I have ALWAYS loved to bake cookies. In fact, one of my earliest memories is getting my hair caught in the Kitchen Aid mixer while “helping” my mom whip up a batch. (OK – maybe not such a good memory, but I was EXCITED about making those cookies!). In any case, I spent lots of time with my mom in the kitchen as a kid as she taught me how to bake all of my grandma’s cookie recipes. Pretty soon I was baking them for my four brothers. I have always loved seeing the happy look on people’s faces when eating a cookie. After all – who doesn’t love a cookie?
As an adult I still loved to bake but also loved to EAT them. In order to keep my waistline in check, I tried not to bake. My husband was not “in” to cookies like I was – he’s so much more of a “salt guy.” So, I refrained from baking much. And, I realized that cookies hurt my tummy. It wasn’t really worth it to eat them – I would pay for it afterwards, although sometimes I gave in and then regretted it. I found quite a few other foods that got my digestive system all out of whack too, but you really don’t want to hear about all of that. So, after years of trying various medications, natural remedies and changing my diet, I turned vegan. My tummy is once again happy.
Going vegan opened up a whole new culinary experience for me – both with new foods to try and new ways to prepare them. Once I tried a few vegan baking recipes and realized that they didn’t hurt my tummy, I was ecstatic. The better part is that I was making vegan goodies for my kids (without telling them that they were vegan) and they love them! Their friends love them! Baking is fun again!
Now, I am taking my nutrition education to a new level. I am enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach. Over the course of the next year I will be learning about how food and lifestyle affect our health, happiness and well being. I’ll also be trained on how to counsel other people to improve their life and reach their health goals. Read more about my health coaching here.
Here’s to cookies and health!