Hi. I’m Diana Pagnucco. .

It's nice to have you here.

Let me tell you a little bit about what I do and Why.

We communicate with our body by what we put into it and what we do with it - food, movement, thoughts, and breath - and all this information adds up over time to become our health. We have a lot of control, and, with that, a lot of responsibility.

Our body also communicates with us - physical and emotional symptoms - asking us to notice that something somewhere needs attention. We've come up with lots of effective ways to stop symptoms, but we're not as good at finding - and fixing - causes.

Unofficially, I started this work in 1995 when I got into the people-making business (I got pregnant with my first baby). I was incubating a brain and organs - gulp - and that got me motivated to take care of my health. Two babies off to high school later, in 2012, I launched a health coaching practice and blog called GreenStartHealth. And in 2017, I added meal planning and cooking classes with Leaves and Twigs. 

It takes time, and really, there's no finish line. Figuring out how to be healthy isn't easy, and there's nothing wrong with you that you're not there yet. But it's doable, and gets easier as you go. I've come a long way myself, but still learn more every day. Start where you are and take one step. I'm here to help.

Check out my blog and recipe pages (if you subscribe, the new posts will come to your inbox automatically). And of course, if you want to connect directly, please shoot me an email any time.


I’ve experienced MAJOR changes in my physical and mental awareness around my body and emotions. Through this process, I feel like I’ve been liberated from my emotional eating habits... meaning that I can now identify and work through triggers as they arise and lead to behaviors I don’t want. It’s absolutely liberating be able to stop and have a meaningful conversation with myself to reflect on why I’m doing what I’m doing. I now understand how my everyday life impacted my food and exercise choices -stressful day at work led to me shutting down, letting the stress become overwhelming. I gained the ability to understand why I’m feeling different emotions and deal with as they arise... and that’s more than I could have asked for. I feel like I’m the road to success - thank you!
— Chelsea
Diana is a transformer and life-changer. Her focus is on making you the best YOU that you can be, both inside and out. We’re working together to tackle a 20 plus year problem relationship with food with very deep rooted patterns, and Diana’s more than up for the challenge. She’s patient, non-judgemental, deeply knowledgeable, always tactical, completely focused on my needs in each moment, and contagiously passionate about health. Diana is also loving, gentle, strong and supportive. I’ve learned so much, and although I’m still in the trenches and addressing my deep rooted patterns, I know I’ll ultimately find freedom.
— Sally
I never had enough time or energy to take care of myself. But after working with Diana, I feel hopeful now - I loved it all. It was a perfect balance of nutritional/emotional/spiritual information sharing. I appreciated the HUGE emotional support.
— Leslie
I finished the Six-Month Transformation at a perfect time with Spring almost here to get active, eat well and be healthy. Now I have much better awareness, improved energy, I’ve lost some weight, and feel less cranky. I like the way we covered all aspects of health and nutrition, to help me understand the “why”, not just the “how”.
— Greg
I lost five pounds in two weeks and have kept it off through the holidays!
— Berthe
I’d lost sight of what was healthy for me to eat – I wasn’t paying attention or being mindful of what I was putting into my body. After two weeks with Diana, I’ve lost five pounds, feel less sluggish, and like I’m really eating healthy, nutritious food. Diana’s wisdom and support kept me focused.
— Cindy
I hesitated to sign up because I didn’t know if I could really be open and honest with someone I don’t know. Diana made me feel comfortable and that I would never be judged. She never felt like a stranger. I’d recommend her without hesitation!
— Susan
I’ve reconnected with myself and moved closer to the front of the line. I reached my goals of losing 12 pounds and lowering my blood pressure to a healthy place (without medication). I have better control of my food choices now. Diana offered me love, insight, availability, recipes, encouragement, ears and patience. Her nonjudgmental approach gave me a sense of safety, and I now feel less afraid of change. She also set me up with lots of reading and cooking resources; I’m having fun with my new dishes.
— Barb
I signed up for the six month program to better understand healthy foods, lose a little weight, and decrease my alcohol consumption: all goals that I met. Diana provided valuable information all with a positive attitude. I feel more aware of my food and body, and enjoy feeling less hungry, more satisfied than before I started the program. Diana listens kindly, and clearly cares about my issues. I’d recommend her program to anyone who wants to improve their health.
— Martha
I’m amazed at the change in my relationship with food. Usually a “diet” lasts a few days, then I’m onto something else. This program is so much more than that. Looking back, I can’t believe how I used to eat! Diana not only inspired me, but now I’m inspiring my family, friends and co-workers to be on this healthy journey. I’ve lost 8 pounds so far (in a healthy way), lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure, and increased my energy. People around me have commented on my weight loss, or that my skin looks great, or my hair… all due to whole foods! I used to jump from one fad diet to the next without any results and feeling miserable. I finally had enough and realized I needed someone to help me focus on what’s important. Diana did that and much more. She has vast knowledge and an easy way about her, which made the sessions enjoyable.
— Sharon
I’ve lost 38 pounds and feel much better! I’ve eliminated one of my prescription medications and I feel empowered to continue to make more positive changes in my life. My energy, fitness level and self-esteem are all improved. Diana has been awesome – she is positive, encouraging and a delight to be around. She is a wealth of information and an excellent teacher and coach.
— Karen
Diana’s coaching has left me feeling more grounded and in charge of my food choices. I have new strategies for shopping and cooking; my allergic symptoms are gone! My good health has increased my quality of life. I now understand and have worked through my emotional eating issues. Rather than trying to fix me, Diana coached me to find and reinforce my own inner strength. Anyone who’s serious about taking charge of their own health with a supportive, challenging and knowledgeable coach full of helpful resources would do well working with Diana. Thank you!!
— Beth