find a relative posting about a Whole30 challenge. Intrigued, I googled it, stalked the creators’ Instagram, looked up a ton of related recipes online, and knew I needed to give it a try. I told myself, “I’ll start tomorrow,” and January 2nd, 2013 was the first day that phrase actually meant something to me. I started. Then I failed. Then I started again… and failed a few more times, but eventually I did it–– and it seriously changed my life.

I found myself wanting to shout from all the rooftops in New York City about how great it’s possible to feel when you’re actually nourished. I decided to combine this newfound excitement with my existing passion for photography along with the love of good food that’s hardwired into the blood of all Italians and founded a food blog called Grass Fed Kitchen in 2013.

Since then, I’ve been eating a mostly Paleo diet, which I don’t like to admit too often, since there tends to be some sort of stigma attached to that word. I prefer to say I’m eating what’s right for me–– and that basic philosophy is the real heart of what Nourished New York is all about! It’s also the same philosophy that led me to finding the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2015, where I studied and graduated with my NTP certification in June of 2016.

While I may not have always wanted to be a nutritionist when I grew up, it’s become more and more clear to me in recent months that there couldn’t be a more perfect field for me to work in. I’m so committed to helping people reach their health goals because with the right guidance and some dedication… none of them are too far out of reach! I genuinely want everyone around me to be healthy that it pains me to see others suffering when their problems could often easily be solved with simple dietary and lifestyle shifts. That’s why the goal here at Nourished is pretty simple–– to get you feeling good so you can live the life you deserve!