About – Integrative Nutrition Health and Wellness: Whole Food Plant-Based Living

Plant Food and Gratitude is a plant-based platform that provides lifestyle information to people interested in making lifestyle changes to improve their health, wellness, and contentment with their life.

It’s scary to make change. We know that. In fact, many of us have their own stories of overcoming health challenges. We have gathered the best up-to-date information to offer you support, strategies and solutions, so you can start making a difference in your health today.

Here are Plant Food and Gratitude , we are very clear on what drives us.

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Our Mission:

To improve the world’s health and wellness by providing unsurpassed, supportive, holistic, and integrative nutritional health information.

Our Vision:

We envision a future in which the prevalent way of thinking about wellness will be maintenance of vibrant health through nourishing nutrition, energizing exercise, centering relaxation, fulfilling relationships and barrels of laughter creating a joyful soulful life.

Our founders’ education has equipped us with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on our expertise, we provide information to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. With a lifestyle change toward a plant-based way of eating, you will develop a deeper understanding of food choices that work best for you. The result is improved energy, balance, health, and happiness.

By following up-to-date information  will leave you feeling empowered and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships, as well as career and money. We will guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.

Get in touch to find out more today.

Our Founders

Our founders graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where we learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories.  However, with all the conflicting  information that is circulating in the media, many people are confused about what makes a healthy diet. Evidence strongly demonstrates that the more plant based whole foods that are consumed while minimizing refined and processed products leads to a happy life at a healthy weight.  At the same time this diet also reduced cardiovascular risks, cancer, diabetes and  other chronic disease.

We’ve also studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts, including:

  • Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Andrew Weil, MD director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Deepak Chopra, MD, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
  • David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Christiane Northrup, MD,Women’s Health Expert, and New York Times Best-Selling Author
  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
  • David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
  • Mark Bittman, food writer for the New York Times and bestselling author
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
  • Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, Clinical researcher, author, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

… and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. You can learn more about our individual founders below.

Stacy Musial

Stacy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for whole-person wellness. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Colorado State University in Social Work and has been providing mental health therapy to individuals in community mental health, private practice, and online therapy venues. She began her journey into health when she realized her own was not optimal and it impacted the way she felt physically, emotionally and spiritually. Personal research led her to believe there was a huge piece missing to many of the current traditional forms of therapy, and she has made it her quest to find a sustainable and lasting change. Her journey led her to earn a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® . As a Health Coach, Stacy has combined her experience in mental health counseling with her interest in nutrition and whole person wellness, helping others find their way back to living a life full of energy and vibrancy, the way we’re meant to be living. Stacy enjoys running, biking, yoga and fermenting yummy foods.

Susan Musial Bigelow

Sue is a Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner with a passion for organic gardening and believes good health starts in the kitchen. Sue earned her Bachelor’s of Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts, and worked for many years in the veterinary and pet industries with a focus on animal nutrition. She noticed that skin and ear infections could often be cured with dietary changes. Throughout her journey, she continued to educate herself regarding health, wellness and nutrition, spirituality and lifestyle improvements, realizing all issues have a root cause. Going through her own personal and career transformation, Sue earned a degree in Respiratory Therapy, assisting babies with their first breaths, helping the chronically ill to breathe, and comforting the elderly taking their last breath. Sue continued her education and received her Masters of Science in Administration from Saint Michael’s College. After witnessing too many patients dying of preventable chronic disease, she was motivated to pursue a certificate as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. As a Health Coach, Sue guides others facing the desire to change to a newer and brighter tomorrow. Her passion embraces animals, horseback riding, kayaking, cooking, and walks in the wilderness.

Sandra Musial MD

Sandy is a pediatrician who believes that the foundation of a healthy life starts with healthy food. Growing up, she was inspired by her father who had a keen interest in nutrition. She earned a BS in Nutritional Sciences and then went on to get her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After training as a pediatrician, Sandy worked in private practice for 13 years where she focused on children’s health and wellness as well as breastfeeding. She then joined Hasbro Primary Care as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University, teaching the pediatric residents and medical students. Working with an increasing number of undernourished obese children, she was motivated to train at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® to earn a certificate in Health Coaching. Though she has witnessed the healing power of allopathic medicine, she has also seen its limitations, especially with regard to disease prevention through healthy nutrition. Sandy helps others find their optimal health by exploring the various facets of health and wellness, and making changes toward a healthier whole life. Sandy enjoys gardening, yoga, knitting and sweater alchemy.