Rebecca Katz is a Culinary Nutritionist and author of The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. Listen as she explains that what we eat can do all sorts of things for our body — in the best way. Some of the most nutritious food out there can really be the most delicious. When we have a good and healthy connection with food we have a really good and healthy connection with life.
The most fascinating part of my journey as a cook is to realize that what it is that we eat can do all sorts of things to our body in the best way. I think it’s very empowering for readers to be able to see, “Hey I’m feeling this so I can make this, this and this dish.” Or, “Oh I’m about to undergo a serious round of chemotherapy, guess what, I better stay away from fried foods, I better eat light.”Or, “Oh my gosh I’m as hungry as a horse and I need to take advantage and get all the nutrient dense calories I can get, here are the recipes to do that.” Usually we think of healthy food as being hippy gruel or sort of like brown and “ew” and bland and not tasty. But actually the food that really nourishes us to our deepest core is some of the yummiest food and the most nutritious food; because it’s a combination of all sorts of herbs and spices and different types of foods that work synergistically together to get you to that place where you can obtain sustainable nourishment. And that’s when you want to eat this way. It’s not like, “Ew, I’m just eating in this really narrow lane and I’m eating healthy.” It’s like, “No, I’m really nourishing my body.” When we have a really good and healthy connection with food we have a really good and healthy connection with life. And that’s really the role that food can play here.