Ivy Larson is a nutrition, fitness and wellness expert and the creator of Clean Cuisine. She is the founder of CleanCuisine.com and author of four nutrition books including the bestselling Gold Coast Cure (HCI Books, 2005) and Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Program that Will Change the Way You Age, Look & Feel (Penguin-Berkley, 2013) She is also an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist and creator of Full Fitness Fusion: The 30 Minute Solution workout DVD. Ivy holds additional professional certifications as a fitness instructor and fitness testing specialist through the Fitness Institute International.
As an All-American Cheerleader, dancer and gymnast, Ivy always had a passion for fitness. Her interest in nutrition was sparked by a diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998 at the age of twenty-two. Along with her husband, Andy Larson, M.D., Ivy developed an anti-inflammatory nutrition program that has kept the symptoms of her disease in remission for over 15 years. Ivy’s “MS diet” has helped thousands of people with all kinds of inflammatory medical conditions improve their health and regain their lives. In 2012 Ivy faced another health calamity when her decade-long hip pain was diagnosed as “Femoral Retroversion”. She underwent a major surgery for a femoral derotational osteotomy and was unable to walk for over six months. But once again, Ivy turned her health mishap into a positive with the development of a no-impact workout system, Full Fitness Fusion, that was filmed just nine months after her surgery and created as a workout anybody can do.
Ivy’s story as well as her expertise in fitness and nutrition has made her a popular figure among top national media outlets; she has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, Martha Stewart Radio, The Montel Show, NBC’s ivillage Live and as a host of nutrition and fitness segments on Lifetime Television. Her recipes, fitness and nutrition advice have been featured in in Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Fitness Magazine, Life & Style, Get Active, Oxygen, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Star, National Examiner, First for Women, Quick and Simple and many others.
As a mother, Ivy intimately understands the time constraints other working women and mothers face and she aims to make her lifestyle and fitness recommendations as realistic and doable as possible. Her Clean Cuisine recipes, workouts and nutrition advice are especially popular among time-crunched women trying to balance family, fitness, health and work. Ivy lives in North Palm Beach, FL with her husband and their son, Blake.
ANDREW LARSON, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Dr. Larson is a board certified general, laparoscopic, and bariatric surgeon, one of only a couple hundred physicians in the world currently directing an internationally certified “Center of Excellence” program offering weight loss surgery. He serves as part of the affiliate faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Surgery at the JFK Medical Center. Dr. Larson is also an Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor at the Schmidt College of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Larson graduated with distinction from Cornell University, where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering. He earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, consistently ranked amongst the top five medical schools in North America. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine Dr. Larson has trained at some of the nation’s most storied medical institutions including:
Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital
- Philadelphia’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- New York’s prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- New Jersey’s premier heart hospital, the Newark-Beth Israel Medical Center
- New Jersey’s Monmouth Medical Center, a referral center for minimally invasive surgery
Dr. Larson presently works in Palm Beach County, Florida where he serves as medical director for JFK Medical Center’s Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute, a certified “Center of Excellence” facility for weight loss surgery. Dr. Larson is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. He holds a fellowship in the American College of Surgeons and is the 2013 President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. Dr. Larson sits on the nutritional advisory board for Barlean’s, a nationally distributed and award-winning manufacturer of nutrition products.
Dr. Larson has published multiple peer-reviewed medical journal articles and presented scientific research at national conferences. Along with his wife, Ivy Larson, he has authored three national top selling books to date in addition to serving as the medical expert for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living: Weight Loss book.