My sister and I grew up with wild and wonderful parents, both airline crew and relentless adventurers. We lived and travelled all over the world, and tucked into any and all foods put in front of us. We were omnivores with a dilemma before Michael Pollan made that fashionable.
Until I hit my teens, when I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus. That was the impetus to a revolution of my diet. A naturopath suggested I forget gluten, dairy and meat, and embrace a diet high in plant-based foods and fish. Almost overnight, I felt better. It turned out I was gluten and dairy intolerant. This was my own awakening to food as medicine, and the miracle was not lost on me.
I developed a keen interest in health and nutrition. I studied nutritional science, and began taking cooking classes to develop my culinary skills and knowledge. Only in my early twenties did I truly become inspired by the power of whole foods. My friend, Toni Hudson from Kerekt Living had been married to Dirk Benedict who had cured himself of life-threatening prostate cancer by following a macrobiotic diet. His book, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy changed the course of my life.