to Foodieland Mindful Living + Happy Eating Philosophy Roots Credentials Inspiration Welcome

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”

Mother Theresa

My Roots

Hola! I'm Alice.

Once upon a time, I followed a carrot loving, white rabbit clad in a vest into a nook in a tree, and I fell into a wonderful land of food – Foodieland! My childhood dream was to be able to talk to animals, so I decided I’d bring you into my magical world and take a bit of creative license in sharing my Foodieland story. Although I may or may not have actually followed a white rabbit into Foodieland, I can say that my early life adventures, travels, and experiences influenced my passion for delicious food, nutrition, food studies, and health.

I was blessed to have a family that always delighted in home-cooked meals and family dinners. Having lived in Latin America as a child, I recall selecting fruits and vegetables at the local farmers’ market almost daily. A bicycle-riding baker delivered fresh, French baguette to our home every morning. As a kid, I hated eating cooked vegetables, but I loved fresh, crispy salads, beans, and homemade guacamole. My parents indulged my love for salad and made sure I always got lots of avocados and beans. No matter how hectic my parents’ schedules were, we always enjoyed breakfast and dinner together. These wonderful memories from my childhood planted the seeds for my interest in food.

It is also in Latin America that I found my passion for health advocacy. When I was a young girl, I vividly remember seeing children who, instead of eating warm meals at home and attending school, spent their days on the street selling candy or shining shoes. This was the first time I was awakened to the lack of food, education, clean water and love that many children face. In recent years, I’ve worked in various roles to bring health services and food security to under-served populations.

My family eventually moved back to my now-hometown of New Orleans. Ah, New Orleans – a magical place filled with contradictions. I love New Orleans! It’s delightful Café Au Lait & Beignets, lazy moss covered trees, the smell of grass always in the air. After Hurricane Katrina devastated my beloved New Orleans, I suffered from digestive health issues, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastritis exacerbated by anxiety and depression. I found that the best way for me to heal was to adopt a mindful lifestyle that includes a plant-centered, whole foods diet, meditation, and Yoga. As I healed myself, I began to re-focus my energy to bring healing and support to others. If you are seeking to uplift your mind, heal your relationship to food, and restore your health, I’m here for you!

 My passion is to bring healing and support to anyone who is seeking to uplift their mind, heal their relationship to food, improve their quality of life, and restore their health                                                                                                                                        Alice Figueroa

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”

Julia Child

My Inspiration

y foodieland adventures include spending my days getting lost in New York City and New Orleans – looking for the perfect cup of coffee/matcha, searching for scrumptious food, blending green smoothies, cooking my way through my community supported agriculture (CSA) box, and taking pictures of dogs and cats. As a part of my mindful lifestyle philosophy, I enjoy Yoga, running, dancing and walking to every bookstore in New York.  I am eternally grateful to my family, friends ( thanks Jason), Yoga Teachers, and my cat Toulouse- for inspiring me to breath deeply and smile kindly.

I’m so excited for you to join me in exploring this space that will bring together reputable science-based research and holistic advise regarding nutrition, food, yoga, exercise, health, and lifestyle. Let’s nurture together a mindful living+happy eating philosophy.

Mindfulness frees us from forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life.  

                Thich Naht Hanh

My Philosophy


y nutrition counseling/coaching philosophy is one of mindful nutrition. I derived the concept of mindful nutrition from public health, positive psychology, and mindfulness science-based research, Yogic studies, and Buddhist teachings. Thich Naht Hanh, an inspiring Buddhist teacher who pioneered mindful nutrition alongside Harvard’s Dr. Lilian Cheung (R.D, D.Sc), states, “Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live.” Mindfulness is using your breath to bring awareness to your current moment by observing the fluctuations of the mind and the sensations of the body. It unites your body, your mind, your heart’s intention with your breath, bringing your attention into the present moment. I combine peer-reviewed science based nutrition/public health research with the holistic teachings of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation to create nutrition programs that meet your unique medical, cultural, and emotional needs.

My nutrition counseling/coaching approach  encourages mindful eating and lifestyle by:

  • Raising awareness regarding the food you purchase

  • Exploring the feelings, emotions, and attitudes you have about eating

  • Evaluating the supplements/medications you take

  • Revolutionizing the recipes and food you prepare

  • Revitalizing the health and lifestyle choices you make


I combine peer-reviewed science based nutrition/public health research with the holistic teachings of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation to create nutrition programs that meet your unique medical, cultural, and emotional needs.                                                                                                                                                                          Alice Figueroa


indful Nutrition Counseling and Coaching will empower you by:

Assessing your medical, psychological, and motivational needs to make sure that you succeed in achieving optimum health. As a dietitian, I am qualified to collaborate with your medical doctor to review your medical labs/testing and to ensure that your nutrition support is suited to your unique medical nutrition needs

Enhancing your enjoyment and curiosity about food by empowering you to be present when you eat

Raising your awareness about what you are eating, how you are eating, who you are eating it with, where your food originated from, and how it is prepared

Allowing you to delight in all foods… It’s all about moderation, portion control, and mindful consumption

Encouraging  you to eat in a way that works for your body, health, and culture-No fad diets or restrictive eating regiments

Focusing on your overall health, well-being, and happiness. It is not just about losing weight, counting calories, and getting buns of steal- It is about being comfortable in your body, calm in your mind, and happy in your soul.

I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression

 Maya Angelou

My Professional Expertise

 earned a Master’s in Public Health from New York University, where I also completed my Dietetic and Nutrition credentials. I am a James Beard Foundation National Scholar Award Recipient training to be a Natural Foods Chef.  I am also a CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program Certified Lifestyle Coach and Yoga Teacher. I hold an honors degree in International Relations with a focus on healthcare policy from Tulane University. I successfully completed a medical nutrition therapy residency that specialized in the management of HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, diabetes, cancer, GI disorders, eating disorders, and cardiovascular health. In addition, I completed a rotation in pediatric nutrition counseling.

I conducted health assessments, evaluations and developed bilingual nutrition education programs for under-served communities in Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Bronx. I had the privilege to work in South Africa, where I conducted pediatric nutrition counseling and breastfeeding consultations for mothers and children affected by HIV. While in South Africa, I conducted research on food insecurity post-apartheid as a mediating factor for HIV and other co-infections, and I developed strategies for overcoming challenges in delivering efficient health and nutrition services. I also completed a certification course facilitated by United Nation’s World Food Programme in system approaches to food access.

To nurture my love for food, I also participated in an NYU Food and Nutrition Studies Program in Italy, where I conducted research on the food, culture, and health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and Farm-to-Table eating.  While in Italy, I visited local artisan vineyards, olive oil and balsamic vinegar producers, pasta artists, and delicious organic farms.


 As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Nelson Madela

My Credentials

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD, RDN) 

  • James Beard Foundation National Scholar

  • Master of Public Health and Didactic Program in Dietetics (MPH)
    Concentration: International and Community Health (MPH) and Nutrition and Dietetics
    New York University, May 2013
  • Dietetic Internship/Residency
    Concentration: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Counseling, Community Nutrition, HIV and Infectious Disease Nutrition Management, Diabetes Management, Chronic Disease Management, and Pediatric Nutrition
    Queens College City University of New York, May 2014
  • Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research Certificate                                                                              Harvard University, September 2018

  • Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree
    Major: Political Science and International Relations    
    Tulane University, May 2009
  • A Systems Approach to Food Access Certificate                            United Nations World Food Programme and NYU College of Global Public Health, November 2016

  • Certified Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach
    Center for Disease Control (CDC) Training, April 2015
  • 300-hour Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher,
    Jivamukti Yoga School, June 2013
  • Natural Foods Chef
    Natural Gourmet Institute, September 2018

Explore our foodie wellness adventures

Follow @aliceinfoodieland