Working as a busy media professional often meant a lot of eating out and eating on the go. Things are different now that I’m a holistic nutritionist. But, even as much as I love to cook my own healthy, delicious meals at home, I still adore Toronto’s eclectic restaurant scene. Luckily, we live in a city that’s home to some of the best healthy restaurants in the country.
It was the many requests for healthy recommendations that led me to create a video series highlighting some of my favourite spots. Each week, I get down and dirty in the kitchen with some of Toronto’s most health-focused chefs to talk whole food philosophies and whip up a nutritious signature dish of theirs. Look out for the latest video every Thursday, starting June 11 (catch the trailer down below).
My selection criteria were simple: I chose restaurants that champion healthy, whole foods and local and organic ingredients. I nicknamed this movement EAT SOME GOOD for two reasons: First, perfection isn’t the key to healthier and happier life. For most people, transitioning to a healthier lifestyle happens in baby steps. So, if you can’t eat ALL good all the time, I encourage you to just eat some good and eventually you’ll want more. Also, in the East (where I’m from) we use the word some interchangeably with very so, it’s also a nod to my hometown.
If you know me from my television career, you may be wondering what’s up with this massive change in direction. I’ve worked on a variety of networks over the past 15 years, including the CBC and Food Network Canada. The last television gig I had was a seven-year stint on Entertainment Tonight Canada where I travelled the world interviewing some of the biggest celebs of our time. I learned lots during my time there. I spent a lot of time talking to passionate people who were creating work they were proud of. Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons I learned from that experience was that I, too, needed to follow my passions and create content that I was proud of. For me, that meant helping people feel better. After some soul searching, I went back to school and became a holistic nutritionist.
I feel strongly about the power of real food in optimizing our health and in preventing many chronic diseases. I have experienced, first-hand, both the destructive and healing power of food and I’m on a mission to inspire others to develop healthier habits.
This video series is the first installment of said mission! Please watch and enjoy. You can find each of recipes here on my site as each new video is posted.
I’d love to hear what you think of the series, the restaurants and the real food philosophies. I hope you re-create the delicious recipes at home and share your good food journey with me by tagging me (@kimdeoncom) or including the hashtag #EatSomeGood in your posts. Happy cooking!