Photo Credit: Leigh Righton
At the age of 12, after finding out what squab actually is, I decided to become a vegetarian . This was my first inkling of the idea that we are disconnected to our food. Over the years I would become vegan, vegetarian again, eat seafood and then become vegan. Again. For many years I was what they call a junk food vegetarian. In the last 6 years I became aware of what I was putting into my body. Gluten, sugar and dairy were not my friends. By making changes and seeing positive results to my health, I feel a closer connection to what I eat and how it can affect my body, mind and soul.
I have been baking/eating/playing with gluten free/dairy free/sugar free since 2007. My naturopath had put me on an alkaline diet due to my liver being very, very, angry with me. Low energy, skin ailments and brain fog were just some of my ailments. I had to find a better way of eating. I found a plant based diet fit all of the parameters and I didn't ever go without (humans were not meant to live without dessert). While working in the busy, fast paced film industry I learned how to make nourishing, delicious meals that would keep me going for those 12+ hour long days. Without coffee.
This invaluable life experience has shown me what works and what doesn't. Wanting to go deeper, I decided to study to become a Whole Food Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach and Certified Raw Food Chef at Raw Foundation in Vancouver and take courses at Matthew Kenney Culinary in Los Angeles.
It seems like every day on the news there is a different story about the many benefits of a plant based diet. I want to reintroduce the connection between food and our bodies.
I believe in synergy. That is, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is the way I look at food. The whole food.
To know where our food is from and to be aware of the connection between diet and health is something I feel is hugely important to our well being. By reinforcing the idea of nutrients into our bodies and toxins out of our bodies, I will provide a broader knowledge base for those looking to add health into their diet.
I will do this starting with dessert.