I grew up on Okanagan Lake in BC way back when it was still safe to drink the lake water. I remember running free outside all day with my dog eating wild berries, and making dandelion and yarrow bouquets before I understood the magic of those plants.
We had a huge garden in our backyard, and one of my mom’s favourite memories is of us picking carrots, “One for me, one for the bucket, and one for the dog”
My Mom made everything from scratch, and preserved whatever she could collect from the garden to take us through the winter. This love of simple, delicious food, carried me through my teenage years and eventually inspired me to go into a Culinary Arts program.
Cut to my early 20’s when my Mom became very sick, and required a Liver transplant. Learning everything I could about her condition in an effort to help in any way, was the catalyst for a degree in Holistic Nutrition, and alternative modes of healing. The things I learned changed my life, and the way I look at food and plants.
I learned to use food as medicine and how to infuse the wholesome ingredients with love, and “good vibes”. I was naturally drawn to the energy that food can give us or take away from us. In the last several years, I have truly made the connection between what we put into our body and how that energy affects not only our physical health but our spirits and our souls too.
Some things don’t change though, I still share my carrots with my dog.