CANDIA LEA COLE'S BIO
"Fruits of Her Labor" 

Self-Learner • Self-Healer • Nature Intuitive • Nutritional  Alcehmist • Whole Foods Cookbook Author • Freelance Holistic Health Writer • Eco-Visionary • Wellness Intuitive • Eco-Lifestyle Curriculum Creator • Eco-Mentor for Parents & Youth • Feminine Empowerment Guide • Planetary Change-Agent 

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 (150+ topics related to healthy farming, eating, and green living) 

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS (FUNCTIONAL FOODS COMPANY)

 

  • Director for 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 writer and editor

  • Expo Speaker (Campany Rep) 

  • Co-creator of functional food snack bar and its name (“Omegavore Bars”).

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

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

  • CNN News (proposed)

  • 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.

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) (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

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 (Numerous Publications) 
  • 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)

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

             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  

         HONORS, AWARDS, & NOMINATIONS 

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

  • 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.) 

          IMPACTFUL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

         

         Using Technology to Support Learning (with Richard Jorgensen) 

         Human Design (with Karen Curry Parker) 

         Birthing the Universal Human (with Barbara Marx Hubbard) 

         Game Changer Intitiative (with Pachamama Alliance)          

         Becoming a Climate Reality Leader (with Al Gore) 

         Becoming a Medical Intuitive (with Laura Alden Kamm) 

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