John Bagnulo MPH, PhD is a Naturalist and a Nutritionist.

A naturalist because of his understanding of the biological processes at work in the world and in our bodies and
a nutritionist
because of his ability to see how foods influence these processes and how these processes influence food.
“I see a nutritionist as part farmer, part cook and part doctor” Bagnulo admits. “ You have to understand more than just the basics in all of these fields to be able to truly help people”

John Bagnulo has worked as a nutritionist and assistant professor for the past 12 years.  He has taught courses in human metabolism, food and ecology, food and culture, nutrition and disease, and nutrition and cooking, among others.  He has helped hundreds of patients reverse chronic diseases through a diet of whole foods.

John’s practice is centered at 39 Main Street in Belfast, Maine. Where he meets with nutrition clients daily.

He is co-founder of Terra Madre Farms where the goal is to heal common and chronic health issues with pure nourishment.

In addition, he is in the process of planning and building a small, sustainable farm that will one day serve as a classroom for people of all ages and all walks of life to learn more about sustainable living and what they can do at home.

He has a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate from the University of Maine.

One of the foremost experts on food and health, John’s lectures and discussions place food at the center of a web that stretches from our physiology to our fields and from our ancestors to our kitchens. His talks are sure to enlighten and entertain even the most well read and informed on the topic of nutrition and health.

“I believe that whole, minimally processed food, grown the right way, is where it all starts”

“If we miss this concept, if this is not in place, everything else is marginalized. My goal in working with individuals and when speaking to groups is to convey this message. Yes, there is a time and a place for supplements, but most people are better served by spending their resources at a farmer’s market. True nourishment is more than molecules a food has to offer us. It is the connection we make to that food, whether it be in the field or in the kitchen. When that connection is lost, a food’s ability to help us thrive or heal is greatly reduced”.


John’s  Basic Blueprint For Better Health

1. Limit the sugar in your diet to that found in fruit.

2. Limit animal protein to less than 5% of your calories and think small fish or eggs over meat and dairy.

3. Limit sodium intake to less than 1200mg per day.

4. Have a rich source of plant protein at every meal (beans, lentils, nuts and seeds).

5. Have at least 50g of fiber per day.

6. Make fruits and vegetables at least half of your plate.

7. Use only whole grains.

8. Avoid all artificial ingredients: colorings, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners.