In my family, food has always been a prime form of entertainment. My mom prepares gourmet feasts for family occasions; my dad treats us to exquisite 3 hour long restaurant meals. My aunt’s desserts have a place of fame, and I experiment in my kitchen on a nightly basis. Obviously, I’ve been raised to believe that food is one of the great pleasures in life.
Nonetheless, as a kid I was more than a little picky, and when I left for college, I ate exactly zero fruits and three vegetables. Suddenly though, I found myself in the foodie capital of the world, and I soon became a more adventurous eater than most people I knew. Good food became important, but at the same time, health was furthest from my mind.
Since graduating, I have slowly but surely transformed my life and outlook on nutrition. Though my relationship to food and fitness has been rocky at times, I have finally found myself in a place where I treasure my food-loving upbringing. I will always enjoy being “adventurous,” and if a food is new to me, I will undoubtedly try it.
So what is the whole plate? For me, it means enjoying foods that are as whole and natural as possible – fresh, unrefined, chemical-free. It also means balance – I love in season produce, but I also love chocolate, coffee, and wine. And it means maintaining a healthy view of myself, in both mind and body. I like my plate to be full, but never perfect. That philosophy has helped me live more happily than ever before.
I hope to share some of the passion and inspiration whole foods and a healthy lifestyle have brought to me. Thanks for reading!