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Travel & Delectable Afterthoughts

Why I stopped blogging for 6 months.

October 11, 2016

It’s been several months since I’ve been on RCP.
It’s been several months since I’ve talked about health, nutrition and food.

The reason.
Not because I got lazy.
Not because I lost interest in health, nutrition, nor food.
The reason was because I got sick.

Sick to the point where I felt it was inappropriate of me to advocate any of these things that I was passionate about. Because I felt like I had no right to talk about health when my own health was plummeting.

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Digging Deeper on East Hastings, Vancouver

February 1, 2016

One of my 2016 New Years Resolution is to actively participate in a selfless act once per month. Last week was the first time I’ve ever prepared and handed out food for the homeless. I arrived at 257 Hastings on a sunny Sunday afternoon where the Hungry Hearts team and I bagged up sandwiches, cookies, and sweets to give to the homeless.

Digging Deeper on East Hastings, Vancouver | rosy cheeks project

The Forbidden Streets of Vancouver East Hastings?

I remember as a young child, every time my Mom and I drove past this part of Hastings between Gore and Pender Street, my mom would double-check to see if the car doors were locked. My perception of East Hastings has always been, “this part of town is very unsafe”, “you must stay alert at all times”, “lock your doors or someone will pounce at you and pull you out of your car.” But when I was there today, I didn’t feel any of those things at all.

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Restaurant for Change, Vancouver | Healthy Food is a Basic Human Right

October 23, 2015

Healthy Food is a Basic Human Right | Rosy Cheeks Project

This Wednesday was a little different from my usual Wednesday nights.
I took a few of my girlfriends out to a cute, local Lebanese restaurant called Jam Jar to take part in the annual fundraising event #restaurantforchange to provide healthy food to low-income families across Canada.

Some of Canada’s best restaurants come together to create change in our food system. Proceeds from dinner service will be donated to support healthy food access and empowering food programs in low-income communities across Canada, and push for a fairer and healthier food system.

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The Story of the Ugly Apple

October 16, 2015

This post is written to raise awareness for #WorldFoodDay15.
World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.

 


At a very young age, I was taught that we all come in different size, colour, form, and shape.
The same holds true for the nutritious food we produce.
I was also taught to treat everyone equally and to not discriminate. Sadly, grocery store giants do exactly that. They discriminate. They discriminate against deformed carrots, misshapen oranges, and lop-sided apples.

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The Connection Between Food Traditions and Culture

August 18, 2015
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Food traditions are an integral and distinctive part of every culture. It reveals so much of a country’s history, cultural traditions, values, and way of life.

One apparent difference I’ve noticed from my experience travelling in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland) is everyone’s willingness to help one other. Passerbys greet each other on the street. Strangers look after one another like brothers and sisters. There is a strong sense of community, interdependence and human bonding.

It is of no surprise then that one of Southern Africa’s most beloved social occasions and food traditions is ‘braai’.

Similar to a barbecue, braais are casual and relaxed social events where families and friends converge on a picnic spot or someone’s home (normally the garden or veranda) with their own meat, salad, or side dish in hand.Braai is such an essential part of South African traditions. It is a national past time that has become a vehicle to promote human bonding shared by all demographic groups, religious denominations and body types. There’s no better way to promote a sense of unity and community than by the gathering of  a good feast.

Braai = Good food, good vibes. Quintessentially South African. 

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Humbling Moments: The Epitome of First World Problems

August 16, 2015

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Disclaimer:
Spurred by a deep-seated need to raise awareness on problems in life that concern matters beyond me, myself, and I. This article is an outcry of criticism regarding the largely impaired and distorted perceptions of our society and less about pitying the less fortunate.


Returning from my trip to Southern Africa, I realized how unbelievably privileged and how unappreciative I am of what I have here in Canada. There are so many people who struggle to get by, who live day to day, hoping that they have enough to last till tomorrow. Basic necessities like food, water, and shelter are real struggles met every single day. There the struggle is VERY REAL.

On my bus ride from Swaziland to Johannesburg, I met a lady who was traveling with her 10-month old baby to visit her husband who lived across the border due to better job opportunities. While we chit-chatted, I was chomping away on some crackers as she timidly mentioned she didn’t bring enough money for food. I shared my crackers with her as she gratefully accepted and carefully stored it in her pouch.

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This experience spurred a shameful and humbling thought.

Why am I concerned about eating organic food and drinking ionized water when there are people who are content just to have their stomachs filled?

Growing up in a privileged society where we absentmindedly enjoy an overabundance of food, where clean water flows endlessly from our taps, creating a false illusion of an unlimited resource. We easily forget that these are resources that are being depleted and consumed much faster than it is being restored. Resources that we, as spoiled “first-class citizens”, neglect or are oblivious to the consequences of overconsumption. That we, like spoiled kids who refuse to eat broccoli because it “looks gross” will throw it in the dump without remorse.

How many tons of perfectly edible food is wasted every day just because it’s not “marketable” to sell in grocery stores?

Returning home with a new worldly perspective – letting go of my self-absorbed concerns.

While I still believe it’s very important to minimize our ecological footprint by supporting local farmers, drive demand for organic, clean produce, fruits, and meat. I now realize that my yuppie concerns about sourcing the highest quality produce, eating overpriced “superfoods” are incredibly miniscule and embarrassingly self-absorbed.

Rather, I now look at food with a new perspective. Asking questions that not only concern me but concern the impact it has on our global community and our future generations.

  • How do we eliminate global food disparity?
  • How do we create equality and provide sustenance to those in need?
  • How do we transform a system of short-sighted agricultural practices and chemical laden food production to one that addresses sustainable practices that promise the longevity and quality of our soil for our children that are of many generations to come?

They say it takes 100 years of foster and care to equip our land for the next generation. But just in the last 50 years, we have already managed to deplete over 70% of the soil’s nutrients as a result of over-consumption and detrimental agricultural practices.

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When will our destructive practices come to an end?

It is therefore, now, more important than ever for a paradigm shift. To change the way we approach food production, consumption, and waste management practices to preserve the abundance of valuable resources Mother Earth has gifted us with.