Hi creative friends,
I'm Suzanne Boothby, a health and wellness writer, writing coach, and cook based in Asheville, N.C.
My quick bio: I'm an author, journalist, writing coach, and wellness instigator, who has covered everything from spiritual workouts to kale cocktails. I'm the health and wellness writer for Omega Institute.
For those who want to read the longer version: As a curious and sensitive child, I started writing to understand the world around me and published my first book through a local library at the age of nine. Bandit's Adventures followed my cat around the world, and displayed my early interest in travel. I grew up in Florida, but left for the windy, cold winters of Chicago to pursue a career in journalism. My freshman class was the first one with more women than men, and it was clear that times were changing. Quiet computer labs replaced rowdy rooms filled with loud typewriter levers and dinging space bars.
In college, I also started exploring alternative modes of healing, taking my first yoga class and falling in love with sun salutations and chanting. After graduation, I pursued my investigative journalism training with a writing fellowship at Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco. As my writing career progressed, I became interested in food politics seeing the rise of factory farming, GMOs, toxins, and their connection to our health. With a desire to get my hands dirty and flee to a simpler, organic-friendly world, I moved to New Zealand and spent a year WWOOFing, writing about organic issues, taking yoga classes, and enjoying shiatsu massages at farmers' markets.
Once I returned to the States, I craved that deep connection to the land and pure, locally grown foods. I became a Master Gardener and started growing my own vegetables in a small cottage home near the beach in Southern California. I found my way to New York City in 2006 to study at Integrative Nutrition, learning everything I could about health and healing through traditional foods and more than 100 different dietary theories. After eight exciting years in NYC, I spent a weekend in Asheville, N.C. and decided to spend the summer there studying herbs, hiking, practicing Acro yoga, and foraging for wild foods. I soon left the big city for life in one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world.
I now work as a freelance wellness writer and writing coach amongst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
I'm the author of two e-books:
- The After Cancer Diet: How To Live Healthier Than Ever Before
- Coming Clean: A Conscious Guide to Food Cleanses
I teamed up with my dad, a cancer physician for more than 25 years, to write The After Cancer Diet. Our mission is to empower cancer survivors with easy tips to improve their health after active cancer treatment.
MY WRITING LIFE
I've been researching, writing, and editing about health, food politics, and eco-conscious issues for more than 15 years. I'm the wellness writer for Omega Institute and write the weekly column "Motivate" for CleanPlates.com. My writing has been published in Mother Jones Magazine, NBCNews.com, Yahoo!HealthNews, The Huffington Post, Edible Brooklyn, CleanPlates.com, FitBump.com, BodyLocal.com, Healthline.com, EmpowHer.com, Inhabitat.com, Seattle Conscious Choice, Organic New Zealand, and more.
I co-wrote and edited Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness and worked in the marketing and publishing departments for Integrative Nutrition, the largest holistic nutrition school in the country. I worked as a cookbook editor at Random House in the digital books division. I worked with Joe Cross on his New York Times best-selling book The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet. I edited and contributed to the Go Green East Harlem Cookbook (Jones Books) and Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach (Ten Speed Press). As a California-certified Master Gardener, I wrote a monthly vegetable column and volunteered in the teen garden at Phoenix House in Southern California.
I am an ENFJ Myers Briggs Personality Type and my love language is quality time.
MY EDUCATION & TRAINING
B.S. in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, 2000
California Master Gardener Certification, 2006
Integrative Nutrition, 2007
Integrative Nutrition Immersion Honors Program, 2008
Landmark Education, Wisdom Course, January 2011
Herbalism and Wild Edible Immersion at Ashevillage Institute, June 2014