Be the cook your family can’t stop raving about.

We do it several times a day. EAT.

Are you forking up frozen meals? Trying to figure out what to cook? Wanting more vegetables and protein that tastes good?

Let’s change that. My secret sauce is realistic food solutions to boost your energy. Food can be delish and nutrish — all on the same fork!

LiveBesties say:

Great recipe!

This was fantastic!

Another winner!

This is a total keeper!

I can’t wait to try more!

Are you hungry for more? I help people live stronger, longer, deliciously. Get yummy, craveable recipes and wellness scoop to help you thrive (without spending hours in the kitchen and shopping at 3 stores!).

You must be present to win

The tagline of LiveBest is you must be present to win. That means showing up in your own life to live the life you want. Food nourishes you, but you also need to feed your soul so that you have more of the good stuff.

  • Do you want to live a healthier life?
  • Have you been searching for realistic food solutions?
  • Do you long to enjoy delicious, healthy food?

Many people struggle with these same issues. You’re not alone and I’m here to help. As an author, columnist, media source, recipe developer, food enthusiast, and registered dietitian, wellness is always on the menu. If you’re looking to live healthier and eat delicious food, you’re in the right place. It’s where we LiveBest — one step at a time, so you can thrive and live your life and dreams with vitality.

One of my greatest joys is hearing someone whose had fun with me

Thank you for a great class!  It was fun and tasted wonderful! I will definitely fix that again.  My husband also really liked it!” Liz
Thanks for adding such fun and nutrition to our lives! I look forward to more fun classes with you!” Mary Anne
I felt lighter after the Crush Dinner Bootcamp. The meals were satisfying but I just felt better,” said one student.
We will definitely make your recipes again! We have taken classes with such complicated recipes that I have not made them since,” said Marilyn.

I teach online cooking classes plus I have spoken to thousands of people at dozens of conferences and webinars across the United States.

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I can help you turn your good intentions into effective actions

You know you should “eat better.” Cut down on sugar and salt. Eat more lean protein and vegetables. It sounds easy enough, but are you confused and hungry for solid information? You’ve got an expert at your fingertips! I’m here to help you do it.

There is so much “noise” about healthy eating and how to do it. We all make food choices, but we’re typically not taught how to do it well. I spell it out in my webinar series and books Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being and LiveBest Seasonally, A Fresh Approach to a Life of Vitality where I help you  — to you get to where you want to be.

My webinar series and book Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being are step-by-step programs that show you how to make small changes each day for lasting results you can see and feel in just 6 weeks.

Stay for the solutions

If you are looking for a quick way to lose weight, you should visit a different website. But after you do, and learn that “quick solutions” only result in weight loss followed by weight gain, then come back here and learn to LiveBest. I don’t count calories nor do I offer diets or dieting advice. What you will find are realistic solutions on lifelong healthy living so you can live even better. Side note: My webinar helped one woman lose more than an inch around her waist and go off her blood pressure medication! And my book motivated one woman to begin the process to lose 100 pounds. Yes, 100 pounds! 

I’m passionate about food

My passion is sharing the deliciousness of food with benefits! If you want delicious food to nourish your body and mind, you’re in the right spot.

Visit the Products page to find tips and tools to help you live with intention, including my free High Five Fiber Challenge. Visit the Connect page to read what other say.

Here’s what a webinar participant said: “Judy’s webinar series led me down better road. I’ve lost a little more than an inch from my waistline, and lost 12 pounds. Best of all, my blood pressure is lower, and at a Dr. visit last week, was able to stop my blood pressure medication. Again, many thanks for your wonderful course!”

My advice is science based, but not intended to replace that of your medical provider.

My website contains affiliate links. That means if you click through on a link I may earn income from the seller, not the buyer, you. My intent is to be a resource for you. I only refer to products that I support and use and the income helps keep the recipes coming and the website running. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

All of the food photos are my own, unless otherwise stated. If you’d like to use one, please seek my permission first. The content of the website and blog are copyrighted.

I’m a gal who loves to eat

I’m a longtime food enthusiast. I realized later that my interest was unique: most 10-year-olds don’t pore over the Betty Crocker Cookbook for a slumber party menu. I served ice cream-stuffed cantaloupe. I also won a blue ribbon at the Fair for my brownies. I no longer have the recipe, but I have the ribbon!

Blue Ribbon

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I believe having good food in your life makes your life better. I know most people will never see a dietitian, but many are hungry for nutrition advice. You’ve got an expert at your fingertips! I love to help people how to power pack their fork.

I’ve visited more than 29 countries and 46 states and am always on the lookout for my next best bite (check out my Travel Page to see my faves). I led tours to Italy where I taught the art of ordering and eating gelato. Hazelnut, please. I am an adventurous beginning knitter, an explorer in the kitchen, a voracious reader, and an over-active planner.

Read my blog to see what I’m doing, cooking, or eating—where—to LiveBest.

In case you’re still reading

My home: is in Wyoming. I’m a native Californian.

I’ve been in nutrition: More than 25 years. My first career was as a dental hygienist. I still haven’t been able to answer the question: Is it easier to get people to floss or improve their eating? But I do know that people need easy food solutions.

My favorite cuisine is: Italian, no, I mean French, non, make that Asian. I enjoy all types of food but I know this for sure: ice cream is my favorite dessert.

wheels upI am: A nomad. I love to travel and have been to more than 29 countries. I have just a few more states left that I’ve yet to visit. I am planning a trip around the world. I joke that I was born with a suitcase in my hand.

If I weren’t in nutrition: I’d be in the chorus line.

I start each day with: A cappuccino.


Did I mention I like to eat?

Besides great food, a cozy vibe that isn’t too loud. I’ve had lots of great meals, but this is my best-of list.

  1. I don’t remember what I ate, but this 6-table restaurant hit all the right notes, Il Cavatappi (The Corkscrew) Varenna, Italy.
  2. Halibut with fennel, leeks, basil and warm coriander vinaigrette, Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California.
  3. Baked cherries with taleggio cheese and grilled bread, Tasty and Sons, Portland, Oregon.
  4. Grilled cheese (your mother never made this sandwich, well, mine didn’t!) with Great Hill Blue Cheese, Vella Dry Jack and Humboldt Fog, Vertical, Teton Village, Jackson, Wyoming.
  5. BBQ Duck taco-filled blue cornmeal pancakes, Mesa Grill, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unique eating experience: A dinner guest at a Hutterite Colony in Montana.

An interview with Judy on her favorite topic

What is your favorite food? As an eat-most-everything-aterian, it’s so hard to choose one. But…a juicy peach that runs down my chin.

What is your favorite way to prepare/eat vegetables?  Roasted with olive oil, sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.

What spice do you reach for most? Ginger. It’s sweet and savory with a spicy kick.

You saved room for dessert. What will you have? Ice cream. I like to make it. Lavender. Salted Burnt Sugar. Lemon Poppy Seed.

What is your favorite kitchen utensil? Knives—a chef’s knife or serrated paring knife. But my husband knows if he finds the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is missing, I’ve left home.

What is your favorite cocktail? It depends on the season. In winter, an Old Fashioned or Side Car. In summer, an Aperol Spritz or Moscow Mule.

Who inspired you? Julia Child. A postcard from her hangs in my kitchen.

What is your preferred form of exercise? As an adult-onset athlete, physical activity is my mood booster and when I hatch creative ideas. I’m fairly active which is good, because I like to eat! I start each day with an exercise video in my living room. I’ve done yoga before yoga became a thing. I like to run, play tennis and ride my bike. 


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