Health Food Obsessed
It was early 2013 when I got the scare of a lifetime. What started as a bizarre dream one night while on vacation turned into a sharp pain, the discovery of a pea sized lump, a hurried doctor’s appointment and a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 42. Having lost both my parents not long before, and with two young children of my own, being paralyzed by the news was not an option.
After recovering from a double mastectomy, I was determined to do everything in my power to stack the odds in my favor. I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition course to gain more tools to help myself and have since committed to juicing vegetables, and created healthy recipes like a mad woman, crafting them with ingredients touted for their restorative properties. Kale, cabbage and turmeric root became staples in my kitchen.
Along the way, something happened, somehow I lost 24 pounds without even trying, even though I was eating satisfying meals in quantities that never made me feel deprived. Now I was eating more than ever before, loving what I was eating, and the excess weight was melting away. At the same time, I had plenty of energy, I slept well, and my skin glowed. I felt like I had discovered the fountain of youth.
I never dreamt that everything that mattered to me– food, friends, helping others, cooking, photography, technology, and health could come together as if by Kismet and become the next stage of my life, but it has. Here I am to share my recipes with you. It is truly my pleasure.