cheryl-harris-headshotCheryl Harris, MPH RD was already a dietitian and nutritionist when she learned that food truly was her medicine. Even with a few nutrition degrees, a gluten-free diet was initially a big challenge. So 8 years ago, Cheryl found her calling teaching clients how to live and love a gluten-free diet and started her nutrition and coaching practice, Harris Whole Health.

Fortunately, it’s a perfect fit! Cheryl has been honored as the Virginia Dietetics Association “Emerging Leader of the Year” for 2012 and received a Leadership Award from Department of Health in DC in 2005. She is a board member for the Celiac Sprue Association and DC Metro Celiac Association.

Cheryl has a passion for educating others on a gluten-free diet. She loves to teach both community members and health professionals, too. She presents widely on Celiac Disease and a gluten-free diet for the FDA, at the Virginia Dietetics Association Annual Meeting, and at numerous groups of nutrition professionals, nurses and other health care professionals. Her articles appeared in Today’s Dietitian, Gluten Intolerance Group, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Newsletters and more, and she has served as a content editor for the Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance since 2007. She is a Board Member for the Celiac Sprue Association for the Mid-Atlantic region for 2012 and is the Nutrition Advisor for the DC Metro Celiac Sprue Support Group. Cheryl taught in nationally released videos on a gluten-free diet, which were supported by a grant through the Celiac Sprue Association. She is quoted by many media outlets, including the Washington Post, MSNBC.com, WebMD, the Food Network, and her comments are often featured in the Washingtonian.

When Cheryl is not writing or speaking on a gluten-free diet, she can be found in her kitchen creating gluten-free nourishing meals. For more than 5 years, she’s been blogging on deliciously healthy, whole-food, gluten-free options. Her blog, Gluten Free Goodness was selected as one of DC Area’s best by the Washingtonian.

Since she has a variety of food intolerances, her recipes are all gluten, dairy, egg, corn, soy, and sugar-free and usually grain-free too. Her blog reflects both her passion for combining good eats and self-care, so she incorporates a big dose of food as nourishment for mind, body and soul. Cheryl is also an avid gardener, and adores sharing delights straight from her backyard.

She is continually intrigued by the latest emerging science on celiac, gluten-free nutrition and autoimmunity. She is a self-professed research geek and fills a vital niche translating the research into “easily digested” bites via her blog and website.

Cheryl Harris has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. She has worked as a Registered Dietitian and nutritionist for the past 12 years and is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CLC) through the Center for Breastfeeding. Cheryl attended numerous trainings through the Center for Mind Body Medicine in DC and Tai Sophia, which focus on the health of a whole individual. She also is certified as a Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches.

See Cheryl’s articles here.