For as long as I can remember, cooking was a passion of mine. By the age of 4, my mother started finding finger prints in the butter dish and crumbs by the pantry, as I fed my curiosity of textures and flavours.
And then.. my first easy bake oven. It overwhelmed my imagination with new ideas and concepts of powders and liquids creating something so delicious. But while all this dietary excitement was unfolding, so were the health issues my mother couldn’t ignore. From the snotty nose, to the puffy dark circles under my eyes, to the endless crying and tantrums, she knew something wasn’t normal. After many visits to local doctors, no reasons were producing any positive changes in my health until a visit to the local naturopath revealed an extensive list of food allergies and sensitivities. And the health pursuit adventures began.
My diet was adjusted dramatically overnight, limiting my new recipe fascinations, and including few foods I once loved to eat. In case you don’t remember, in the 90’s, health food alternatives free from dairy and wheat were far and few between, often times more resembling cardboard then something ingestible. So I ate plain and my health improved exponentially with the changes we made, but in my late teens, running amuck with my own desires to eat crappy food and abuse my body, I fell into the sluggish, miserable, and unhealthy pit again. Struggling with acne, depression, and GI tract issues, a visit to the naturopath set me back onto a health focused diet and brought me back to a natural diet again. This time however it lit a fire within me. “How many other people are struggling to feel good?”, I asked myself. “How many people don’t know it’s related to the food they are eating?” Those questions circled my mind for years, and as I grew older and my love for food continued to evolve, the kitchen experiments gained momentum. Spending 4 years as a raw foodist, and embarking on serious cleansing regimens, and fasting, my food imagination started to really run wild. Ideas of creating the once forbidden foods in a healthier alternative was the goal, and I’d like to think I accomplished that. I was in love with food again and this time I wasn’t going to make myself or others sick with the hard to stomach ingredients. I was on a mission to create delicious foods that enhanced our health and supported still living a life of indulgence and decadence. I knew I wanted that. And I knew that plenty of people wanted that too.
Learning from some of the greatest chefs’ in and out of the health industry, I set out on a mission to understand why so many people were sick and unhealthy even though we had so much knowledge about nutrition available to us. Some of my experiences included working in raw food and health food restaurants, holistic retreats, preparation workshops, consulting to professional athletes, and personal catering to a wide range of dietary needs. I studied every health expert, I tried every diet, I read every book, I took every course, I did every cleanse, I hacked my health, I devoured every supplement.
I worked with hundreds of people wanting to be well.
And something became remarkably clear.
It isn’t just about food. And when we control, shame, judge, and restrict ourselves, it isn’t healthy at all.
These 4 ingredients have been my recipe for health.
- Health is naturally all about balance. It has to be a lifestyle not some rigorous set of rules we barricade or bore ourselves with. Work to up level your choices, not restrict them.
- Health is undeniably personal. Just cuz yoga and kale worked for her, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Just cuz your best friend lost 17 pounds eating a paleo diet, doesn’t mean you will. You, yeah you, are unique. Take the time to understand your individual needs and stop spinning the wheel on your health. Take an educated look at your health, strengths, weaknesses, take tests like this and this, see a naturopath in your area, and take responsibility for your own personal health. In this way, knowledge is absolutely power.
- We must find a way of living that nourishes us in all ways. And it could be one little change at a time. What are you really starving for in your life?
- And most importantly we must, MUST love ourselves in order to live in balance. We must enjoy what we are doing, eating, and who we are being. It can’t be so black and white, eating greens or eating take out burgers, otherwise we will inevitably derail. It’s got to be natural, and enhancing, and familiar, and fun.
Because that right there…is the making’s of a sustainable change.
So now it would be ridiculously predictable for me to start telling you the macros in each meal and how much you should and shouldn’t eat per day, but I would rather see you love the process of discovery. To play in your kitchen and take a genuine interest in your own health and wellbeing. Seeking inwards for the answers you desire about your vitality rather than listening to someone else’s opinion.
The health industry can be a very confusing place for many so rest assured that I will never be indulging you in food dogma or judgement for specific ways you chose to eat but rather to support you in cultivating your own unique understanding of your body and health while learning about whole food ingredients and home cooked meals. I believe that we are all very unique in our needs metabolically and nutritionally, and to learn the language your body speaks while taking responsibility (and having fun) with your choices each day can be a powerful combination for long lasting vitality and health abundance.
Food is our fuel and I believe it is the foundation to everything we do. If we feel great, and our bodies are alive with energy, won’t we be able to do more? Serve more? Create more awesome in the world?
Health is a birthright and understanding how to feed ourselves is too.
My hope is that you will join me as we fall back in love with our kitchens, creating real food for ourselves and our families everyday.
Whatever has led you to seek out healthier alternatives, I encourage you to keep going and keep learning. It’ll be more rewarding than you can ever imagine.
Have a question, a comment? Want to collaborate in some way? Just have something nice to say? I’d love to hear from you! Shoot me a message below! And here’s to our mutual health and vitality! xo SR