Our third contest winner, Debbie Rosmarin, graduated from our Chef’s Training Program earlier this year. Debbie shares an insightful and empowering story about her newly-adopted health-supportive lifestyle.
I am a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef’s Training Program. The education I received has completely changed how I feel about food in relation to the earth, cooking, and overall health. I was never someone who noticed plants or liked to be outside, but getting on the path to eating natural foods made me feel more connected to the earth. I can go to the farmers market and really think about the path that the animal, vegetable, or grain came from before it got to my plate. When eating from a can or package, it is difficult to make a direct connection, making food seem so far removed from us.
This newfound adoration of nature has also influenced my life in other ways. My father is a dermatologist and I always feared the sun. Granted, I still don’t sunbathe and won’t be out for longer than a certain period of time without putting on sunscreen. However, I can appreciate the sun more, knowing that it provides me with Vitamin D and that it helps the plants on my windowsill grow. In general, being outside in the fresh air makes me feel more rejuvenated and happy.
This connection to the earth has also affected products I buy other than food. I try to buy clothing that is as natural as possible, too. I also think about the beauty products I use and the effect that an external lotion can have internally. The fake chocolatey smell of products previously bought from chain stores like Bath & Body Works pale in comparison to using pure cocoa butter. As Paulo Coelho said, “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”
The culinary aspect of Natural Gourmet changed how I feel about food. Cooking was a skill that I did not learn while growing up, but after Natural Gourmet, I find it extremely empower edtaking control of my own health and not feeling dependent on restaurants and prepackaged foods from the grocery store. Cooking with wholesome ingredients makes me feel like I am treating my body the best way I can and provides me a sense of peace and control in a chaotic world.
What I love most about my newfound knowledge is that it also helps me to nourish those I love. My husband suffered from Crohns Disease for many years and mainly ate a Standard American Diet. With my influence he now looks at ingredients as much as I do and always makes sure he has an abundance of vegetables with every meal. His stomach rarely bothers him, and he now prefers coffee without artificial sweeteners, grass-fed beef, fresh organic vegetables, and foods that are unprocessed. Seeing my husband’s health improve has made me feel humbled by the power of healing foods and in complete awe of the powerful effects it can have on one’s life.