What is “Cooking My Way Home”?
I had written a cookbook before I started this food and lifestyle blog and I am extremely excited about its upcoming release date. I am working hard on getting this book out to you! Cooking My Way Home (click here to read more about it) was born a couple of years ago from the desire to write down favorite recipes that I enjoyed growing up and still enjoy today on occasion. I was afraid that some of these favorites might get lost due to our family’s history of migrations. But this personal project became a journey of dedication, change, continuously learning and my sudden desire to give this unique collection to other readers. The family recipes are separate from the ones featured in this community, which will document new fresh recipes that you can enjoy at home. I learned a lot about myself, about patience and the whole publishing process. I will be sharing that journey with you in upcoming posts (Cookbook Journey) in case you feel inspired to write your cookbook!
Why did you create this community?
I have been raised by a family that is extremely passionate about food. We still often connect around a cozy kitchen table preparing something delicious. My love for cooking, grocery shopping, and entertaining indeed comes from my upbringing. I am one of those people that enjoy making food for family and friends. I even love it more when they can keep me company and chat away while I spoil them with an appetizer. Despite this great love for food, I did not always have a great relationship with it. Although we ate healthy and balanced meals, with the occasional treat, I often struggled with feeling good about myself. I did not always connect the dots between what I ate and the reactions I was having. It took me a while, but through my passion for living healthy and the desire to feel strong, I learned a lot about nutrition and what works for my body. I also learned that one balanced diet does not fit all. We are all unique and go through different life experiences. Where you live, the climate, the diet you and your ancestors grew up with, the food you have access to, your sensitivity to stress, the changes to your body after giving birth, etc., all play, in my opinion, a role to what your body needs to stay healthy. Little did I know that certain food groups made me sick, bloated, tired, itchy and even made me lose my hair. My body is very sensitive and can react almost immediately to what I eat, smell or breath. What I once thought was a curse, I now see as a blessing. Learning to listen to my body allowed me to grow stronger and healthier. I want to be around for the people I love and care for as long as possible and that can’t happen without taking care of myself and nourishing my body with the right foods. Writing Cooking My Way Home was a journey of embracing my family’s traditions, but also about letting go and adopting new ones as my body has changed, and I now live in a different environment. With this platform, I want to continue this journey and share with you the recipes I love making for my family and the healthy habits I incorporate into our daily lives.
Do you currently follow a particular diet?
I follow what I call my “good feel” diet. I try to eat what makes me feel good and energetic during the day. I genuinely love fruits and vegetables. It was an integral part of my diet growing up and still is. A lot of smoothies and plant-based recipes are my daily source of energy. Occasionally (probably more like twice a week), I eat a fish or meat dish. I have noticed that I eat less of animal proteins in the summer than in the cold winter months. Overall, I use real whole food ingredients and love to cook with olive (or coconut) oil. A couple of years ago, after the birth of my daughter, and with the help of my doctor, I noticed that my body can not handle grains anymore (I have an allergic reaction to it). At first, it was hard, because I did grow up with the occasional pasta dish at home. Today I eat almost entirely grain-free, but occasionally cook pasta or rice dishes for my family (who don’t have the same issues). I love to indulge in dark chocolate, dates, a black cup of coffee and my version of bullet proof yerba matte. My favorite fruit is watermelon and was my biggest craving while I was pregnant.
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