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Student + Research Geek

After deciding to launch Cookhouse Hero, I embraced the benefit of getting an academic stamp of approval, which would then serve as a public proclamation connected to the food knowledge that I've already accumulated over the decades. Being a fan of Dr T Colin Campbell, plant-based pioneer and co-author of The China Study (2004), I chose the Food and Sustainability Certificate and the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate programs at the Center for Nutrition Studies via eCornell University. This prestigious center was founded by Dr Campbell and has greatly contributed to challenging our collective health paradigms and policies. I'm also a Food Over Medicine Certified Instructor via Wellness Forum Health, founded by Dr Pam Popper. WFH is a full-service clinic focused on plant-powered health, which offers cost-effective monthly memberships and numerous opportunities for further education. Currently, I'm working on a two-year program via the Institute for Writers, focused on children's literature for both the fiction and non-fiction markets.

I'm a voracious learner and researcher. I studied languages and theater arts at Humboldt State University in the Northern California redwoods for three years and then realized I was not a fan of learning via conventional academics. The irony? I became an adjunct professor in the Japanese and German university systems for 11 years. In retrospect, I should have gone to culinary school, but I grew up in a middle-class environment that fed us college as the only choice after high school (I'm glad that's changing in the US). Research comes naturally to my organized German brain, although I tend to get "memory-stuck" on scientific jargon which can be frustrating. What's more, I know I'm not alone in this. 


My intention is to make this information accessible and digestible for people from ALL cultures, backgrounds, and generations. Eat up... it's calorie free!


For decades, I've been reading oodles of books, articles, research studies, websites, and blogs to gain insight into nutrition and health. Documentaries and YouTube videos about whole plants, animals, food systems, farming, ranching, and the environment (which are slowly becoming mainstream) have also played a significant role in my education. When I was a teenager, the first book I read about nutrition was The Save Your Life Diet by Dr David Reuben (1976). It showed how eating an abundance of high-fiber plants contributed to low rates of some cancers, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses in developing countries. This concept is well-known today, but at the time, a new era was born with a rather revolutionary take on the relationship between food and illness. After reading this ground-breaking book, my family tossed out the junk food in our kitchen. I also spent more time in our backyard food garden... and thus my journey began.

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