Cara Santamaria

Plant-Based Chef, Nutrition Consultant, Reiki Master

I am a plant-based chef, nutrition consultant, and Reiki master who helps people heal by balancing both the physical and emotional

Washington, CT

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5.0 of 5 (12)
Making an appointment with Cara has changed my life so much it's amazing. She asked many questions about my current health and habits, and came up with an individualized plan for me. A plant based diet and a few other things she suggested have made me feel FANTASTIC. I am so glad I found her!!
Cara creates a sacred space and a feeling of safety and relaxation while giving Reiki. She's definitely a healer, sharing her gifts for my relaxation and rejuvenation. Her session promoted relief of stress along with a feeling of empowerment and well being. I was able to return to my essence and experience deep gratitude in her presence.
It was difficult to find a professional who understood that medicine was not making me feel any better, and I soon found Cara while researching plant-based diets. I finally felt like someone was understanding and fixing a lot of underlying problems that were affecting my health. Cara is so down-to-earth and funny that I always look forward to working with her.
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Washington
Washington CT 06793, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Learn More About Cara Santamaria

About me

By working with food and energy, I love being able to help people heal on a number of different levels. After completing my training as a professional chef, I went on to learn the principles of nutrition from both eastern and western perspectives. Using a whole-foods, plant-based approach with an emphasis on Ayurvedic medicine, I not only tailor diet plans but also help in the planning and preparing of delicious meals to help you feel and look your best! I have been trained in the Usui method of Reiki at the master level since 2012, and I have seen that unblocking the emotional channels helps my clients to reach their goals physically, mentally, and emotionally.

My Philosophy of Care

At 18 years old I started searching for ways to feel and look better after years of an unhealthy diet and relationship with food. I read every book related to eastern nutrition and energy work that I could get my hands on. I felt so great after making simple changes that I wanted to study and train for a career where I could help others achieve the same balance and wellness, regardless of how busy or unhealthy they might be. I truly love what I do and my work is my passion.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

Our first consultation will be a chance to get to know each other and set goals. I will ask you a number of questions about your current diet, lifestyle, and symptoms, and assess your physical and emotional state from an Ayurvedic perspective. I'm happy to work with clients who are just looking for a chef, or a nutrition consultant, or a Reiki master--or all three!

My Inspiration

There's no need to sacrifice nutrients or taste when switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Much of what we've learned about nutrition over the years is wrong; and is the leading cause of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I love to prepare meals and teach people how to eat in order to look and feel their best without giving up their budget or enjoyment.


Cara Santamaria Reviews

5.0 of 5 (12)
Making an appointment with Cara has changed my life so much it's amazing. She asked many questions about my current health and habits, and came up with an individualized plan for me. A plant based diet and a few other things she suggested have made me feel FANTASTIC. I am so glad I found her!!
Cara creates a sacred space and a feeling of safety and relaxation while giving Reiki. She's definitely a healer, sharing her gifts for my relaxation and rejuvenation. Her session promoted relief of stress along with a feeling of empowerment and well being. I was able to return to my essence and experience deep gratitude in her presence.
It was difficult to find a professional who understood that medicine was not making me feel any better, and I soon found Cara while researching plant-based diets. I finally felt like someone was understanding and fixing a lot of underlying problems that were affecting my health. Cara is so down-to-earth and funny that I always look forward to working with her.
As an athlete, I have always been interested in how to improve performance. I reached out to Cara for help with transitioning to a vegan diet. She was incredibly helpful & responsive when I was struggling with food choices. I tried a Reiki session to speed-up recovery time. I felt less pain immediately. I have referred everyone I know to Cara, and I cannot stress enough how much her skills have changed my life, beyond what I had expected.
I am a business owner and busy mom. Between all of my obligations, I don’t have a ton of free time to make my own healthy meals. Cara is the BEST at helping me maintain my health and calm without sacrificing a lot of time. Cara has helped me turn my diet around - I trust her process completely.
I have been a client of Cara's for over 7 years now and it has been one of the most beneficial things I have ever done in my life! She helped me when I was transitioning to becoming vegan with amazing recipes and eating habits. Cara made becoming vegan (which I still am!) easy and enjoyable because she really cares and listens to your individual needs and then tailors her nutrition and food plans to your life. I continue to work with Cara for my spiritual and emotional needs as well. This has been beyond life changing! I have had several Reiki sessions with her and I HIGHLY recommend this! It's beyond describeable how she helps you become aware of what is going on in your life on a deeper level and then helps you heal. Cara is a master at what she does and is a rare find these days! Her caring and giving nature, along with her training and skills, makes her all-around amazing! I hope anyone out there looking for help and improvement in their lives finds Cara because you will not be disappointed! I give her 5+++ stars!!
Cara has been there for me from the start. After I filled out the questionnaire, we spoke about many things We discussed my eating habits, my likes and dislikes, stress level, sleeping habits and more. Cara set up my plan afterwards and it is tailored for my body and mindset. I started the plan 2.5 weeks ago and I am down 18 lbs. Since I began, I do not feel hungry, I'm sleeping better, less stressful and have more energy than before. I was concerned because I eat out a lot and was not sure how that would work. Cara sent me her recommended meal ideas for many restaurants near where we live and restaurants that I mentioned to her that I would be going to. This has made the plan so easy to follow and Cara is always there to answer any questions or concerns that I might have. I strongly endorse/recommend Cara. Benny
Cara helped me identify problem foods and create a diet plan that I've found very helpful. I am losing weight, looking thinner, and have been able to do so with minimal effort. I also just noticed that my significant back acne has completely cleared up! I highly recommend Cara.
I have tried every diet before going plant-based. In one month of following Cara’s menu, I shed 22 pounds without giving up my social life. She has answered my calls when I’m at work, on vacation, and out on the weekends. 6 months later I’ve dropped 60 pounds and reached my goals.
I was referred to Cara after getting some bad gallbladder results. Cara urged me to try her cleanse before moving forward with surgery. I followed her instructions & 6 years later, I am still surgery-free. She has taught me so much about food sources and making sure my body is balanced. I have gone on to refer friends and family to Cara, and we all couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
WOW is all I can say about working with Cara Santamaria! I have never met someone more wise, empathetic and concerned with making sure I was functioning at my highest potential. I only wish I had found her sooner.
Cara resolved in one session a digestive issue I’ve struggled with for years.





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