If any one would have told me that I’d be educating others on the benefits of eating healthy twenty years ago, I would have laughed in their face.
Back then, my diet consisted of cereal, soda, fast food, donuts, hot dogs, Pop-Tarts®, and chocolate chip cookies. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with working parents who hopped on the processing food bandwagon like many others, I hadn’t given much thought as to what I ate or why I ate it. I ate because I was hungry or bored or simply because it was there.
By the time I was twenty-two, I began getting regular migraines and suffering from hay fever in a major way. During a regular visit to a Wendy’s franchise, it occurred to me, why are some older people so ill or unable to walk or breathe and others appear as if they are twenty years younger than their true age?
Given that my mother had been diagnosed with hypertension at the age of thirty and my father had discovered he had Stage 3 prostate cancer by the time he was forty-six years, the odds were against me. I asked myself, how do I want the rest of my life to play out? Because if I am not healthy, nothing else will matter.
In the following weeks, I began to think — just think — about eating better and exercising more but I had no clue about where to begin or what to do to change many of my poor lifestyle habits. Most of my free afternoons were spent in the library and I came across two books: one) by Dick Gregory titled, Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature! and the other) by Frances Moore Lappé titled, Diet for A Small Planet.
Fast forward to today, my new and improved relationship with food has lasted more than fifteen years. This is my longest committed relationship to date so I feel that it deserves some attention and gratitude. This web site and my yet-to-be published mini-graphic novel entitled, Why Did I Eat That? shares stories, recipes, and recommendations I’ve gathered from this magnificent courtship.
My ultimate goal in creating this work is to inspire others to practice the following:
1) eat more fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis
2) drink more water and less soda and “juice”
3) shop at farmer’s markets, food coops, and support local Community Support Agriculture (CSA)
4) pay close attention to how everything we eat has a direct impact on our overall health and well being
5) cook more often and share food with friends and family whenever possible
6) move, walk, run, skip, jump, dance, stretch at least 3x every week for the rest of your life
7) do your best to conserve, re-use, and re-cycle
It’s never too late to re-kindle your relationship with the 2 things that sustain us: food and water. By the way, I no longer suffer from allergies unless I eat too much cheese and wine (which sucks but now I know what triggers it); and I haven’t had a migraine in over ten years.
Feel free to reach out for support! That’s why I’m here :)
Have a lovely day!