Allyn Raifstanger Biography

I grew up in Great Barrington Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshires and went to  Monument Mountain Regional High School. I loved playing soccer and skied all winter long at a local ski area, Butternut Basin. During high school I worked in restaurants and pursued that interest with college where I graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration.

After college, I joined the Omni Hotels and Resorts Corporation, moving around the country to places like Atlanta, New York, Boston, Hampton New Hampshire, and Cincinnati, where I decided to stay. In 1991 I left the hotel business and opened Allyn’s Café and have been there ever since.  

In 2013 I decided to start eating a plant-based diet because of two documentaries I watched. Several years later, in the summer of 2018 I pursued a dream of writing a book called We Don’t Just Eat Lettuce. The book contains my story how dietary and lifestyle changes gave me a new perspective on health and life. The book contains great vegan recipes that even carnivores would love. During the process of writing We Don’t Just Eat Lettuce I became a student of The Institute of Integrated Nutrition, the largest nutrition and health coaching school in the world.  I graduated as an Integrated Nutrition Health Coach and offer holistic health and wellness programs. My goal with this book and my future as a health coach is to mentor and support people to achieve their health and wellness goals, therefore bringing changes to our society as a whole. 

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How I became interested in Health and Wellness



My Training

I am a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition ( where I have learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories- Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. As a Certified Health Coach, I provide coaching services to help others achieve lasting health through gradual and natural habit formation.


I studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts including:

  • Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
  • Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School O Medicine
  • Mark Hyman, MD, founder of the UltraWellnesss Center
  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
  • David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
  • Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing


My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.


Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC)

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Next Steps…

I’m interested in improving my health and well-being, what is the next step?

Allyn will conduct a health and wellness history screenings for those interested. There is a short form that needs to be filled out and he can conduct the session via phone, skype, or in person. There is a limit to clients he can take.

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