CANDIA'S BIO

"I'm Happy to Say...the Fruits of My Labor Have Nourished Me and Many Others!"    

I AM: A Self-Learner • A Self-Healer • A Nature Intuitive •
A Nutritional  Alchemist • A Whole Foods Cookbook Author • A Holistic Health Writer • An Eco-Visionary • A Wellness Intuitive • An Eco-Lifestyle Curriculum Creator • An Eco-Mentor for Parents & Youth. 

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WHOLE FOODS COOK, CATERER, & NUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT

  • Founder of "Gourmet Gatherings", a whole foods catering service providing event design, menu planning, and gourmet food preparation for health professionals and the general public (1980-89).

  • Founder of "Meals That Heal", a satellite catering/nutritional consulting service for individuals and families with specific dietary needs. (1980-89).

  • Head Cook at Whole Child Day Care, Minneapolis, MN. (1985)  

  • Juice Bar Manager and Head Cook at The Health Shoppe Juice Bar (1986)   

  • Menu Theme Planner and Food Preparer at Le Grande Gourmand (1980-81)

  • Server @ Minneapolis based catering companies.

  • Founder of Sprout Gardens, a supplier of fresh sprout medleys to restaurants in the twin cities. (1976, 77)   

WHOLE FOODS COOKBOOK AUTHOR

3 Cookbooks published by (former) Woodbridge Press

 

CREATOR OF NUTRITION EDUCATION BOOKS  

  • Farming & Eating the Eco-Intelligent Way (A 21st Century (Eco-Conscious) Nutrition Curriculum for Educators & Students)

  • Tasting Life the Vegetarian Way! (A Resource Guide and Activity Planner for Homes and Schools)

  • Nourish Your Mental & Emotional Well-Being the Eco-Intelligent Way!

  • Healing OCD The Eco-Intelligent Way: A Mother & Son's Learning Journey 

CREATOR OF NUTRITION ED. GAMES & INFOGRAPHICS COLLECTION 

 

  • Farm Alarm Crossword Puzzle (A Written Activity that teaches about the dangers of GMO's) 

  • Eco-Bites Food Treasure Hunt Game (An activity that tests a learner's knowledge about Sustainable & Non-Sustainable Food Choices)

  • Tabletop TUTORS Info-graphics (250+ topics related to healthy farming, eating, and green living) 

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS (FUNCTIONAL FOODS COMPANY)

 

  • Nu-Rituals (a MN. based company producing Omega 3 rich functional foods.)  

  • Designer of company's brochure and marketing message  

  • Co-developer of life balance assessments   

  • Newsletter Creator (writer and editor)

  • Expo Speaker (Campany Rep) 

  • Co-creator of functional food snack bar (Named its product: “Omegavore Bars”)

  • Creator of company cookbook: "Preparing Meals with Omegasentials." (2001)

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PUBLICITY ABOUT CANDIA'S WORK WITH FOOD  

Local

  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Tastemakers Sec. (Featured Chef, summer 1989)

  • Minneapolis Star Tribune/ Taste (Winter, 1992 and 1997)

  • Grace Kirschenbaum's World of Cookbooks (1992, 93)

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press (Kitchen Window, 1990)

  • White Bear Lake Magazine (Author Feature; 2019)  

  • White Bear Press (1995, 1996, 2019)

National

  • Spring Lake Press (Living Off The Land with Tom Squire)

  • Florida Sun Times

  • Cox News Services

  • Roanoke Times & World News (Spring 1994)

  • Woman's World (1996)

  • The Boston Globe (1997)

  • Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust (1997 Conference On Vegetarian Diets)

  • Sivana East website (2018)  

International

  • The Planet (Spring 1991)

  • International Cookbook Revue (Spring, 1996)

  • Candia's recipes have invited praise from doctors (Harvard School of Public Health) to newspaper food columnists, nutritionists, business owners, cancer treatment centers, health spas and schools.

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CANDIA'S APPEARANCES, DEMOS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Bookstore Appearances 

  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Roseville, MN.)

  • Present Moment Books (Minneapolis, MN.)

  • Coop book store signings (West Coast) 

Food Market Recipe Demos & Book Signings  

  • Whole Foods Market (St. Paul, MN.)

  • Kowalski's Foods (White Bear Lake)

  • Valley Coop (Burnsville, MN.)

  • Wedge Coop (Minneapolis, MN.)

  • Linden Hills Coop (Minneapolis, MN.)

  • River Market (Stillwater, MN.)

  • Body, Mind & Spirit Nutrition Center (Minnetonka, MN.)

  • Nordic Track Healthy Express (Mall of America), MN.)

Speaking Events at Health Centers, Expos, Schools & Edutainment Events   

  • Health Recovery Addiction Treatment Center (1988, Mpls. MN.)

  • Cell Tech Inc. (August Teen Celebration (1996, Klamath Falls, Oregon)

  • Paul Barry Health Seminars (St. Paul, MN.)

  • Women's Expo (Twin Cities, MN.)

  • Healthy Kids Expo (Twin Cities, MN.)

  • Edina East High School & Edina West High School

  • Bloomington High School

  • Cooper High School

  • Mahtomedi Middle School

  • Mahtomedi Elementary School

  • Waldorf School (Holiday Fair)

Radio, T.V. and Online Summits  

  • News You Can Eat (WHJY Radio, Providence, Rhode Island)

  • The Healthy Nature Show, (KHNC Radio, Johnstown, CO., Freedom Network)

  • New Age Perspectives (1991-92, Paragon Cable T.V. Mpls. MN.)

  • Northwest Community Television (Brooklyn Park, MN.

  • Global Transformational Educators Summit http://diamondkaleidoscope.com/globalsummitreplays.html

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FREELANCE FOOD AND HEALTH WRITER

Food for Health Publications   
  • Delicious! Magazine (Spring, 1992)

  • Vegetarian Gourmet Magazine (Winter 1992, 93/ Summer 1995)

  • Vegetarian Journal Magazine (Winter 1994)

  • Grand Times Magazine (1994)

  • Vegetarian Times Magazine (1995)

  • Veggie Life Magazine (Summer 1995)

  • Coop Consumer News (Autumn, 1994)

  • Whole Foods Market News

  • Pathways: A Waldorf School Newsletter (Spring 1992

  • For The Love of Food Newsletter (Spring/Summer, 1995)

  • Christian Beginnings (Food Newsletter (1995)

  • The Diamond Net: Supra Pathways To Health (1996)

  • Network of Hope Newsletter (Spring 1997)

  • Northland Berry Newsletter (Spring, Summer, & Autumn, 2002)

  • Book Publications (Collaborations) 

  • Llewellyn's Organic Gardening Almanac Book (Featured author/contributor,1996)

  • Creative Ways to Bring Algae to Your Community (Featured author/contributor,1997)

  • Wellness Directory of Minnesota (Featured author/contributor, 2nd Edition)

   
  Holistic Wellness News Magazine Publications 
  • Consumer’s Medical Journal (Issue #69)

  • At Last: A Newsletter for People with Chemical Sensitivities

  • Dr. Whitaker’s Health & Healing Newsletter (Summer 1993)

  • The EDGE News Magaziine (Numerous Publications during the 90's and 2022)  
  • Twin Cities WELLNESS (Numerous publications)
  • Present Moment Newsletter (1993)

  • Enlightenment (Stillwater, MN.,1995)

   
Healthy, Eco-Conscious Parenting News Publications   
  
  • Leia Stinnet’s Rainbow Bridge To Light Newsletter

  • Southwest Family Room Newsletter

  • Minnesota Parent (Autumn, 1992)

  • The Mahtomedi Globe (Spring, 1996)

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AUTHOR OF ECO MENTOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

       (This Training will be available on ELL's sister website: www.eco-mentor.com)

             Training Curriculum (Includes 8 Companion Books)   

  • Memoir: Born to Live Green -Awakening My Heart’s Wisdom to the Path of Eco-Intelligent Living.

  • Mentor Guide Book: Bring Back the Earth!-Nourishing the Eco-Intelligence that Invites Whole Living.

  • 6 Companion Work/Play/ Books:

  • Discovery & Empowerment on the Path to Eco-Conscious Living

  • Discovery & Empowerment on the Path to Eco--Logical Living .

  • Discovery & Empowerment on the Path to Eco-Sustainable Living

  • Discovery & Empowerment on the Path to Eco-Balanced Living

  • Discovery & Empowerment on the Path to Eco-Nutritional Living

  • Discovery & Empowerment on the Path to Eco-Spiritual Living

  Ed. Book Collaborations (To Introduce Curriculum)             

  • Bringing Heart and Soul to Education (with William G. Spady)

  • Transform Agents (Author Collection)  

 

AUTHOR OF PARENTING SUPPORT BOOKS  

  • Parenting Our 'Special Needs' Youth the Eco-Intelligent Way!

  • Eco-Intelligent Remedies for Autism Spectrum that Think Outside the Box  

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         HONORS, AWARDS, & NOMINATIONS 

  • 1989 - Minnesota's Great Growing Organic Food Cook-Off- (1st place winner and recipient of $1,000 prize for her recipe "Mexican Garden Fiesta Millet."

  • 1998 - Minnesota Parent Magazine Essay Contest (Winner and recipient of $150 prize for her essay: "Devoted to Children.")

  • 2006 - The Fred Factor Award (Dedication to helping people foster Holistic Health; Las Vegas, Nevada). 

  • 2007 - Nominated for Volvo for Life Awards/Service to Environment Category.

  • 2007 - Nominated for Cooperate for Community Awards (National Coop Grower’s Association.)

  • 2012 - Best Brilliant Idea for Humanity (Honored by The Messenger Network for her mini-book: Becoming an Eco--Mentor- Leading Others to an Eco-Conscious Lifestyle.)   

  • 2013 - The Social Network for Sustainability (Honored "Global Woman of the Week.") 

  • 2019- Who's Who In America- (Interviewed for inclusion in the 73rd Edition; hailed by the New York Times as "The Venerable Guide to American Achievement" and chosen for "The National Millennium Time Capsule" by the White House.

  • 2020- Autism Hope Alliance Award- (Recipient of $500 gift, for helping families to create healthy, non-toxic lifestyles.) 

   

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