Vegan Daughter Paleo Son

About Us

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Pictured above: my taste testers, critics, and greatest inspiration. 🙂 

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My professional background is in food preparations – from flipping burgers and making funnel cakes to macrobiotic pastas, raw foods production, and vegan bakery – as well as in visual arts and theater education. To me, all of these things connect. The arts – including culinary – feed, nourish, and enrich.

If you tell me that you cannot have certain foods, I get very excited about turning that upside down. Tell me what you CAN have and those foods which make you feel nourished and at peace. If you don’t know, let’s find them! If you do know, let’s optimize them!

I am not a healthcare provider. My degree is in classic Culinary Arts, along with Sports and Health Nutrition. However, this blog is not here for diagnosis, only information. The healthcare provider of your choosing can help you determine what to eat; I simply explore ways to make it work for you – your tastes, your health, and your lifestyle.

Each person in my family is fueled by different foods. Over the last couple of years, my daughter has found that she thrives on a predominantly vegan diet. My son, however, is a carnivore, although when I feed him he is a plant-based carnivore. Most of the time I am pretty thrilled with beans and rice. Providing meals that work well for all of us without feeling like a short-order cook has become a necessity. But a fun one! If nothing else, my life is without boredom. Hopefully, you can take inspiration from the foods we like to eat and customize them to your own family.

Ultimately, we all do have some things in common. Our food simply must:

  • Fuel and nourish our bodies
  • Be easily accessible
  • Taste great!

And not necessarily in that order!

In addition, we generally also want variety in flavors and textures, balance, and to have a diet which fits comfortably into our personal lifestyle. I could discuss this for pages!

Good Health and Good Eating to You!

Gina Bean
Personal Chef

Food Highs Definitions

  1. Sensory Highs – Our diet must delight the senses. If it does not taste good, no one will eat it!
  2. Synergy – when the combined (nutrient) effect is greater than the sum (of two individual foods)… or 2 + 2 = 5, or 6, or 10!
  3. Individualize – there is no one-size-fits-all diet. What works best for you?
  4. Bioavailability – Methods & processes which unlock the most nutrients possible from each bite
  5. Nourishing the soul – When you are eating the right foods for your body, you actually get to experience a calming, nourishing reward that is better than any pharmaceutical-induced “high” – leaving one feeling centered, at peace, refreshed.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
 – Hippocrates
“He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.” – Chinese proverb

  1. Carol Page
    Carol PageOctober 1,13

    Love your website!!!

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaOctober 1,13

      Thank you, Carol Page! Let me know what you want to see, and I will do my best to provide it.

  2. Ricki
    RickiOctober 3,13

    Gina, this has my 100 percent endorsement. This is the “real you”. When you were a small child you would choose a serving of spinach over a candy bar. And when you were a young teenager you would encourage your friends to eat a piece of fruit for a quick snack, instead of junk food. You have been interested in nutritional health your whole life. I am not surprised that you became a personal chef. – Mom

  3. juli
    juliOctober 16,13

    Amazing!!! I encourage everyone to explore foodhighs!!!

  4. MaryAnne
    MaryAnneDecember 23,13

    I love Patty too.
    So happy to see you now.
    Patty always

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaDecember 23,13

      What is not to love? 🙂 She makes it easy. For anyone who does not know Patty, she contributed her handed down Albondigas Soup… and will probably share more. Stay tuned!

  5. MaryAnne
    MaryAnneDecember 23,13

    So happy to see you Gina, Patty mentions you.so many times with great affection.
    I’ll look forward to your recipes and comments

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaDecember 23,13

      How nice! Thank you. I am thrilled to have you on board here. 🙂 And I can’t wait to get more Patty recipes. She is the best!

  6. RSG
    RSGMarch 18,14

    Gina I love your website. My family has tried many of the recipes on here and so far the whole family has loved them, including the one with sensory issues. I have a couple of challenges for you. First one, do you know how to make grits that taste like popcorn without making popcorn? I tried a recipe from Whole Foods; it was unbelievably scrumptious, but also labor- and time- intensive. Second, how about a no-cook, wheat-, dairy-, egg-free pumpkin pie?

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaMarch 20,14

      Thank you! And what great questions!
      Popcorn grits… Personally, I like popcorn kernels because they are not genetically modified, as is most corn product used in the states. So this is a great idea. Is the recipe you are using something like this one? http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/popcorn-grits/
      No cook, wheat-dairy-egg-free pumpkin pie – Okay, I am on it! My favorite time to work with pumpkin is in the fall when you can take the kids and pull one straight from the field, gut it, crawl into it, immerse yourself in pumpkin goodness. 🙂 I have ideas… but I will test them out first before sharing. 🙂

  7. Debra
    DebraOctober 17,15

    Amazing! My sister-in-law just referred me to your blog, OMGoodness, I can’t wait to pour over the food ideas!

    • Chef Gina
      Chef GinaOctober 19,15

      I would like to say that you have a very smart sister-in-law. 😉 Thank you Debra!

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