How I ended up in the kitchen.
I wish that I would have know much younger how enjoyable it is to cook. My passion for cooking quite honestly came out of necessity. I did a study abroad program in Peru and while I was their I got really sick. When I came home, no one could figure out what it was for months. Not until I went to a parasitologist (I bet you didn't know they existed) did I finally find out what I had, giardia. By that point, the giardia had wreaked havoc, leaving my whole digestive system a complete wreck. I was a mess for a long time. I went to countless doctors with no answers how to repair the damage done. I started realizing that if I wanted to feel better I needed to do something different. Before my diet had consisted of quick college food, Dinty Moore beef stew, and spirals macaroni and cheese. Not that my mom hadn't raised me to eat healthy, but in college I went for mostly convenience.
I started researching and studying nutrition. I realized how powerful food can be to nourish the body and heal it. It opened up a whole new world for me. At about that point I saw a doctor who put me on a whole foods cleanse. The cleanse for pure necessity made me get really creative in the kitchen, ( I really wanted treats, and sugar was off limits) I started experimenting with different ingredients and natural sweeteners, and my love for cooking was born. I felt so good, I had forgotten that I could ever feel that good.
As part of the cleanse I was off of gluten for months, that is when I felt the best. When I went off of the cleanse I maintained a whole foods diet, but I put gluten back into my diet. After awhile I started having some of the bloating and pains in my stomach come back. I kept eating it for awhile but it just continued to get worse. I took it out of my diet again. I felt a big difference after a couple of weeks of not having it. Since then I have tried to maintain a gluten free diet, which has been a journey.
Looking back having gone through all of this, has been one of one of the greatest gifts that I have been given. I have learned how to nourish my family and myself, eating whole foods. I have had the opportunity to share my passion with others, by teaching cooking classes, doing contract work with recipe development, and even co authoring a cookbook with Green Smoothie Girl. It has been an incredible journey, and one that I would love to continue sharing with others.