Welcome to Good Food UnEarthed: Food for the Mind and Body, certified Whole Food Plant-Based via WFPB.Org.
Good Food UnEarthed began as a simple wish to share my knowledge gained from working alongside some of the most amazing people in kitchens around the world. The first blog began in 2014, and has developed, and will continue to develop, as there seems to be an endless amount to learn about nutrition and well-being.
Good Food UnEarthed is heavily based on studies focusing on whole, plant-based foods, since that is where my personal discoveries and practices have led me.
Accredited Courses Completed:
Dietary Therapy provided by Dr. John McDougall
The Starch Solution Certification Course provided by Dr. John McDougal
How Not to Die, certificate by NutritionCME.org
Nutrition Essentials: What Every Clinician Needs to Know, certificcate by NutritionCME.org
Resetting Your Clock with Nutrition, certificate by NutritionCME.org
The Vegan Advantage for Athletes, certificate by NutritionCME.org
Understanding Metabolic Adaptation to Changes in Dietary Patterns in Humans, certificate by NutritionCME.org.
However, I would like to emphasize that the most important factor to gaining health and well-being is first this: Learning to listen to your own inner voice, and to be gentle and love yourself as you are, right now in this very moment.
If you do find inspiration from the resources I have shared, then the blog has been successful!
May this website and the resources shared be of benefit to all those who come across it.
I was born and raised in Chicago, and grew up eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), as it is now called. It was food, meant to be nourishing, for growth and development, and it was what my family could afford. I loved eating, too. Yet, I noticed some disparities that led me to look into food: taking apart the complex foods around me and discovering their origins, how they work in our bodies, how they interact with other foods, etc.
My joy in making and sharing food hinged on an important principle (for me): I wanted the food to be nourishing. I didn't want people to eat food they found delicious initially, but felt guilty about afterwards, and heavy and tired.
I had a strong feeling that a vegetarian diet was best for me, but it took me until I was 16 to make the change. It was gradual, and happened over the course of a year. The biggest step was the initial commitment: I had to make the change and live my life. No one else would do it for me. It wasn't the easiest road for me, but my mistakes pushed me to learn more, and to share what I have learned to help make the transition better for others.
I studied baking and pastry, and worked in kitchens in the States, Ireland, India, New Zealand, and Canada. I traveled and learned more about local foods and practices in Greece, Italy and Spain. I learned about foraging, organic farming, soil compositions, permaculture, homeopathy, herbal remedies, a yogic diet, Chinese nutritional medicine, proper food preparation and combinations for better digestion, ailments which could be cured or treated with nutrition, etc. I give thanks here, too, to my A.P. Biology teacher, whose classes helped me to make connections with food and the functions of the human body. I have also studied neurobiology and anatomy, and continue studies in these and other areas.
I have also learned and practice different methods for opening up the energy in the body: yoga (especially yin yoga), Tai Chi Qi Gong, and breathing practices. The key principle is not to know and do many postures, but to do the ones you know well, moving along with the breath, and following that movement with an internal focus, allowing you to learn about and get to know your body.
Based on what I have learned with Life as my teacher, it would appear that everything is connected, and that holistic healing is the best approach to healing. No one is simply this or that. We are each a unique amalgamation.
I would also say that, for as much as I have learned, there is always more to learn, and nothing is ever set in stone.
Trust in the one true guide: your inner voice. Trust in yourself. No matter what knowledge can be gained from without, it is the innate wisdom one has that holds the keys to a life of health and well-being.
I wouldn't be where I am today if other people hadn't shared their own stories and information they had learned in life. I thank everyone I have ever met, and I hope that what I share can help to pass on the generosity of all of those who have helped me.
I would also like to thank my parents and my siblings, all of whom are always a part of who I am, and never absent from me. My parents are two of the most loving, nurturing and selfless individuals I know. They have given me strength and confidence to live, love, and learn; and to get back up when knocked down. And my siblings, who are all unique, all strong and opinionated, and all loving. We definitely had conflicts, and for all of those conflicts, I am grateful.
I would also like to especially thank some people who have been a constant support, and whose lives continue to inspire me: Khanh Than, for our correspondences, gifting us with free, open, non-judgmental space to share and to grow; Lucy Newman, your beautiful spirit, quirkiness, laughter, socks and sandals, and love of tea, and willingness to listen and genuine honesty always inspire me; Ruth Mullan, your strength, forthrightness, and care for others in the world is amazing; Marek, (I am sorry, I don't want to spell your last name wrong, so I am omitting it), your creativity, talent, vibrancy in life in general, depth of character, and sense of humour, and your easy embrace of people makes you beautiful; Eamonn Reddington, for listening to me and having conversations and walks with me, for being humble, for being my mentor in the kitchen and outside (unwittingly, perhaps); Jeet, who adopted me as a daughter, introduced me to his family, taught me how to make Indian food and proper chai. There are many others, and I thank you all sincerely. Sammy, Sorcha, Jeno, Ashiv, Anne and Jim, Adriana and your family, Torsten and Nina, Nyima-la, Tashi and the JJI Brothers and Dawa, Geshe Sonam Rinchen and Nyima-la. I am sorry if I didn't mention someone. Names are slipping from me now, but their faces remain. Thank you.