Food 101 : Know Your Food. Eat Well.

We are excited to share this story by this week’s M.U.S.T. contributor, Alicia Ghio, also known as The Natural Princess.  Read her story below:

My sustainable food journey began back in the summer of 2005.  To be honest, it was probably more of a gradual process but that summer it just felt like something clicked in my brain. I sort of woke up and really began thinking about what I eat and where my food comes from.

Luckily I grew up in a household where vegetables and fruit were the norm, with soda and sweets reserved strictly for special occasions. I am convinced as a child I had the healthiest lunch in school. In college my eating habits were … umm… well, they were what you’d expect. As an adult I went back to my healthier ways and overall I always considered myself a healthy person.

Then, I started reading food labels. I was shocked at some of the things I was putting, unknowingly, into my body. There were things I couldn’t pronounce and a shocking amount of processed sugar. That’s when I decided I needed to raise my awareness and take control.

I started avoiding processed ingredients. I started going to the local farmer’s markets. I started searching out local farms and sustainable food sources.

The most immediate thing I noticed was that food just tasted better. I wasn’t moaning that the peaches didn’t taste like they did when I was a child. They tasted just as amazing as I remembered them. Plus, I noticed a real change in how I felt. I started to have more energy and just feel better.

I thought to myself, “Do people know about this? Because they should.” I couldn’t wait to share my excitement for this way of eating and living with everyone I knew. Thus, my web video series, The Natural Princess, was born.

My mantra is simple: Know your food. Eat well.


Alica Ghio, The Natural Princess

Alica Ghio, The Natural Princess

About the Author: I am not an expert. I am not a chef. I am just a passionate home cook on a mission to encourage people to know where their food comes from, to know what’s in it and to savor the flavors of fresh, local ingredients. It’s not always easy and there is always more to learn. It’s a journey and it’s a blast sharing what I discover.

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