Let me fast forward quickly through the last 12 years...
I developed a breathing problem at age 15 that was followed by a 10 year onslaught of doctor’s visits, tests, and prescriptions to bring me zero answers about the root cause of my health issues. In those 10 years I visited over 15 doctors and health professionals. I just wanted my energy back and to resolve my breathing issues. In all of those visits, not one doctor asked the most important question... “What do you eat three times a day?” The “remedies” were: inhalers, steroids, breathing therapy, herbal supplements, and "health" shakes.
After I tore my second ACL in the spring of 2013, I got a road bike to rehab my knee quicker. I started listening to the #1 health podcast by Rich Roll, an ultra-athlete. An ultra-athlete competes in double-ironman distance triathlons. Rich Roll, at the age of 40, was competing in ultra-mans and his diet was entirely plant-based. And he wasn’t just competing, he was placing. I thought “if plant-based eating is good enough for him, it must be good enough for me!” I started slow… a green shake one morning. I tried his chocolate chia seed pudding recipe another morning and felt a major difference in my body. I found more recipes online. I kept going. And I was hooked.
I had more energy than I had in years! I felt my body healing and strengthening like I had not felt before. I realized it was because I was finally giving my body the fuel it needed to fill my nutrient-deficit and fuel me for the day. I started posting photos of my creations, partly because I am a photographer and can’t help myself and partly because I wanted others to see that eating nutrient-dense food was actually delicious!
A year later, people started to notice my weight loss, my increased energy, and just got seriously hungry looking at my food photos! In the fall of 2014, I had a handful of friends who were interested in learning about plant-based cooking. I offered to host a session and opened it up to my friend network. At that first session, 30 people came out to hear about my story and get samples. After that, the group asked for a deeper session, wanting more information to put this in to practice. I hosted another session in January 2015 and 63 people came out on a Saturday afternoon in 10 degree weather to listen to why they should get more plants in their diets and cut out the boxed and processed foods!
i'm on a mission to tell you wellness starts with our food.
let’s be mindful about what we are putting in our bodies and leave a better legacy of health for our children and the generations to come.
let's get back to real food, back to the food our grandparents ate, back to food that nourishes.