My name is Rachel. I am a mom, a wife, a sister, and a daughter. I transplanted to Georgia in 2006 from California. I am a city girl living in the country, and still learning along the way. I have 2 happy and energetic young boys that keep my life very interesting. I live in the woods with chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, 2 cats and 2 dogs. My life is never dull. I am a yoga teacher, writer, health coach in training, and lover of food. My passion for food started when I was young. I loved finding recipes to cook after school. Food was a huge part of my growing up in the northeast, primarily Philadelphia and Cherry Hill,NJ. Food was always part of life, it was what brought families together. When my oldest son Blaise was born in 2007 he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome. The most notable symptom of his syndrome is lack of satiety. My son is always hungry. Not your typical hunger. It is a physiological drive to eat. So strong that my son could potentially take his own life by over eating. What that means for us is that all the food in our house is under lock and key. My son’s brain sends a signal for him to eat all day every day. This combined with a metabolism that is virtually non existent meant our relationship with food would drastically change. No more italian dinners with bread and pasta, no more ice cream any day of the week. For the first two years of his diagnosis I hated food and felt that my love of food would never return. Slowly it did and I got back to my roots. I was raised with a very health conscious mom and older sister. I was lucky to have so much knowledge under my belt. I started creating new recipes, creating new ways of eating. I don’t believe in cooking different food for everybody in the family at meal time. I believe you all eat together the same food. Yes, you can make subtle changes to suit the needs of your loved ones, but creating real food that is loved by all, now that is the fun part. Can you still have all the great food, sure you can, you just need to get creative. You can have it all. Great food, full of nutrients, and totally fulfilling. We live in tough economic times right now. Learning how to eat healthy while on a budget is something that I want to share with all of you. Many of us don’t live near a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe’s, but many of the local markets are carrying more and more healthy options. We need to explore the stuff around us, like Farmer’s Markets and Co-op’s. Hey, let’s get out there and start growing our own food again. There is so much you can do, even if you live in a small apartment or your house has a tiny backyard. You can grow your own herbs in your kitchen, you can put a tomato plant on your balcony, and a small lettuce box can fit even the smallest of yards.
Food is so much more than the substance that we put on the fork and place in our mouths. There is the other food in your life, the spiritual food, the relationship food, the career food, the self-love food. What we do throughout our day is just as crucial as the food we put in our mouths. What kind of relationships do we have in our lives? Do we move our bodies? Do we have a spiritual practice that helps us weather the storm? Most importantly what is the relationship we have with ourselves? We feed ourselves with the plate and with the details in our lives. I love it all. I want to share with you all the things that feed us. I want to share with you my love of all things that nurture us.