I’m somewhat of a “health nut.” Raising three children, I was very cautious about what I fed them. As they got older and I got busier, I slacked up a little as we began to order pizzas or stop at McDonald’s on road trips. After they grew up and left home, my husband and I began to eat in restaurants frequently.
In 2007, a good friend died of pancreatic cancer. She was only fifty-seven. Two years later, another friend died of the same disease. Those deaths hit me hard and I decided to see if there was any way to stave off cancer and other debilitating diseases. I spent two years researching and writing a book, which was published in 2010 called Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection?” I believe I found a way to lower my odds of getting cancer – and heart disease, diabetes or of even having a stroke by changing my lifestyle.
I got back in the kitchen and began cooking healthy meals once again. As friends and relatives asked me how they could do the same, I decided to spend another two years writing a cookbook. My only granddaughter at the time wanted to help. Even though she lived four hours away, whenever I could “capture” her for a few days at a time, we tried out new meals. It was a great way to get her to try new vegetables and fruits as she had the important job of helping me (Coco) decide what recipes would go into the book. In 2012, Coco’s Healthy Cooking: A Collection of Delicious Plant-Based Recipes to Renew Your Health and Vitality was published.
In 2014, I studied to become one of Dr. John McDougall’s Starch Solution Certification Graduates.
In November of 2016, I published another cookbook. This one is titled, “Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinners for Frazzled Moms and Dads: Delicious Plant Based Recipes.” Because young adults seem to like everything on a “device,” this one is “digital,” i.e., you can download it to your iPad, phone or computer and take it right to the grocery store and then the kitchen with you. Of course, if you are like me, you like your recipes “printed.” You can print it on your own printer, take it to Kinko’s or you can order a printed copy with the recipes already printed, put in plastic sleeves and delivered to you – called a “done-for-you.”
As you may be able to tell, I have turned back into that “health nut” once again.
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