Growing up in South America and Europe I was exposed to a vast array of food culture, wholesome and full of flavor. My mother taught me how to cook when I was a young teenager and always stressed the importance of cooking with love and with respect for the ingredients you cook with.
I moved to the United States eight years ago and at first I was fascinated by all the “quick fixes” and “fast” food available in supermarkets and all around me. It’s hard not to get sucked into it at first but then I opened my eyes and realized that it was the opposite of what my mother had taught me through the years.
For too long now I have witnessed the decline of food culture in America due to factory farming and highly processed food and their effect on peoples health. I’ve never wanted to take the easy way out and preferred to cook my meals from scratch, I find it so pleasurable to pick my ingredients, know where they come from, and watch them become a delicious and wholesome meal.
Now that I am a mother this is even more important for me. The statistics on childhood obesity as well as sugar and energy drink-addicted youth scare me. I keep reading about the disgusting ways that many products that on our supermarket shelves are made. I see how terribly unhealthy meals are in public schools. I have had enough of just reading and watching in disgust. So I decided to finally do something about it and that is how The Wholesome Epicure was born. This is my attempt to educate people about: the importance of organic, sustainable food, the importance of knowing where your food comes from and the pleasure of making and eating meals made from scratch. There are no valid excuses for not eating healthy. You do not have to be Julia Child to cook great meals. You do not have to be rich to eat a real tomato grown by a local farmer rather than eating tomatoes from a jar, full of high-fructose corn syrup and sodium.
It’s time people start taking action, and taking responsibility for their bodies, even if it’s one small step at a time.