Mar 182020

The story about me and food

The story about me and food

It has taken me many years to recognize and be honest about the significant role the food we eat plays in how we feel. I sought real wealth, health and vitality, but the journey was complex and never straightforward.

For a significant portion of my life, I felt like crap.
Not surprisingly, at the time, I was also eating like crap.

My journey to a healthy balanced diet is probably a lot like yours – I’ve had a lot of successes, a lot of failures, and have struggled to strike a balance between what I eat, what I want to eat, and what my kids and my husband will eat.
Today, I think I’ve found that sweet spot for both my family and myself. And I know first-hand how challenging it can be to be responsible for cooking for a family – people with various needs and tastes. Now I help families find their sweet spot by cooking meals for them and supporting their family’s true health.

Before I share what I can do for your family, let me first share a little bit more about me.

How food changed my life
I grew up on homemade food (well …let’s ignore the period when I was formula-fed…breastfeeding wasn’t trendy in the late ’70s). We grew vegetables, my grandparents grew vegetables and had an orchard, countless berry bushes. …and my grandpa was a beekeeper.
But, as I got older, I was either eating out or not eating at all to try to control my weight. Soon, I was only eating homemade dishes when I visited my parents or grandparents. I started drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, and it was often my only breakfast. I ate late at night or on a random schedule. I was a bit of a mess.

Change in perspective
When I got pregnant in my late 20’s, I realized I had to pull myself together. When I was suddenly literally eating for two, I also started thinking twice about what I was putting into my body. But, I didn’t really make dramatic changes in what I ate. At least diet was finally back on my radar. As I spent the next several years breastfeeding and growing another baby, I committed myself to ensure the health of their diet. But there still wasn’t a lot of balance in my own eating, or perspective. I remember one time I read a powerful book about diet, and I was suddenly obsessed with feeding my kids organic ostrich meat. I know…omg…in the central Europe…ha ha ha.surprised-ostrich-headshot

Then, when I finally thought I had course-corrected, things started unraveling for me. We moved to Germany, and shortly after, my husband went away on a several months-long business trip. I was standing in my kitchen with two little kids tugging on my jeans, wondering what in the world I was going to cook. I didn’t know the language. I didn’t know anyone in our new place. And then my best friend, who had fought cancer for years, died. It was devastating. And amid that emotional stress, I was driven by an impulse to reflect on health in general. What can we do to stay healthy? What are the main factors that influence our health? Where is the balance?

Sickness and health
This time in my life was challenging. I struggled to stay afloat and manage the stress that filled my life. I was frustrated, lonely, mourning, and exhausted. It was around this time that I started getting sick. Well, more like I never got better, so I just felt like crap.
I had sinus infections, bladder infections, skin problems, and a messed up digestive system. Trust me, I was thinking about it all the time, and you don’t need to know about all that. My kids were sick too. Everyone just shrugged it off, saying kids are always sick. But I didn’t want them to be sick all the time. I started hunting for answers.

Diet solutions
Then a book turned my eating life around: The Joy of Healthy Children. Written by two Czech authors, the macrobiotic diet described in the book changed my life. I felt better, I lost weight and my kids stopped coughing all winter long!
But I was cooking a lot and making things no one else in my family would eat. After about six months, I was overwhelmed and cut back on following the diet. However, I’ve incorporated a lot of the things I read in that book into a more balanced eating and cooking routine. And I know I can go back to “hardcore” mode whenever I need to.

My philosophy
This journey is my personal one. But along the way, I’ve learned a few things that I believe to be universal about our health, diet, and vitality. I firmly believe what we eat matters.

If you too are looking for answers in your diet, consider these nutrition “truths” of mine:

  • The quality of what we eat matters.
  • Food is our fuel. Put junk in, and you get junk out.
  • How much we eat, when we eat, and how we eat is important too.
  • Food can help heal our bodies when they are damaged or ill.
  • Diet feeds your brain – healthy foods lead to mental wellness.

Don’t take your food journey alone – let me join you!
One of the best things you can do for your overall health is to eat home-cooked meals. Staying away from processed and unhealthy fast foods and restaurant meals is the first strong step in your health journey. Every day I help families cross this hurdle, saving them time and taking the stress out of “what’s for dinner”?

Ask me how I can help your family eat better tonight!