ABOUT The Nourish Exchange

The Nourish Exchange is a space to share the things that make us feel good — from vegetables that taste awesome, to making everyday life more magical.

It’s about cutting through all the wellness noise and finding your own personalized strategy for living a full and happy life in a way that’s realistic and fun. I want to talk about all the little things that make a big difference.

This is a space where I share my favorite recipes, rituals, and self-care strategies that make me feel nourished and powerful. It’s about finding a holistic approach to health that focuses on body, mind, and spirit by tapping into your intuition, learning from ancient wisdom, and approaching food with joy.

If this sounds like your kinda thing, check out my twice-monthly Witchy Wellness Letter for recipes, reads, and rituals.

It’s woo-woo and it’s grounded — with a combination of whole food-based meals, tarot, meditation, mental health, movement, and more, I want to celebrate the power that we all have to make our lives more amazing.

ABOUT LEAH VANDERVELDT

I’m Leah, a writer, editor, and cookbook author living in Brooklyn, NY.

MY CAREER: I started out in print publishing at magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, then later at Australian Home Beautiful as a junior editor. (Yep, I moved from NYC to Australia for 4 years, then back again.) I branched out into digital media as the food editor for mindbodygreen.com, where I wrote and developed their nutrition and food content. Along the way, I was certified in Culinary Nutrition by the Natural Gourmet Institute, and have written two cookbooks (published by Ryland, Peters & Small) so far. I’m currently a freelance writer, photographer, and recipe developer.

MY MISSION

As a nutrition and wellness expert, I’ve found sources of strength and self-compassion in cooking and exercise. But once I had those on lock and felt good physically, I realized there was so much more to wellness than food and hopping on the treadmill.

That’s where self-care met magic for me — herbal infusions for calming and mood boosting, tarot cards to tune into my intuition, moon rituals for setting aligned intentions, breath work for releasing stuck energy. It’s a combination of these practices rounded out by grounding, plant-centric meals and moving in ways that I actually enjoy that make up my holistic wellness practice.

Engaging in this Witchy Wellness, as I call it, has been the game changer for my health and happiness. Claiming my own magic has been a big mindset shift into seeing what I’m really capable of. I now view myself as a hero, not a victim. An intuitive person, not a painfully shy introvert. A source of infinite creativity, not a woman blindly searching for her ‘thing’. Someone worth accepting and loving, not perfecting. Which is all pretty freaking nourishing.

I BELIEVE IN:

:: Wellness as an act of resistance ::

:: Magic ::

:: Vegetables ::

:: Trusting your intuition ::

:: Getting rid of food guilt ::

:: Self-worth ::

:: Self-compassion ::

:: The power of the feminine ::

:: Tarot ::

:: Adventures ::

:: Complete enjoyment of all the things I consume ::

:: Feeling good ::

Find me on Instagram or subscribe to my Witchy Wellness Letter below.