Happy New Year!
I recently completed an intensive 14-week Culinary Nutrition Certification program (I will be sharing much more about this in the upcoming weeks!). The first assignment we were given was to write out our food philosophy (mine is below). This is your view on food choices and how they relate to overall health and well-being. One of the most quoted and well-know food philosophies is the opening line of In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan — “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” It is hard to top that one!
Over the past year, I have shared much of my food philosophy with you. My mantras to all of you have been “cooking automatically makes you healthier” and “a healthy lifestyle begins in the kitchen“. These beliefs are what Mrs. Dornberg’s is all about and are what guides and determines what we offer. It is my 2019 goal to get you in the kitchen and cook more because I believe it will make you healthier and happier. I am here to teach you skills and techniques, provide inspiration and empower you to prepare fresh, nutritious food from real, whole ingredients. Together, let’s make 2019 the healthiest ever!!
See you in the kitchen!
Eat well. Be well.
I believe that we control our own health, life and destiny. Every choice we make affects how we feel and the quality of our health and life. One, if not the most, important choice we face daily is that of the foods we consume. Food is our fuel, without it we cannot survive.
Our food choices should nurture and sustain us while respecting and celebrating the land we live on. We should:
- Choose food as close to its natural state as possible
- Focus on nutritional, rather than caloric value, of food
- Allow food processing to be performed in the body, not in or by a machine
- Select food sourcing that sustains and supports our planet and environment
No food is good or bad, it is the preparation and consumption that determines if food has a positive or negative effect on our bodies and well-being. We MUST listen to OUR body and how WE feel. Our body will tell us what and how much we need of everything. We must take the time to listen and understand.
The path to vibrant health is an ongoing journey of learning and action. It is a series of small steps rather than a huge leap. Every day we should strive to be a little better than the day before. We must remain curious and constantly ask “why” when confronted with new ideas, thoughts and recommendations, accepting only answers based on objective sources.
Learning and knowledge must be followed up with action or doing. The kitchen becomes our hands-on classroom. Food should be prepared by us, in our own kitchen. Cooking automatically makes us healthier, and every meal that you prepare yourself from fresh, whole ingredients is a step towards a vibrant, energy filled life. A healthy lifestyle begins in the kitchen.
Cheryl Dornberg is the founder, CEO and operator of Mrs. Dornberg’s Culinary Experience in Highland, IN. She believes that a healthy lifestyle begins in the kitchen, and every meal that you prepare yourself from fresh, whole ingredients is a step towards a vibrant, energy filled life. Learn More.