About Sandy Der – Certified Nutrition Consultant and Chef


Oakland Nutritionist Sandy Der

Sandy’s interest in food and cooking began at an early age. Growing up Chinese meant you were never asked how you were, but…
“Have you eaten yet?”

Living in the Chinese tradition – the principle that food heals was infused within her. Through the wisdom from her grandmother and mother’s kitchen, she learned what foods to eat and what foods to avoid when certain conditions arose. Meals always featured the freshest seasonal ingredients either grown in her grandmother’s garden or hand picked at local markets.

The importance of food remained a priority through her life as she…

  • earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food Science at the University of California at Davis…
  • to her work at international food corporation Nestle…
  • to her twenty years as a professional chef at restaurants such as City in Los Angeles and Hawthorne Lane in San Francisco…
  • to starting her own successful business – Tao de Kitchen Personal Chef Services where she cooks for clients with special dietary needs due to health issues…
  • to her completion of the two year – 700 hour holistic Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College…
  • to co–founding Planet Veggie Garden to educate and address the issue of food security through vegetable gardening…
  • to her work now as a Certified Nutrition Consultant working in private practice with individuals and presenting nutrition classes to organizations such as the City of Oakland, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Expanding Qi Health Center, Alameda Point Collaborative and Urban University.

In her nutrition practice, she teaches that we need to eat whole, nutritionally dense foods in a balanced diet to thrive. The kind of diet that was the norm for your great–great–great grandmother years ago. Your heritage, your traditions. No magic potions. No miracle Hollywood diet.

The premise is basic. It’s simple… but not always easy in the world of fast food and heavily processed meals. Sandy’s goal is to help you achieve the healthiest diet you can based on your needs within a lifestyle you can live with.

Let Sandy help you find your way back to the basics of real food and good nutrition where you’ll find a new you.


Email: Sandy {AT} BetterWayToWellness.com
510.816.6931
Oakland, CA


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Please take careful note: any nutritional program suggested is not intended as a treatment for any disease. The intent of any nutritional recommendation is to support the physiological and biochemical processes of the human body, and not to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent any disease or condition. Always work with a qualified medical professional before making changes to your diet, prescription medication, lifestyle or exercise activities.


 

Featured In…

Marvelous Mushrooms
in Edible East Bay,
Summer 2009



Member of…



National Association of Nutrition Professionals



International Foundation for Nutrition and Health