My name is Rachel, and I have autoimmune issues and other chronic illnesses that effect my health. I had to give up on foods I loved and change my relationship with food and ingredients. As a child, I had a dream of becoming a chef, and felt defeated with the dietary changes. Early on I had to “battle the blues” not knowing the issues with my gut was one of the reasons causing me to be depressed. Through the years I’ve had setbacks but gained so much knowledge and the joy of creating, cooking, and eating again.
Growing up in the suburbs of Philly, I was exposed to many ethnically diverse food cultures outside of my own. By going to my friends’ homes, I got to watch their families cook and eat so many kinds of foods, my dream of becoming a chef was born. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nutritionist, and I’m not a professional chef. Who I am is a person that was searching to cure my mind, body, and spirit with each plate of food I eat. I worked 20+ years within the autism community, specifically with children as a behaviorist, and I always stressed the importance of the Autism Diet, as food affected their mood and behavior greatly. This led me to look deeply into my own food intake, and how it affected me, and this in turn led to my celiac diagnosis.
I want to share what I have learned and continue to learn with others who feel stuck, uninspired, overwhelmed, or just want to eat more nourishing foods.