What made you want to become a Facilitator?
Being raised in a family of Seventh Day Adventists and by a nurse and a doctor, I was taught from early on the importance of food and health. My mom, who is 90, is a fantabulous cook! I grew up with her giving healthy cooking classes and she used to say “a lot of people are digging their graves with their forks.
I first took The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® class (as a participant) at Dove Springs Recreation Center. I was so impressed with the information and how accessible it was. It was so practical. And I liked the fact that the participants got the grocery bags to go home and practice the recipe at home—that’s amazing! I feel that the Program reaches people that might not have this information, but who need it. I also like that the classes are made up of “real people,” not just professional culinary artists. Everyone has real life experiences, which is important.
Growing up did you ever “rebel” against this healthy lifestyle?
As a child, I got very stick one time. My mom told me I was sick because I wasn’t eating my vegetables. I associated that feeling of sickness with not eating my vegetables and ever since then, haven’t stopped eating them. I rarely get sick. I didn’t have my first Sprite until I was 14!
How has Facilitating affected your own life in terms of healthy eating?
Although I grew up eating healthy and knowing its benefits, I think the culinary skills skipped a generation. Combining food in a way that will be tasty, the art of cooking, that is hard for me. I cannot cook like my mom. I will make dishes for my family that my mom makes and my kids like her version way better! Every time I lead a class as a Facilitator with The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®, I learn something new. Facilitating challenges me.