My name is Nikki and I am a Natural Chef with an emphasis on paleo cooking, ancestral diets, and general health support through whole, real foods. I graduated from Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary arts academy. I began my health journey through a lifetime of allergies, intolerances, insecurities, and frustration. When I began to experiment with my food; the types, preparation, source, nutritional quality, etc, I began to fall in love with the creative and loving process of cooking. I hope to inspire healthy changes in others as I strive for this more balanced approach to food and life.

LA photo

I personally follow a whole foods, gut-healing diet which, in a nutshell, includes meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, and tubers (see the Cheat Sheet). It is a grain/dairy/legume free diet which many studies show helps decrease inflammation in the body and promotes vitality and excellence in physical fitness and overall health.

I spend most of my days playing with my baby, practicing yoga, walking my giant St. Bernard (#tinyforpresident) and watching New Girl with my husband. I also enjoy hiking, biking, bouldering, dancing, and volleyball. 

9 thoughts on “About

  1. kristin says:

    Wild and Free is up and running, and I am excited to follow your venture through chef school! YUM!!! Thank you for sharing your healthy insight on living a balanced life full of food, food and sun 🙂 Love love!

  2. Puff says:

    Hi Nikki, I’d like to take you up on your offer to consult on this transition. How do I contact you.

  3. You’re my kind of gal! Looking forward to checking out your blog!

  4. Hi Nikki! I changed updated your blog link and title! Hope I didn’t make a mess of it! 🙂

  5. wendy says:

    hey nikki!! this is wendy. i met you at WFM LN a while back re: skincare. your blog is looking great!! i couldn’t find your info…and wanted to touch base with you..and let you know that i’m now AUTOIMMUNE PALEO. not by choice (lol)…but AIP nonetheless. 😉 i’m looking forward to lurking on your blog…and hope to run in to you at WF’s again sometime soon!! 😉 take care..and feel free to email me anytime! go paleo!! ;))

    • nikkiledford says:

      Hi Wendy! Thanks so much 🙂 There’s a contact form under the The Chef tab if you ever need to email me.
      Wow! AIP is rough. I’ve been modified AIP for the past month. It’s just temporary, but it is a little limiting… Good luck! I’m sure I’ll see you at whole foods soon 🙂

  6. Fabio says:

    What did you think of Bauman College? I am also interested in becoming a paleo chef!

    • nikkiledford says:

      Hi Fabio! Please send me a message via my contact page and I and I can send you a more in depth opinion on Bauman. It’s tough to lay it all out in the comments section and I’d like to give you a comprehensive answer 🙂 Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


LAME DIET ADVICE // They say you're not supposed to eat carbs and fat together...🤔...🤣...🙄
#idowhatiwant #thisissounhealthy #paleosnackideas I'm not that big of a coffee snob, but I know good coffee when I taste it. ☕️❤️#traderjoesalumni #traderjoesnewproduct
#traderjoesfinds #traderjoesdoesitagain PRODUCT ALERT//
Stopped by @lazyacresmarket_encinitas and grabbed this tonic to keep my immune system solid while my little guy fights a cold. I'm not gonna lie, it doesn't taste that good, but has some crazy good ingredients and so far I'm keeping all the germs from taking me down 👊🏻 Not upset about my breakfast situation.
GF sourdough open faced breakfast sandwich and bone broth with all the immune boosting goodies. #goodonya #northcountysd #needonedowntown

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 791 other followers

%d bloggers like this: