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My name is Janie. Since I was a kid I’ve been passionate about food and its place in our world and in our bodies. My exploration of food began when, as an animal lover, I was vegetarian or vegan for many years. One bonus side effect of this was my learning to cook, and realizing that it’s something I love to do. My main motivation in being vegetarian was to protect our fellow creatures, but in addition to that, what I was eating seemed to be quite healthy for me. Fake meat, margarine, enriched soymilk… even chocolate chip cookies took on an aura of health when they were vegan…
Gradually, I realized that things were not as straightforward as they seemed. Here and there I would come across contradictions and disillusionment. I realized that much of the food I was eating, even the supposedly “healthy” stuff, was highly processed and lacking in nutrients. Industrially processed corn, soybeans, and wheat were in practically everything I ate. I began to question recommendations that we avoid cholesterol and fat, and that we turn to hydrogenated oil and vegetable oil as healthy options. As I tumbled down the rabbit hole of nutrition I began to understand that many of our ideas about food aren’t justified by science, and, even worse, are influenced by corporate, government, and special interests which don’t have our best health at heart.
Despite the fact that every cell in our bodies is built and nourished by the foods we eat, our medical system focuses on pharmaceuticals, not foods. Yet, it is becoming increasingly clear that countless diseases (not only diabetes and heart disease, but everything from cancer, to Alzheimer’s, to arthritis, to psychiatric disorders) are intrinsically connected to the foods we eat. These diseases are often considered an unavoidable fact of life. However, they’re rarely if ever seen in societies eating traditional, whole diets, and changes to diet can often have a tremendous positive impact, even greater than drug treatments.
All of this has led me to a mission: to learn everything I can about nutrition and then use that knowledge to help people achieve the health that should be accessible to everyone. To that end, I’m going to school to study nutrition and become a dietitian. In the meantime, I hope you’ll follow along in my explorations of food. I’ll strive to present scientifically sound, current nutrition information that is also grounded in respect for the ways people have successfully nourished themselves for generations. I’ll also share what I’ve been cooking up in the kitchen!
To your health!