Marlene Farouq Qaqish emigrated from Jordan to the United States. She earned her Masters degree in Nutritional Science and Human Performance for with MS academic award from Logan University, Chesterfield, MO.  Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She also earned a Diploma of Executive Secretarial and Business Office Work from Fryerning College in England. Marlene has also worked as an assistant to her advisor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she was also involved at WIC program as a nutritionist.

Marlene designs recipes that emphasize fresh, natural and mostly organic ingredients. She enjoys sharing her time-saving tips and has been noted by many friends and entertainers for her gourmet cooking and home entertaining. Marlene has some formal training and food techniques that she gained through her nutritional studies at UNO. She has taught herself culinary techniques and is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Marlene enjoys learning about nutritional updates. With the aid of traveling to Italy, France, South America, and the Middle East, she has gained valuable experience. Marlene relies on gourmet recipes using unique spices and natural food, gourmet menus and unique, creative presentation.

Marlene now lives in Omaha, Nebraska as a homemaker devoted to her two sons and husband. She enjoys entertaining and coming up with new gourmet recipes that are easy to follow and fast to make. She also loves sharing her nutrition tips and healthy diet menus to maintain a healthy lifestyle while also losing weight.


Means eating healthy foods, whole food nutrition is very important because it provides your body with the nutrition that needs to grow and repair.  Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that the body needs to work properly.

whole food focus on a natural eating plan. When you are eating healthy foods, your body is supplied with the necessary nutrients that it needs: vitamins, minerals, and fiber which allow your body to strengthen the immune system, repair, and grow. Eating a good variety of nutrition along with other healthy life style helps your body to be in the best condition possible.

Organic, Natural or Real vs. processed foods

The organic food market is growing in response to  the increasing demand for organic products. “Organic farming is a production system that excludes the use of synthetically produced fertilizers, biocides, growth regulators, and livestock feed additives such as antibiotics and growth hormones” (United States Department of Agriculture, 1980)

Natural foods are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber, fatty acids, and water, all essential to human nutrition.

Real foods are food that close to its natural and original state without any processing.

The term “processed food includes any food that has been purposely changed in some way prior to consumption.  It includes food that has been cooked, canned, frozen, packaged or changed in nutritional composition with fortifying, preserving or preparing in different ways”. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Processed food is less nutritious because the processing removes a lot of the nutrition, and some foods are filled with unhealthy ingredients such as chemicals, MSG, preservatives, sodium, sugars, and artificial flavorings.  Most Fast food are processed foods.  Processed foods and beverages are the biggest sources of added sugar (and HFCS) in the diet. 

The more processed foods you eat the less nutrients will get.

Processed foods usually contains Trans-fats which is bad for you. Eat real fats such as olive oil, Ghee grass-fed butter or coconut oil.

Processed foods carbohydrates are mainly refined “simple” carbohydrates, Simple carbohydrates are easily and quickly utilized for energy by the body because of their simple chemical structure, often leading to a faster rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion which may have negative health effect. complex carbohydrate foods that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals, they take longer to digest.  Limit simple Carbs such as white bread and white potatoes, and eat more Complex Carbs such as whole grains and sweet potato, whole fruits.

Most processed foods are very low in fiber because either intentionally removed or lost during processing.  We need fiber as a great source for treating constipation.

Most highly processed foods are loaded with artificial chemicals, including artificial flavors, texture, colorants and preservatives. The widespread use of GMOs come health problems and weight gain.

I highly recommend to learn how to read the new Nutrition Fact Food Labels.

Why Nutrition Matters

Good nutrition is important to feel and stay strong throughout your life.  With good nutrition you can reduce the risk of some diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.


Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition assessment and body composition, medical clinical history, medication use, weight history, anthropometric measurements, nutritional knowledge and behaviors, physical activity, 24-hour dietary recall, and dietary supplement use. Evaluate current nutritional status of clients and develop treatment goals, optimize eating pattern and plans according to the clients needs.

Follow-ups to assess your progress and set new goals.

Grocery Store Touring 

One – two hour grocery store tour to help the clients identify healthier options on the store shelves to meet their specific nutritional goals.

Cooking Classes: 

This is a great option for people with specific needs, cooking class can help clients learn easy cooking skills and quick fast healthy meals, to menus for special dietary requirements.

Group Education Classes:

Group nutrition education classes, any kind of group that would like nutrition education. These classes include Basic Nutrition, Eating out, Menu Planning & Budgeting, Nutrition Tools and Disease Specific Nutrition Education.

It is important to remember that the healthiest foods in the store like fresh fruits, vegetables, or fish, those foods do not need nutrition labels their nutrition value.  But packaged foods need nutrition labels as they are heavily processed.