Hi, I’m Brenda, I live in San Diego where I attend the University of California San Diego and study sociology. But what does that have to do with food, right?
Well, a lot.
Let’s begin with the food part. In 2009 I began on a journey to reclaim my health. Tipping the scale at almost 280lbs, I had no clue how to begin addressing the never ending list of health problems. I knew I had to change what I ate, and I knew I had to start moving. Fortunately and unfortunately, we live in a world where there is consistently new information on how to go about this. After years of struggling with yo yo dieting, extreme low calorie diets, over exercising and so much confusion about food, I found the answer. There is no one size fits all plan to health. We are all so different, not just in our genetics, but in our backgrounds.
After losing and maintaining a weight loss of 120 pounds (if you’d like to read more about my weight loss click here), naturally, I began to observe all of the social structures that helped me get to where I am today. Is this all sounding too sociology? Okay, let me put it this way. For me to maintain a healthy lifestyle I not only have to have the willpower, determination and knowledge, but I also have to have the money and the community. I can have those first three things, but let’s face it, without money and the support/influence of others, I may not get very far.
More on that later.
I originally started this blog as a way to share recipes and tips on how I maintain my health, as many out there are always asking how I do it. And to be honest, it was also a result of some heavy procrastination during the school quarter. But as I went along I realized my true passion was not just the cooking aspect, but the interesting politics that revolve around food. Who gets to eat organic? Who can afford sustainable practices? If I can’t afford kombucha does that mean I can’t have a healthy gut? I began to wonder how I could bring together what I study and what I do for fun at home.
Well, here we are.
Although I still plan on sharing what I’m up to in the kitchen, because who doesn’t love a donut recipe? I would also like to explore how food plays such an important role in our lives, beyond our kitchens. Too often we overlook how something that seems so simple and innocent, like food, can actually be quite controversial. I hope that this will also help some folks realize that some of the struggles you face are not only your own struggles, but all of ours.
Okay, now some fun facts…
- I have two cats and a bird… and hopefully a dog soon.
- In 2013 I completed a yoga teacher training program (RYT 200).
- I own an absurd amount of books, despite not having the time to read them or the space to keep them.
- I’m an introvert, although most people find this hard to believe.
- I was born and raised in Los Angeles (a true Angeleno at heart).
- Although a city girl, my dream is to eventually own a homestead where I can grow my own food and raise goats and chickens.
Finally, if you have any questions or just feel like chatting, feel free to send me an email. Or if you’re on instagram, follow me on there, it’s also where I share a lot of what I’m eating… if you’re into that.