My friend Robin was one of the first people to inspire me to eat whole foods. I remember visiting her one day and she showed me how she made her own whole grain flour with a grain mill. I was amazed. I had never seen grains of whole wheat before! I was inspired. Another way she inspired me (she probably doesn’t even know this!) is she told me one day, “I need to spend some time in the kitchen.” I didn’t really know exactly what she meant. Did she mean she needed to clean up the dishes? Or make lunch? Or what? Over the years as I learned, and now that I have a primarily plant-based whole foods focus, I know exactly what she meant. She meant she needed to spend time planning, organizing, washing, chopping and milling, and doing the prep work required to eat this way. Healthy eating is a lifestyle, and it requires planning and work, just like any other part of your life.
Thanks, Robin, for the seed of inspiration you planted in me years ago. You and other whole foods ladies have helped start me on this journey to healthy eating, and to know “I need to spend some time in the kitchen.”