This is a great example of the phrase, “changing habits, changing lives’. Like for real. Food was complicated for the beautiful Jen.
When I met her she was in a cycle of dieting and then eating whatever she wanted. A cycle that just kept going round and round for her.
Of course like most people Jen thought she was doing ok when it came to food and healthy eating.
One day we went through her cupboard together to see what was in there.
I picked up some tomato sauce and asked her to read the ingredients.
Does that sound like real food.
After reading lists of chemicals on the ingredients lists I showed her how to make real food.
Simple stuff, like tomato sauce. And how to have her favourite dishes, made from wholefoods.
OMG this it TOO easy!
And that’s it people. It is easy. We’ve been programmed that it’s easier to buy things already made, but it takes the joy and connection away from your food.
I was blessed to meet Cynthia about 6 years ago and since then I have lost about 20 lbs and I can cook my own meals with joy and ease! Chef was a huge influence on how I even see food now, and what I choose to eat and drink. She made it EASY to make small choices that led to many more to come for me. She met me where I was at and just added little changes that helped my health without HUGELY changing my favourite things to eat. This was a beautiful way for me to be open to changes, I didn’t have to “give up” all my favourite items with her teaching style.
For example; I loved to eat eggs everyday for breakfast, and she just taught me to add water and many, many greens to my same breakfast everyday. I would have never added water to my eggs but the new dish was delicious, fresh and I felt more full and charged for the day!
She walked me through my own kitchen pantry quizzing me on what was REAL FOOD. Many of the favourite condiments I have and loved (before) were full of chemicals and things not natural, whole food. She helped me to just TRY throwing these out and letting her show me recipes of amazing new sauces. She taught me how to make meals with more veggies and added LOVE, PLAYFULLNESS, AND SELF CARE ISMs to every meal. I can still picture her singing while making food and then getting SO excited about the yummy food we would make. This passion was infectious! It helped me to also feel happy and excited about food again, not guilty or shameful.
The most important thing she taught me was that food is not GOOD or BAD. She helped me to just start to add in great ingredients. Even for the “less nutritious” items I loved to eat, she has small but incredibly clever additions / substitutions that add so much! I can hear her loving voice & being in a great mood while cooking and thinking about how this food will NOURISH and HEAL my body. She would sing in the kitchen and laugh teaching me how EASY it was to try new foods. This stuck with me for many years to follow. She taught me to love the process since beauty and health really comes from the inside out.
Chef Cynthia helps remind even the BUSIEST of people that we CAN take the time for ourselves and it doesn’t have to be difficult. She also shared with me to be more connected to the food I am eating. I am a meat eater, so Cynthia actually got a chicken and showed me the entire process to RESPECT the food. From being alive, to the plate, and being grateful and appreciative of the animal’s life – she walked me through each step and this was very eye opening. I eat less meat now but also pay very close attention to where it comes from and how it was handled.
Chef can help take any dish you love and show you how to add a few small changes for it to be even more healing and nutritious. She was an incredible teacher and her recipes, passion, and joy are worth so much!! I am so happy I invested to learn from her as it has paid off immensely in my life. It is worth every penny as she is truly one of the most talented Chefs I have ever met and she can connect with many lifestyles to make this applicable.
I now have lost weight slowly over the years too, you can see in my recent pictures from pics with Chef. I am still on my journey, but I am forever grateful to her for changing the way I SEE food preparation for my body and my life! She is truly here on this planet to help people with these genius recipes and her huge heart – I hope you are open to it all too and invite her into your kitchen. You won’t regret it!
Love, Jennifer DiJulio O’Neill
I have included some of my favourite plant-based and much loved recipes.
Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.