Tomato Basil Soup

When I was growing up I enjoyed tomato soup.  It was in a can back then.  They still sell it in a can but I have now learned the benefits and pleasure of making healthy home made foods.  I have also learned that nightshade plants, such as tomatoes, are thought by some  to affect calcium stores negatively,  Maybe that is why they are traditionally put together with calcium-rich dairy.

Tomatoes are beneficial in reducing the risk for prostate cancer, they are also a good source of iron, folate, potassium, vitamins A and C. 

One persons medicine is another persons poison.  One benefit of working with a health coach is finding which foods are best for you personally.  If you experience a lot of unexplained headaches, have allergies or have kidney disease you might want to consider limiting your tomatoes and other  foods from the night shade family.  Other nightshade vegetables are potatoes, sweet peppers and eggplant.  They are beneficial to many people but may cause symptoms such as acid reflux, indigestion and heartburn and even arthritis in others.

Tomato Basil Soup (Makes 4 Servings)

2 Tbsp grapeseed oil                                                                 1 Tbsp butter                                  1 onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced                                                         a pinch of sea salt                          2 cups of vegetable or chicken stock

1/4 cup sour cream                                                                   freshly ground pepper                  1 (14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes

Heat oil and butter in a 4 quart pot over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, and salt and saute until onions are soft and translucent.  Add the stock, tomatoes, and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

Let soup cool slightly and put half of it into a blender with sour cream.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer to another pot.  Blend the other half of the soup and add.  Reheat blended soup.  Add basil and pepper to taste before serving.

Healthy Cooking Classes and Other Class Options

Click on this link to purchase my latest EBook loaded with delicious and healthier recipes the whole family will love.
I offer one hour to 90 minutes cooking classes.  You can either tell me what you would like to learn how to prepare or I have several different healthy recipes that we will make together in my home. I can also travel to you. (add $15 for travel) I supply all the ingredients. If you are not local we can do the cooking classes via Skype. We will make it together and I will tell you what to purchase or have available in advance.:  debbie.barbiero1

I will prepare a 4 Course Meal for you in your home or mine and I even clean the mess.

I will prepare a 4 Course Meal for you in your home or mine and I even clean the mess.

When you arrive I will have the recipe printed out for you and all of the ingredients out and ready.  Some of the recipes that I have taught my clients are:  personal pizzas, tacos, brown rice pudding, garlicky asparagus with pasta, turkey vegetable chili, ratatouille, soups, quiche, granola, smoothies, chicken with mushrooms in a wine sauce, mango chicken, cheesy macaroni primavera, pasta with sauce and meatballs, shrimp scampi and so much more. Gluten-free, Vegan and Paleo diets available.

In addition to your personalized cooking class with each session you will learn valuable nutrition information that will improve your health and the health of your family.
Meals Prepared for YOU or a half sheet pan for you and your family
Choose any of the meals listed above or ask me for something else. If you are a client for Nutritional Coaching you will see the discounted rate below with Pay Pay. I also take credit card payment with SQUARE reader by phone or when you pick up your meal. I also accept cash and check
Are you ready to begin you metamorphosis ~ body, mind and spirit?  Register for Healthy Cooking Classes. 
Please call  Debbie 203-929-9414 or email me at

From Birthday Party to Bachelorette Party or Girl Scouts

From Birthday Party to Bachelorette Party or Girl Scouts

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Couples Cooking Class
Date Night
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Group or Private Diabesity Program

Group or Private Diabesity ClassesGROUP OR PRIVATE DIABESITY PROGRAM


1) Do you have extra belly fat?
2) Are you overweight?
3) Do you or someone you know have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or obesity?
4) Do you have trouble losing weight and crave sugar, bread, pasta or rice?
5) Has your doctor told you your blood sugar to too high or low?
6) Do you have high levels of triglycerides or low HDL?
7) Do you suffer from infertility?

Gift Certificates are available which would make a wonderful  gift idea!

Don’t let the scale make or break your day. Weigh-in is totally optional. I have it available but you are not required to step on it.

I offer classes of 3 or more people in my home. I can come to your home or office too.

Also available Group Weigh-Less Program at your office or home

Sample Meal Ideas

Breakfast:  whole grain cereal, 8 oz skim milk or unsweetened almond milk berries and a 4 oz glass of homemade apple or berry juice

Lunch:  Mixed bean salad with chopped tomatoes, half an avocado, walnuts, cucumbers, peppers and olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing

Dinner:  Grilled chicken or fish served with lightly steamed asparagus or other green vegetable drizzled w/olive or grapeseed oil and fresh lemon juice 1/2 brown rice and a salad

If you have a gluten intolerance or any other special diet needs, I have some meal ideas for you too!


Wishing you all a year filled with many blessing and a happy, healthier 2012! I look forward to guiding you on your journey to a Metamorphosis~Body, Mind and Spirit.

Warm hugs,


Choose 1, 3, 6 or 12 Group Classes of 4 or more people. Your fee will depend on how many people are in the group. The fee is $150.00 for each 1 hour class. If you have 10 people, each person pays only $10.00 for each session.
12 group sessions would be $1,800.00 but if you register for 12 sessions in advance I will charge $1,600.00 (You save $200.00!!)

Diabesity Group

“This class is not just weight control, but it;s a healing of mind and spirit. It’s an education on how to live life healthily and happily. Thye social efforts of a group make life better and make the meetings fun and enriching. I have no more indigestion. Eating is enjoyable. Everything tastes better.” Mark and Patti Schickler

“The class has helped me with my diabetes. Different ideas of how to balance my blood sugars and be more fit.” Steve Sedlak

“Wonderful inspirational program on diabesity! I have learned so much in such a short period of time. Debbie has taught us so many different ways to change our eating habits and exercise is so important. What a wonderful group of people we had in this group working together to support each other in our goals. Thanks so much Debbie for all our new healthy habits.” Debbie Mica

“Debbie you happen to be one of the most knowledgeable person in nutrition
that I have the honer to meet and to know you…. I have nothing
but a complete admiration of how you conduct yourself,and the utmost
respect to whatever you might recommend to do in your field.”
Abdel Hady

Group Weigh-Less Program and Group Diabesity Classes

When: Group Classes-A group of 2 or more people (Inflammation, Thyroid Management, Weight Loss, Healthier Cooking)
Where: Metamorphosis Body Mind Spirit/Deb’s Healthy Plate 32 Woodfield Dr. Shelton, CT 06484 Contact me to reserve your seat

Do you feel the best you have ever felt in your life?

If the answer is “No!” Now, is the time to get off that sofa or out of that mental mind block and commit to improving your health and life once and for all while YOU CAN.

Are you overweight?
Has your doctor told you your blood sugar is a little high?
Do you crave sugar and refined carbohydrates?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Do you have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, or obesity?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will benefit from the class I am offering. You may choose one on one sessions with me privately or begin a Group Class. We will meet every 2 weeks at my home, 32 Woodfield Dr. Shelton, CT or yours with a schedule that works for both of us. The program will include 7 one hour sessions which you can continue if you choose to. I also do workshops at schools and libraries.

The cost of the Group Class is $30.00 per person for each one hour class (a total of $210.00 per person for the 7 session program)

The latest research show that insulin imbalance is the major cause of weight issues and diabetes, as well as heart disease, cancer, dementia, and most other diseases. You may have it and not know it. In fact, more than 100 million Americans suffer from diabesity, the spectrum of imbalance ranging from mild insulin resistance to prediabetes to full blown type 2 diabetes. By 2020 it will affect 1 in 2 Americans, 90 % of whom will not be diagnosed. Fortunately, diabesity is reversible.” Dr. Mark Hyman

I am offering a scientifically based program for rebalancing insulin and blood sugar levels that I learned from Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Hyman was co-medical director of Canyon Ranch for almost ten years and is now the chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center. He is the New York Times best selling author of Ultra Metabolism, the UltraMind Solution and several other best selling books. He was also one of my teachers at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The next ebook he is writing will include one of my recipes and my website. I am honored to have my recipe included in one of his books.

Your program will include:

ultimate nutrition
regulated hormones
reduced inflammation
improved digestion
maximum detoxification
better energy metabolism
stress reducing strategies
group support
meal ideas

Instead of going on a diet, how about learning how to eat healthier for a lifetime!  Diets Don’t Work!  They have a beginning and an end.  You say, “I’m going to lose weight to fit into this prom dress, or so I look great at someone’s wedding, or so I can wear a bathing suit for my vacation”. Then what? 

I have put on a few pounds over the holiday season myself.  We are going to get back on track together!  We will meet weekly in my home (32 Woodfield Dr. Shelton, CT  06484). Or you can get a group together(3 or mor people) and I will come to your home or office.

Group Weigh-Less Program for 2012

Choose 4 or 8 one hour Group Sessions

Gift Certificates are available upon request.

Your Program will Include:

  • One hour class each Session
  • Newsletters and email support
  • Access to a lending library of health and wellness books
  • A Cooking Class – (Optional)
  • A Class on Juicing (Optional)
  • One group exercise class fir each session (0ptional)
  • Group Weight Loss Support every week
  • Stress Management Class
  • Understanding and Reducing Cravings
  • Goal Setting
  • Nutrition Education
  • Healthy Meal Ideas
  • Balance in Your Life and your family.

  • Group Sessions

    Contact me to find a date and time that works for you and me. 203-929-9414


Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual practice are essential forms of nourishment. When these “Primary Foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.

Are you ready to begin YOUR ‘METAMORPHOSIS ~ Body, Mind and Spirit’?

I have lost more than 60 pounds and kept it off for almost 20 years. I am managing my Hashimoto’s disease (auto-immune disease) and I feel better than I did when I was in my 30s. I am in my 50s and I feel vibrant!

I will accompany you on your journey to transformation. Through my highly energetic and motivational style, I support my clients and their families on their journey to health, confidence and happiness. I work with stressed out people that are overwhelmed by destructive habits of insecurity-habits that generate anxiety, stress and mindless eating. I work with families that are struggling with weight and many with auto-immune diseases. I will help you with eye opening strategies that are effective and healthy alternatives. Time to clean out your kitchen? Improve you and your family’s health?

Your journey to health, confidence and happiness can start NOW with looking at your lifestyle, learning to read nutrition labels, cooking healthy meals, choosing healthier take-out meals, reducing sugar cravings-even with your busy schedule!



Gift Certificates are available which would make a wonderful gift idea!

Don’t let the scale make or break your day. Weigh in is totally optional. I have it available but you are not required to step on it.

  or call 203-929-9414 to register.

Sample Meal Ideas

Breakfast:   whole grain cereal, 8 oz skim milk or unsweetened almond milk berries and a 4 oz glass of homemade apple or berry juice

Lunch:  Mixed bean salad with chopped tomatoes, half an avocado, walnuts, cucumbers, peppers and olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing

Dinner:  Grilled chicken or fish such as wild caught salmon served with lightly steamed asparagus or other green vegetable drizzled w/olive or grapeseed oil and fresh lemon juice and a salad

If you have a gluten intolerance or other special dietary needs, I have some meal ideas for you too!

We have turned the pages to a new year.  A new year means a fresh start, a new beginning.  Every day is an opportunity to start over.  I am here to help you.  When we are not together for a session you can email me for support.  I am here for you.

Warm hugs,



I battle Lyme Disease and thyroid issues. I was looking for someone that could help me improve my health and boost my immune system. I found Debbie by seeing her advertisement on her car and checked out her website and sent her an email.

I signed up for the Premium Program. She makes me a delicious meal tailored to my food preferences and an hour of information on healthy eating. I have learned alot from Debbie and have a folder full of healthy recipes to make to get my immune system strong and to lose a few pounds.

I would recommend Debbie to anyone. For people just wanting to lose a few pounds or a lot of weight or to just wanting to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. She has alot of information to give.


“Dear Debbie, It was such a pleasure and so helpful to work with you as my nutrition/health coach this summer. I’ve always had questions about how the food I eat affects me, how my metabolism has changed in the last 5-10 years, and what were the best steps to get me started on a new path to lose weight permanently and feel better physically. I’ve had joint pain for years. When I heard that you could handle such conditions as Lupus and Hashimoto’s Disease for you and your daughter, I knew you were the one to come to. You’ve answered all my questions and more.

I now have a really usable list of foods that are good for me as well as a list of foods to avoid (and boy do I notice when/if I eat some of the wrong foods!) I’m really more in tune to eating healthy and it’s more than just “I should”, it’s become a new mindset for me for life.

Thanks for helping me make this huge transition. I’m down 15 pounds already and my joints feel better, my energy is up, and I’m really committed to staying with this for the long haul.

I have and will continue to recommend you to others. It was fun to take this journey with my sister. Now we have all new things to talk about!”
Thanks again,
Monica Leggett”

Deb is amazing. Every meal that she made for me was delicious. Each dish was different and contained new kinds of foods that I have never had before. These dishes opened my eyes to healthy eating and to making educated decisions about what I put in my body. Deb is truly a professional with a passion for helping others improve their health and overall outlook on nutrition. I would recomend anyone who has been struggling with eating healthy and who wants to educate themselves on the value of improving their nutritional habits to set up an appoinment with Deb. My diet and overall health has improved greatly and I have been put on the path to living a healthier lifestyle. Thank you Deb.

Adam Schlein
Fairfield, CT

“I want to thank you for all your help in being my life coach it was a great experience.
Well, for starters I calculate that I lost about 28 lbs and I am in the process of revamping my wardrobe, now most of my pants are simply too big for me. Actually to think of it , that’s not a bad feeling.

Well, I have seen all the changes and intelligent choices I have made and I see and feel the results.
I pretty much eliminated a lot of my bad food choices and had focused on eating what is healthy.
I guess the 28 pound loss is testimony to that . In addition I feel and have so much more energy and and-overall positive attitude.
I also found under your guidance I have began eating smaller more nutritional meals and have begun to also eat a variety of different foods that previously I would never have tried.

Well again Debbie I want to thank you for all your help and I look forward to losing more weight and enjoying a more energetic and healthy life style.”
Glenn, New Britain, CT
“PS. I also found out that by eating more nutritious food I am not as hungry as often. And that is a good thing!”

“I came to Debbie at an upside-down time in my life. I was emotionally drained and struggling with an increasing waistline which dragged me down even more. I felt I needed something more than a “diet”. Debbie has inspired me and uplifted me after each session. The nutritious homemade food she makes is delightful and our session is like having a cup of tea with an old friend. Debbie has helped me achieve balance in my life and recently inspired me to give Yoga a try. Through her inspiration and joy of life I have now been able to get back on track with my weight-loss by using all the healthy lifestyle suggestions she has shared and taught me. One of the nutritious foods she has introduced me to is quinoa, which is delicious, and now appears weekly on “my healthy plate”.  I plan on continuing into the next phase of her integrative nutrition program and look forward to a healthy future. Thank you Debbie”.

Linda Mantlik-Stratford, CT

“I met Debbie at Weight Watchers. She was my instructor and the most uplifting, upbeat and very motivating speakers I have ever met. She drew many people in week after week. I did lose weight on this program but because of my hypo-thyroid, I struggled with keeping it off as well as staying energized.

When Debbie began her Health and Life Coaching business, I decided to meet with her for a consultation and joined her 6 Month Program. I discovered she could really steer me in the right direction. Debbie got me on track with whole foods and supplements that support a healthy thyroid. Additionally, by explaining some irregular symptoms regarding my stomach, she realized that certain foods and products that contain gluten could be causing the issues. She has helped me feel great and has taught me how to think about the foods and products I use every day. Her positive attitude, willingness to focus on the individual and persistence to pin point the proper food for your mind and body is very inspiring! Thank you Deb.”

Sally Carter-Stratford, CT

“I have been a client of Debbie’s for the past five months. I am so grateful to have her as my Health Coach. Her ability to listen and be quiet is one of the greatest things about her, it makes me feel comfort and appreciated for all I have to say even when it sometimes feels like nonsense. Through that she gives me the best support and encouragement anyone could ask for. I feel better every time I talk to her. 🙂 ~ Ryan Balog, Florida

“Debbie has a wonderful skill of hearing the “best” in me. She has guided me gently yet with conviction, reminding me of my strengths, my duty to myself, and of my need to stay true to my path towards becoming not only a health coach, but my highest dream of myself. She keeps me on track, and pulls out the vital information for us/me to focus on from session to session. Thank you, Debbie!”

Amy Bright, NH

“Debbie has been an increasingly powerful health coach to me. Over the course of 5 months, our sessions have progressed to a more meaningful and helpful level. I always come away from each session with new helpful ideas and thoughts, and look forward to the subsequent session! I highly recommend her!”

Debbie Katz, VA

“I love working with Deb as my health coach because she pushes me to set goals for myself and hold myself accountable for reaching them. She is very helpful during our sessions and knows just when to say something or when to let me talk my way through it. She has definitely made my experience with health coaching a positive one and it helps me want to help others as well.’

Jessica Rodriguez, GA

Debbie has been such an inspirational health coach. She has pushed me outside of my comfort zone when I needed a push, she has listened to me when I needed an ear, she makes me believe when I have doubt and she makes me believe I can do whatever I put my mind to! Thank you Debbie! ~ Sandy Pallotta

“Deb’s has been a great support and inspirational to me during my journey as a student. She is always very knowledgeable, positive, energetic. She has great ideas and very helpful. I am so happy that I have Debbie to guide me through this exciting year! Thanks again. Rajika”

“I enjoyed Debbie as a Weight Watchers Leader, which is how I got to know her. But that is just the tip of the iceberg! She is a warm personable, knowledgeable Health Coach who has the ability to motivate you, cheer you on and be a wonderful example of healthy living to follow.

She gently leads you in a more healthful direction. sitting and chatting with Debbie is like a big hug for your soul! She keeps things very upbeat and encourages you as you move along on your journey.

She gets to know you well and remembers from session to session things that are important to you. She is a wonderful listener and you know she is authentic in that she herself has been there. Much of what we discuss; losing weight, getting through tough times, are things that she has worked through herself and with success. She can help you get there too!.”

Deborah, Trumbull, CT

Laura Ramirez, Miss Puerto Rico 2011

Debbie, Thanks, for all your support!  God Bless You! Sincerely, Laura, Miss Puerto Rico 2011

“It was a pleasure having such a nice Health Coach like Debbie Barbiero. Thanks for helping me learn so many things about the food we eat. I admire your knowledge and I’m blessed I got to know you. With love” , Aylin Mari Torres Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen 2011

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Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 C canned pumpkin puree or peel, cube and boil the pumpkin and puree
    it. *1 C organic milk (soy, almond, coconut) **Another option use low fat yogurt
    instead of the milk)
  • 1 C crushed ice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp allspice or a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Agave nectar, maple syrup or honey Directions: Blend ingredients
    together. Enjoy! 2-3 Servings

Lemon Basil Dressing/Marinade

  • 2-3 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 1 Cup of fresh basil, rinsed, stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 to 2 Fresh Squeezed Lemons (*If you don’t care for lemon, use fresh lime or orange)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately or chill in a covered container
  2. This is wonderful on a salad, drizzled on vegetables or used as a marinade for chicken, fish, or pork.

I marinated it on Wild Salmon and it was amazing!

Contact Us

Debbie Barbiero

METAMORPHOSIS~Body, Mind and Spirit

Certified Health and Life Coach

American Association of Drugless Practitioners


Skype: debbie.barbiero1




Corporate Wellness: Stress Management and more

Who doesn’t have some kind of stress in their life?

Most of us wish we could manage to have more hours in a day.  We have so much more responsibilities than we did 50+ years ago.  In most households both adults must work to manage paying rent or a mortgage, care for your children, parents, pets.  You get up early and rush off to work without a breakfast, lucky if you manage a cup of coffee.  Hours go by without any solid nourishment.  The phones are ringing, deadlines need to be met.  Sometimes you don’t even manage to eat lunch!   You leave work then you are stuck in traffic which sometimes involves road rage.  You finally get home after an exhausting day and your spouse or your children need your attention.  Your too tired to prepare dinner so you pull out a frozen dinner or get takeout or rush  through a fast food drive through.  If you have young children they might be pleading for your help with their homework.  The next thing you know is that you collapsed on your recliner or sofa and the TV is watching you.  You don’t even remember watching your favorite program.  The alarm clock goes off and it’s time to start another day.

If you don’t take the time to manage your stress you will have no choice but to take the time for doctor visits or worse, a stay in the hospital.

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later.  It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want.  Maybe you are super organized at work but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself.  Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.  Instead of beating yourself up, you need to realize that time and stress management are areas of your life that you can strengthen. When you are stressed, it affects the whole family, including your children.  I can help you with that.

Corporate Wellness Programs

I offer Stress and Time Management Classes.

Sugar Blues

Deconstructing Cravings

Healthy Eating at Work

How Food Relates to Your Mood

Do you have a topic you would like me to talk about at your workplace?

Contact me 203-929-9414 or  or

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