Before I became a motivational speaker on healthy eating, I spent years in the beloved trenches of teaching healthy cooking classes. After tiring of schlepping pots and pans and sprouted foods to various cooking venues, I turned food consultant and meal planner. It was at this stage of the game that I became acutely aware of the number of clients who wanted to eat healthy but didn’t know how to cook. One mom made it very clear that she wanted her kids to eat healthy but she didn’t WANT to cook! Yikes! I had a vision of our kids’ future and it was very undernourished.
Enter Michael Pollen, a renowned author of "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and "Defense of Food", who hones in on what he believes is the single-most important step we can take to make our own personal health and that of the current food system healthier and more sustainable: Cooking at home. It's the key to changing our health and the environment. “Local food isn’t going to get big if people aren’t cooking. If you let corporations cook for you, they’re going to buy food from the biggest monocultures.” That means we will keep eating the excess sugars, fats and salts that they pump into their food-like products.
Hooray Michael! At it's most important core, cooking connects. Relying on corporations to feed us weakens our relationship with family and friends. I’m not saying we all have to run out and buy our own whole grain to grind into flour but I sincerely hope that everyone of our offspring learn some basic cooking skills from us to keep their health from falling into the hands of Monsanto and keep the lineage of fresh, local food preparation going.
- Find a nearby farmer's market
- Gather family and friends
- Chop, toss, eat and connect.
From your motivational speaker who has 2 large bunches of kale waiting.