I am Leslie Burns and I am One Healthy Mother. I was raised in the mid-West and spent 18 years in New York City where I received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, and attended The New Actors Workshop. After working as a photographer, an actor, and an associate at a prestigious financial firm, I moved West to further my acting career. Or so I thought. Instead, I fell in love, got married, and had a child. With the arrival of Henry, my main goal in life shifted. I wanted to feed my family healthy food.
As someone who’d never used my kitchen in NYC except to burn toast, my friends were amazed when I started turning out kale salad, braised pork shoulder and grilled cod. Inspired by the California sunshine, fresh produce, and the fact that not all kitchens were the size of a closet, I took to cooking like a duck to water. I started the blog One Hungry Mutha to show other cooking-phobes how easy it could be, and in the process, I found my true calling: helping others to become their healthiest self.
Since I was already fielding nutrition questions from friends, family and the occasional Mom at Whole Foods, I decided to make it official by becoming a Certified Health & Nutrition Coach. I earned my certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied hundreds of dietary theories, practical stress management techniques and innovative coaching methods, with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, including: Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willet, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University, and best selling author Geneen Roth, an expert in the field of emotional eating.
Passionate about helping overworked women and men find the simple joy that comes from balancing nutrition and lifestyle through realistic, achievable goals, I created One Healthy Mother. I figure if I could learn to love cooking, then anything is possible. And it’s that attitude that changes lives. We all have it in us to live our healthiest life.