Whole foods, unprocessed
There is nothing more nourishing than whole food; food that is as close to its natural form as possible. This is the food that is packed with nutrients and healing powers. I see consumption of processed food no different than eating ground furniture; it has lost its mojo to do anything for us. Let your meat be the source of healthy fats that will make you feel satisfied, metabolize the vitamins and power your muscles and brain. Let your vegetables cleanse and nourish you with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Let your grains, even though not suited for all, be the source of comfort, vitamins and minerals.
Indulge and experiment with raw food, cooked food, fermented food – just eat whole food.
Just as a fingerprint, each person is unique and has his or her own nutritional needs. So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it is a massive generalization. One person’s food is another person’s poison. I do not support any one type of a diet as each person has unique needs; there are unhealthy vegans as there are unhealthy raw-food fans who deny themselves animal fats which they sometimes need. I look at your age, health, activity level, blood type, metabolic type and personal preferences to determine your dietary needs.
I practice a holistic approach to health and nutrition, which means that I look at the whole being and how each part affects the whole. This means how food, career, sports, relationships and spirituality impact your overall wellness. Like a finely tuned machine, every part of the human body needs to work as one.
You know how irritating it is when you get a shopping cart that has a bad wheel. It vibrates and affects the entire cart. This is what happens to the human body when it faces too much stress, receives poor nutrition and doesn’t get enough sleep or exercise. As we work together, we look at how all parts of your life affect the whole.
As much as balance to me means eating organic, sustainable, local food, I meet you where you are and what is important to you. Let there be burgers and fries as long as together we make an effort of making it grass-fed beef, sweet potato chips made with good quality oil. Let there be a balance with raw and cooked food. Let there be balance of making most meals at home; no matter how simple and quick; let your cooking be your act of self-nourishment and self-love.
The reason why I chose to work and live in Park Slope, Brooklyn is mainly because of the iconic Park Slope Food Coop which feeds us with the best locally grown food in the state of New York. I am proud to be the co-owner of this institution that gives us access to grass-fed meat and dairy, local artisan food crafters, local organic fruit and vegetables, toxin-free household items and a strong sense of community.