A friend asked me yesterday why I am here, what am I passionate about, why do I love food and nutrition?
And I realized that for many of you, you may not know my story and what fueled me to be where I am today. So if you want to learn more about my journey, how corporate America pushed me into food and nutrition, and why I am passionate about helping others manage their stress through simple shifts in food and lifestyle I hope you watch the video below. It is filled with heart and emotion that cannot be conveyed through writing.
I know you have expressed wanting a cookbook, but that just wasn’t in the cards for 2018. Instead I’ve put together my 9 go-to recipes. These are the recipes we make ALL the time and a few of the have been staples for years since I learned how to cook.
The common misconception is that people who chose to eliminate specific foods are picky eaters, inconvenient and just doing the latest fad. The truth is that some people have become in tune with their bodies and notice adverse effects when certain foods are consumed. Everyone’s reactions are different in how they manifest.
For example, while eating out I may ask if something is “gluten-free”. Almost every time the person will ask “Are you allergic or is it a preference?”. This question erks me. Who cares if it is my preference! If I want something gluten-free I should have the confidence in knowing what I’m eating is just that! And to be honest, now when posed with that question, I tell them I am allergic. I won’t die if I have it, but my body will tell me it is angry with me for consuming it. It’s my choice that I don’t want to eat gluten, others shouldn’t sabotage it.
My belief has always been that the food we consume can heal us. However, I was reminded that our food does not contain the same nutrient content as it once did as the soil our food is grown in is often nutrient deficient due to monoculture, pesticides, etc. Although I’ve drastically overhauled how I eat, it is clear something is still fucked up – could be I’m not digesting my food properly and/or not absorbing nutrients. Honestly, I’m at my wits end over here, so I have finally caved on supplements.
Do you have to eat every 2 hours? Get HANGRY if you don’t? Are you able to go go go all day long then crash once you actually sit down? Require a giant glass of wine/beer after work just to “unwind”? Use working out to beat yourself up as a stress relief? Have trouble falling asleep? Wake up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep?
This defined me. Family and friends knew meals and snacks were a necessity if you didn’t want the bitch to come out. Missing a meal was never an option.