I created Cook Love Heal after 10 years of cooking for clients, teaching hundreds of culinary students, and working on my own personal healing. I wanted to share my experience using healing, natural foods and simple but profound daily practices to bring life into balance.
Over the years, I have come to understand that no one diet fits all, and that no diet fits anyone for all time. Paying attention to the signals your body gives you, and make adjustments as you go is the key. You can expect your diet to change over time, as you learn, get older, take on new challenges, and reach new health goals.
Now I eat for health and vitality, and what brings balance to my life. It can be confusing to figure this out, due to all the conflicting information out there. I usually find restrictive diets to be more harmful than helpful, and recommend a slow and steady transition to whole foods based eating to bring vital nutrients to your body. Eating in a way that is both cleansing and nourishing is a good goal— this way you feel satisfied by your meals, but you are eating in a way that does not bring stress to your body. This is one of the main principles I apply to my cuisine.
So many people are suffering from mystery illnesses, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, infertility, and thyroid issues, as well as more traditional ailments such as diabetes, digestive issues, and heart disease. I can definitely relate.
Let’s face it; we are bombarded in our environment by radiation (cell phones, Wifi, EMFs), viruses (Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease, and others), toxins (heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides), and pollution affecting our land, air, and water (which winds up in the food supply), not to mention chemicalized, processed foods.
How can our bodies stand a chance against all of this? I believe it is fundamental to eat well, in order to nourish our bodies and boost the immune system, and also continually cleanse from environmental toxins. This is what led me to learn how to cook healing foods for myself, and ultimately to share my knowledge with people dealing with the same issues as me.
In my attempts to heal from leaky gut, IBS, heavy metal toxicity, and thyroid issues, I have tried versions of raw, vegan, macrobiotic, and paleo diets. Frankly, I didn’t even know what was wrong at the beginning, I just knew I was very sick. I desperately wanted to find to the root cause of my illness so I wouldn’t have to continue taking medications or have surgeries to cover up symptoms for the rest of my life.
Over time, I learned what works for me and what doesn’t work in a diet. Some people can literally eat anything and feel great (at least for a time!). I have to be more careful about what I eat in order to stay healthy, but it is well worth it. I’m here to help you navigate the confusing world of food and healing through my online course Cook Naturally Without A Recipe, my weekly subscription service (coming April 2020!), and in-person classes and lessons (when that becomes possible again).
I wish you the best of luck on your journey to build a solid foundation for your health with healing foods and lifestyle choices.
Now that we are all stuck at home I am creating more ways to help you connect to the community through healthy and delicious food. Every Wednesday at noon I am doing a Facebook Live show featuring cooking demos, tips and guest chefs from around the country. You can find that on my personal facebook page facebook.com/rachel.zierzow
I also just started a low-cost subscription called Cooking Together to help people stay healthy while we all work to get through these challenging times. One of the most important things to me is community, so more than ever I want to focus on the community side of Cook Love Heal. Find out more about it here.
Just like before this started, when you join the Cook Love Heal Community I’ll send you my Natural Health Starter Kit for free, along with regular recipes & tips every week.
We’re all in this together. Let’s help each other build a better future