Outside of the Box Finals at Clark College
Day Two: Grub time!
I was invited by my mentor and friend, Veronica to host a food presentation for her Health 100: Food and Your Health students’ final. The students have been discussing and learning about food and health all quarter and using my cookbook. My final visit was an OUTSIDE of the Box, delicious way to wrap up the course.
On the menu:
Hummus with Crudités
Cashew Energy Bars
Santa Fe Chicken Wraps with Fresh Salsa
I really enjoyed my time with the students. It was super-duper fun being among all the youthful energy. After each class, I always ask the students if they can and will make the recipes at home. The consensus among the students was that the recipe ideas I shared with them were totally doable and they would indeed try them. So, with that said — they are officially OUTSIDE of the Box.
Doing what I love, loving what I do!
Day Two/Thursday, March 21:
Food is Fuel
A student helps make the Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Assembly line for Santa Fe Chicken Wraps
Michael gives a thumbs up for the Cashew Energy Bars
Day One/Tuesday, March 19:
Served! Hummus with Crudités
Lecturing with my mentor, super duper cool!
I lectured for 11 classes and four programs at Clark College during Winter Quarter 2013. I made lots of connections with the students, staff and faculty. Thanks to the Health department for having me and extra-thanks to: Veronica Brock, Kristen Myklebust, Erin Staples, Kristin Woitte, Garet Struder, and Steve Demassa.
I am a product – and now a survivor – of childhood obesity. As a child, my family always told me that my extra weight was merely baby fat and I’d eventually grow out of it. I never did. Instead, my childhood is filled with memories of not being able to ride a bike, flattening its training wheels from being over the recommended weight, and avoiding P.E. classes by any means necessary. For years, I wore my fatness like a wounded soldier wears a Purple Heart - with pride. I owned the look. I dressed it up. I worked the room. There wasn't a skinny girl who intimidated me. I made sure my hair was laid just right. Nails polished. Outfits coordinated to the tee. Accessories to compliment every outfit. But everyone has a breaking point, and mine came in the spring of 2004 when I tipped the scale at nearly 400 pounds 388 to be exact. I was MISERABLE trapped inside of that body. I no longer wore my Purple Heart with pride. Rather, I was ashamed and frightened. Ashamed that I had allowed food to become my everything – frightened I would die because of it. Drastic times called for drastic measures...
Today, I’m bound and determined to live a better, healthier, active lifestyle. I realize I’m no longer a passenger in my life, I’m the driver. I’m overcoming my inhibitions and I’m slowly but surely saying farewell to my old childhood nemesis, obesity. For once and for all, Farewell Fatso!