I have always been what the French call “gourmande”. Fortunately for me, we have to eat every day, multiple times a day, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. I try to maximize those moments and get as close as possible to making every bite count.
From my upbringing in Turkey and many years in the US to my current home that is Paris, France, my passion for food and food culture have been what tie it all together. In addition to this gourmet side, I have become more and more mindful of eating well and its repercussions on health and well-being since my pregnancy a few years ago. Becoming increasingly fascinated by the subject, it is around this time that I started reading everything I could get my hands on and listening to way too many health-themed podcasts.
Eventually all roads started converging and I gradually came to find my “truths” about how to strive for optimal health, most notably through an ancestral and traditional understanding of food and lifestyle. As my approach has become increasingly holistic, it has encompassed not only what we put into our mouths but what we put on our bodies, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the way we move, the nature we inhabit and the company we keep.
As I have become more knowledgeable, I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the discordance between those who preach “healthy living” on the one hand, with their self-abnegating ways, and the hedonists on the other, those who relish a hearty dish in lots of butter with some good wine. The road to good health need not be paved with green juice and liver cleanses! Rather the holy grail of optimal health is, for most people, attainable through eating real food every day and rejecting anything that your grandmother wouldn’t have recognized as food. And by real food I mean even (especially?) very rich classical French cuisine as most traditional cuisines, those priceless achievements of human wisdom, have almost always figured out how best to make us thrive.
This blog is the story of how I came to reconcile my head, heart and stomach, through obsessive research, hours spent in the kitchen and (new) motherhood. I am here to help individuals and families attain optimal health through a real food and lifestyle approach. And to keep reminding you that food is part of the solution and not the problem!