At first, I didn’t think that Creative Health Institute could benefit someone like me. I’ve graduated culinary school, eaten healthy and stayed active most of my life, and don’t have any life threatening ailments. But then I decided to open up my eyes and mind and take a visit to check it out. I had a friend that was taking the internship program, and she wanted me to check it out because she thought it would be great for me. Once I visited the place, it didn’t take long for me to hear that voice within myself letting me know that Creative Health Institute was definitely along my path, and that I needed to go there right now. It also didn’t take long for Creative Health Institute to change my life for the better and really show me things from a new perspective.
Graduating culinary school taught me a lot about food in the cooked world; I really got into food science and more advanced skills towards the end of my degree. When I became an intern here and started working in the kitchen, I immediately began to translate the knowledge that I had learned in the cooked food world to the uncooked world, and applied the food science to everything like a chemistry experiment. The institute really allows you to be creative in the kitchen as an intern, and that’s where everything really came to life. When I started to crave different foods, like potato chips and snacks, I started coming up with recipes that would taste exactly like the food that I was craving. I wanted it to be a healthy snack and tasty; in comparison to the nutritionally bankrupt snacks that I was caving into before adopting the raw food lifestyle. I came up with kale chip flavors that tasted exactly like commercial potato chips, my favorite flavor that turned out was a sour cream and onion-they tasted exactly like the sour cream and onion potato chip I was craving! After playing with other kale chip flavors I then played around with unique flavors for sweet potato chips, and came up with an amazing onion crisp recipe. Before I knew it, I was coming up with all of these different flavor variations for snacks that satiated all my cravings for junk food, in a healthy tasty way.
My whole world became literally alive (lot’s of sprouts!) and my mind transformed. I had a blast experimenting with recipes in the kitchen trying to come up with a way to really capture the flavor and texture of cheeses; to try to take on the challenge to create something that would satiate my craving for bread, and the like. I came up with a falafel recipe that tasted so fresh and was out of this world. But most importantly, this really has been a journey. I really felt guided here, and then once I was here things started clicking: I was experimenting in the kitchen and having fun with food science while watching the dramatic bodily changes from within. Being out here in nature has been amazing and challenged my spiritual growth in positive ways. Originally, I didn’t think that Creative Health Institute could do so much for me, but the journey has been amazing, and I have only begun! I am really having fun playing with flavor ratios and creating solid recipes, you should check some of my recipes out and give them a try, and allow your taste buds to be excited with the fresh flavors. I can’t tell you how much fun it has been exploring the world of raw, and realizing how vast the creative horizons can really be.