My Story Led Me To Create This Website
My story begins in Banff, Alberta, Canada where I was born into a large (6 children) family. My parents were very active and exposed us to many outdoor activities. I started getting interested in cooking when I was quite young. I just cooked the usual things like cookies, spaghetti, and easy meat dishes. I remember once when I was in my teens and I noticed that it was quarter to six and there was no dinner started (I still worry if no dinner is started by 5:00PM!). I called down to the local tennis club and got a hold of my Mom who was deep into a game of tennis. She told me, “Just throw those frozen fish sticks in the oven”. So, in our family sports were more important than food! This is why I have a whole section on Athletes. My Dad did have a few “Gourmet” dishes up his sleeve but mostly we ate like the typical Canadian of the 60’s and 70’s, Kraft dinner, canned fruit and vegetables, spaghetti, liver once a week (thankfully, I now know). Luckily my Dad was dead set against the latest diet advice of margarine and we always had butter.
I sort of put my love of food and cooking on hold for about 20 years when I moved to Hood River, Oregon and co-ran a windsurfing business, Windance, with my husband. We then had two children, Logan and Mackenzie, and I chose to stay home 5 to 6 days a week. This was a great opportunity to get back to cooking! I also believe that nourishing young children with home-cooked “real” food is one of the most important jobs of a parent.
When I was nearing my 40th Birthday, my health declined. As a child I had many dental fillings and wisdom tooth extractions. Starting when I was 17 and continuing up until I was 40 years old, I had problems with my digestion (gas, stomach aches, and diarrhea). I also had bleeding noses and it started to increase to the point where I had to always be near a huge box of Kleenex. I was now 30 pounds over-weight, tired, had trouble sleeping and sharp pains in my right side of my body. My heart started skipping and fluttering and after some testing, my Doctor said that I was at risk of having a stroke!
I worked with many great health professionals; Dentists (total dental revision and cavitation surgery), Acupuncturist, Western and Alternative Professionals. I then came across the book “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. This was the start of true recovery and the re-discovery of my love of cooking. After following the Dietary Guidelines of the Weston A. Price Foundation, my health improved. As a bonus, my families health improved also!
After seeing such amazing health results from our change of eating habits, I studied and became a Certified Nutritional Consultant and decided I wanted to spread the word to help other people get back their health. I have also been influenced with the connection between health and food because my Mom died of colon cancer at the young age of 51. I am now a Weston A. Price foundations Chapter Leader and offer cooking classes in Nelson BC Canada, where I now live.
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