Debbie offers seminars and healthy cooking demonstrations at government agencies, corporations, associations and schools and works with individuals and groups to help them discover the tools needed for a lifetime of balance. She worked in the field of social work for over 30 years and realized that she could have the greatest impact on her clients' well being by helping them to better care for themselves and assisting them in creating a healthy lifestyle.
Debbie trained with Hale Sofia Schatz, international nutrition educator and author of If the Buddha Came to Dinner: How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken Your Spirit. Debbie is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NY and holds a certificate in culinary coaching from Harvard's School of Lifestyle Medicine. She is based in Olney, Maryland within an easy commute of Washington DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Annapolis and Frederick.
In addition to seminars, counseling and cooking classes, she also offers nutritional cleanses, farmers’ market and health food store tours, menu planning, pantry consultations and personal chef services. Debbie will help you navigate the sometimes confusing and challenging path to better health.
Master of Social Work (MSW):
Wurzweiler School of Social Work, NYC, NY - group work concentration
Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC):
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC, NY
Heart of Nourishment Cleanse Facilitator, Lexington, MA
Culinary Coach: Harvard's School of Lifestyle Medicine
Food as Medicine: The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Principles of Balance: Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, NY
Physicians Kitchen: Casey Integrative Health, Gaithersburg, MD
Redefining Health: Maryland University for Integrative Health, Laurel, MD
Holistic Approaches to Stress: Maryland University for Integrative Health, Laurel, MD
Dietary Supplements: Maryland University for Integrative Health, Laurel, MD
International Herb Symposium: Norton, MA
Introduction to Community Herbalism: One World Healing Arts Institute, Asheville, NC
Ayurveda: Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA
Debbie has been doing our Wellness healthy cooking class for the last three years. Her recipes are easy, delicious, low cost and most important healthy. We look forward to learning something new every year.
I have been extremely fortunate to experience a number of cooking classes with Debbie (so many I have lost count, at least 6, possibly more). If you have an opportunity to experience a cooking class with Debbie, don’t miss it. She offers helpful information about what spices and foods contribute to your health and wellbeing; what foods to buy organic and which you can skip; tips on how to cut, peel, and prepare ingredients; what more healthy ingredients to substitute for less healthy ones; and delicious food in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. You even leave with recipes that you can (and will want to) recreate at home. My family and I are very grateful for all that she has taught me. Thanks, Debbie!
I have had the pleasure and privilege to attend all of the classes that Debbie has taught for Loudoun County Public Schools. They are fun, informative and the food is fantastic. She always introduces each class to foods that are different and shows us how to prepare them. Debbie always has samples of the spices she uses. She has so much knowledge and always share it with a smile. I have prepared many of the recipes she introduced to us. They are easy and my family does not know they are nutritious because they taste so good. I look forward to more classes. Debbie, you are the best.
I first met Debbie Amster when a friend told me about this amazing women who teaches others about the benefits and power of whole foods. I signed up for a spring cleanse that included weekly sessions on nutrition. She had me share with her what I wanted out of the sessions & she far surpassed that. She has such a passion for sharing her knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle. From delicious recipes, to sharing many websites, to taking advantage of local farms & markets -she is a wealth of information and helpful advice. Her sessions also included dinner from recipes she shared with us and sometimes we took part in the actual cooking. She always kept things interesting as well as informative. She also let you know that you could call or email her anytime with questions. I attended a cooking demonstration at the local farmers market and one in her home. Again so interesting as well as informative & enjoyable.
Debbie has been one of our most popular demo chefs for several years now. When she presents her delicious dishes, everyone is sure to be entertained, educated and enlightened. She shows us how surprisingly easy and tasty healthy cooking can be!