Fighting Obesity One Meal at a Time.
Organized by: Cassandra Tate
My name is Cassandra, and I have been a nurse for over 30 years. During my career, I have raised 4 children with the help of my deceased husband, and worked unimaginable hours throughout my career. I am only 4'9" and at one point early in my career, weighed in at 230 lbs. Being a nurse, I was well aware of how dangerous it was for me to be so overweight. So 25+ years ago, I slowly began to change the way I ate— I started learning how to incorporate more herbs into my cooking to liven up my food, and I also remove a lot of "dead foods" from my diet and my life. Since that time, I lost 100 lbs and have kept it off for over 25 years.
I have worked primarily with women in my career, and have found that a large number of young mothers not only do not know how to cook, but lack knowledge in the use of culinary herbs to bring their foods to life—as well as knowledge on how to manage cooking nutritious foods for themselves and their children/family, while maintaining a busy lifestyle. Culinary herbs have so many health benefits, and I would like to teach mothers and fathers who may be low on income, and/or short on time, knowledge about imploring various techniques to obtain the end result of feeding your family wholesome, nutritious meals with flavor and life. I know what it's like to stretch a dollar, and try to eat healthy—it's a balancing act like no other! I've been there, but it can be done.
My goal is to empower young mothers to steer their children, and themselves, towards healthier eating. I want to provide a holistic experience in the process, starting with tours at local produce markets, shopping for food and educating them on where to find fresh herbs and spices, what to look for and what to buy, as well as providing introductory cooking classes to show them exactly how to use fresh herbs and spices in preparing a delicious, healthy meal that will be pleasing to any palate (even children!). As a part of this learning experience, I would also like to be able to provide mothers with a fresh culinary/spice herb gift set, a set of sturdy reliable cookware, along with various recipes and tips to ensure they can get started on a beautiful path to enhancing better health by changing the way they eat and decreasing obesity in our children and adults alike.
Funds raised will be used to help market the endeavor locally (to start), as well as supply participants with culinary tools that will help them get on track to healthy eating. Please help me empower young moms and their children to live healthier lives one meal at a time!!