A Little About My Journey


Hello! My name is Ashley Nichols (Sturgeon) and I am a cooking coach.  Helping others see how great they can feel with the right fuel is the best job ever! I have not always been an advocate for healthy eating though. In fact, Dr. Pepper and Chili Cheese Fritos used to be a staple in my diet. When a dairy allergy that caused me to have frequent, SEVERE migraines and later my son's gluten intolerance, which caused him to have low iron, forced me to start cleaning up my own diet (Thanks Dr. Fowler!), I was so amazed by the results, that I felt the need to share with anyone willing to listen. After going Paleo in April of 2014, in an attempt to support my mother's weight loss journey and feel my best, my passion for the relationship that our diet and health have with each other grew even more intensely.


Even though many people did not want to hear what I had to say, I could not ignore my desire to help those that wanted it, so in June of 2014, I started the journey to found Back 2 Basics Cooking and in October it became my full-time job! I hope to help foster a love for real food with the children that I work with, as well as being able to reestablish a connection between adults and their food. Being a work from home mom, I understand just how difficult it can be to keep up with eating real food in today's go go go society.


While I personally eat a (mostly) Paleo diet and believe it is a great starting point for most people trying to find a healthier diet, I do not believe it is the only healthy diet. I simply like that the Paleo diet will help you cut out inflammatory, nutrient poor foods and then after a period of rest for your body, you can add things a back in one at a time to see exactly what works well (or doesn't) for YOUR body!


DISCLAIMER: I am not a nutritionist or here to give you any health advice. Nothing that I say is meant to diagnose or cure any disease or illness. Always seek advice from your trained medical provider. I am simply a whole food advocate and food lover, that wishes to help you get back to cooking with whole foods, in hopes that it will help you as much as it has me. There are a ton of great resources out there that can explain the science behind why eating real food is better for you, so I will leave that to the experts to explain. Check out Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser and The Paleo Mom to get you started.

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