1. life’s too short for boring food.
First things first. I love to eat. That’s why flavor is always my top priority. I stand for the liberal use of herbs, spices, salt, oil, and heat. I also like to feel satisfied, so most of my recipes are made up of a balanced mix of nutrients—I don’t hold back on carbs or fat.
Beyond that, my cooking approach is pretty intuitive. If my gut tells me it’s going to taste good, I toss it in the pot.
This way of cooking can be intimidating when you’re first getting started, so I share recipes to set a foundation and help you understand the basics. After trying a few of my dishes, I hope you’ll feel more confident about flexing your creativity muscle in the kitchen.
2. Cook more local, plant-based meals.
Local, plant-driven eating is good for both human health and environmental sustainability. Personally, I seek out locally-produced foods and eat lots of plants, but I don’t follow any sort of black-and-white diet.
While I fully support those who choose a vegan lifestyle, you don’t need to be 100% plant-based to feel great and make a positive impact.
Everything you eat doesn’t have to be healthy, either. Sometimes real life happens, and you need to make a food choice based on what’s convenient, appetizing, affordable, or accessible.
There’s no shame. There are no rules. It’s perfectly okay to live in the grey.
3. The mind-body connection is real.
It’s impossible to separate physical health from mental wellbeing, so if you’re following an eating plan that worsens your stress levels or quality of life, you’re doing it wrong.
The nice thing about the brain-and-body connection is that when you’re properly nourishing yourself, you can easily improve both at the same time.
Eating well isn’t just physically beneficial; it’s also one of the best ways to support a good mood. Getting enough sleep doesn’t just re-energize your mind; it also helps the rest of your body function properly, too.
4. Small changes make a big impact.
Using reusable produce bags or growing a pot of herbs on your windowsill may not feel like a groundbreaking move, but I argue otherwise. When you make these small changes over and over again, the effects add up. Show a few friends it’s possible, and your impact grows exponentially.
You don’t have to be perfect to help. You only need to take the next small step.
5. Food isn’t the enemy.
Diet culture wants you to believe calories are evil. It hopes to convince you that you won’t feel happy until you manipulate your body to fit its boring, one-size-fits-all standard.
Sorry to break it to you, but this is all a farce. Focusing on uncontrollable measurements (like weight or clothing size) almost never works.
Restricting, counting, tracking, and agonizing over your body size isn’t the answer. This is why you won’t find calorie counts or nutrition labels with any of my recipes.
I want you to feel calm, connected, and well-nourished at mealtimes. Your body’s natural intuition will take care of the rest.
6. Gratitude is everything.
As someone who likes to dream big, I know how easy it is to get caught up in what you don’t yet have.
Unfortunately, this mindset is nothing but a fast track toward discontent, and it doesn’t do anything positive for your health.
Gratitude is a simple tool that can help you flip the switch.
When you feel grateful for your body and what you do have, your mindset shifts from deprivation to nourishment. It’s practically automatic, and it’s one of the most important changes you can make for your personal health.
7. No judgments.
We’re all born with different privileges. We have unique backgrounds, ambitions, and life circumstances. Most of us are doing the best we can with what we’ve got. That alone deserves some love, compassion, and respect.
I share my perspective with an understanding that yours probably won’t be exactly the same. Either way, there’s zero judgy-ness from me.