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Meet Mayumi

A little about myself and how my journey to optimal health began….In my early years I worked in various restaurants in Oregon and San Francisco (for a total of over 17 years), and for 7 years I worked as the director of a Bay Area Cooking School. After my second son was born I decided to branch out on my own, so I could enjoy a more flexible schedule and spend more individual time with my students and this is why I started Fork&Knife Creations.  My company has evolved over the years, mainly because I have.  I still teach people how to cook nutritious foods, but now I offer so much more!

In the past, regular exercise was not a part of my life, after all, I wasn’t feeling bad or gaining weight (yet!).  I ate and drank pretty much whatever I wanted and my weight remained the same up until I had my second child.  After that, the pounds slowly started piling on.  Each year I was gaining a pant size and I was having a hard time doing the activities I enjoyed.  I didn’t realize how much weight I had gained until I saw a photo of myself.  I finally had enough and decided to enlist the help of a personal trainer at my local gym, and happily the weight began to come off.  I lost 10 pounds right away, without changing my diet a bit.  I cooked at home a lot, but I was still eating fast food and I had all kinds of processed foods in my fridge and pantry.  I loved to bake and regularly indulged in homemade cookies, muffins, and whatever other sweets I craved.

After I hit my first plateau, I did some research and found out that I needed to change up my routine if I wanted to continue getting results.  Well, it worked and my weight loss continued!  Then again, another plateau.  This time I thought about improving my diet, as the exercise alone wouldn’t be enough to get me to my goal.  My mother died of cancer at 56 and through my studies in nutrition, I knew that cutting out certain foods and replacing them with healthier choices, I could lower my cancer risk (among other diseases), as well as further my fat loss goals.  With these additional changes my weight loss continued and my health improved.

To this day I have maintained my fat loss and have become healthier and more fit than ever, even at age 50 plus!  Instead of just teaching people how to cook, I now teach people how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise.  I am looking forward to working with you to achieve your personal goals.  If you are ready to start, please give me a call or send me an email.  Let’s do this!


Mayumi Tavalero

Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer
ServSafe Certified
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED