Welcome to the Journey!

I grew up living close to the earth. As a child I ran barefoot on horse trails through the Sonoran desert. I drank in the smell of the creosote after the rain. My cousins and I made forts among the mesquite and Palo verde trees. I swam in the creek after the thunderstorms. I foraged for broken native pottery. We ate the stickery prickly pear fruits. 

I was lucky in this respect! In some other ways I was not so fortunate. I was raised without true knowledge of my native roots. This is true of both sides of my family. I was an ironic brown child , living in the southwest, surrounded by white people. Here I was, living at the crossroads of Mexico and the US, and I had no real inkling of the native blood I had that linked me indefinitely to both countries. The history of my peoples was hidden from me and remains hidden, for the most part, even still today. 

I was also raised eating animals. Sounds normal enough... but when your family gets sick, someone is hospitalized or someone else dies early of disease you start searching for answers. The link I found seemed to be poor diet that was founded in animal consumption. I watched Forks Over Knives and discovered the China study, which is the most comprehensive study on lifestyle and disease ever done. This study seemed to show that my assessment was right: an apple a day (not a steak) was the key to keeping the doctor away. 

This led to a new era in my life where I turned to plants to sustain my vitality! I was uncertain that I could be vegan. I thought it would be monotonous. Nothing could be further from the truth! I have been able to find amazing, like-minded people who constantly amaze me with imaginative dishes sure to satisfy the biggest critics. I have surprised myself with my culinary creativity, as wel! I want to share that creativity with you! 

I want you to know my personal food journey and then go (re)discover your own. I want you to be inspired to health and staying the course! I am excited to shed light on a growing community of healthy activists that act like an extended family and support group. Much of what I have to share will be tied to my background in southwestern cooking and also in my ongoing search into my native roots. Thanks for reading! Please enjoy!