My love for food always brings me back to the garden. From a young age I can remember my family members in the garden, planting and harvesting vegetables and flowers, hanging with the insects, fruit trees and more.

Fast forward to college at Seattle Pacific University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition based on my passion for food. There I started to deeply notice how food and community intertwined and supported each other. How making meals fed a community - not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.

The Community Kitchen I was a part of in college really demonstrated this to me. Serving a community that might not otherwise have easy access to fresh and nutrient rich ingredients mattered a lot to me. Gathering together to prepare a meal that as a group we would all share at the end was simple yet profound. It connected people whose paths may never have crossed otherwise. It was a gift for everyone.

I believe that all people are meant to enjoy healthy and nourishing foods. As we continue to see ingredients we can’t pronounce in the foods we find on the shelves of our local grocery stores, we are all getting further and further away from what food truly has to offer. Food offers us life, connection, beauty and fun!

The yearning I feel to know what is in my food fuels my desire to make food from scratch. The whole process from garden to table is something I delight in serving to others.

It is a joy for me to talk with others about what is in their food and to walk with them towards a more intuitive eating approach rather than a restrictive one.

There is nothing I love more than experimenting with food and then getting to share about it.

I love the question, “What makes your body feel good?”

Coming from this place of appreciation and celebration allows us to listen to our bodies and trust them which in turn brings the colors on our plate to life!