I'm Cole (Ms. Yaverbaum in the classroom). I'm in my third year teaching Special Education at an elementary school in Brooklyn, NY and I am crazy about my incredible students and feel deeply connected to my school community.
I have not always been excited about healthy eating -- I always joke with my dad about how, as a kid, my diet consisted of coke, sugary cereals, McDonalds, beefaroni (#chefboyardee), hotdogs, and the occasional piece of broccoli (gotta keep it balanced). I didn't think much about nutrition.
My mother has Multiple Sclerosis - a disease of the central nervous system. She's been sick my whole life, but about five years ago, she got interested in natural healing; learning about foods that reduced the day-to-day side effects of MS and how she could use her diet to heal in small, but significant, ways.
This intrigued me - you mean you could partially control a disease often so severe as MS just by making certain decisions about the foods you ate? I was hooked. I started reading nutrition books and blogs. I started googling the different foods I ate; learning what nutrients they were (or were not) giving me.
Since then, I have changed my diet in significant ways. I can't say I am on a particular diet - most of all I'm excited about eating foods that give me good energy, are mostly plant based, taste delicious, and most of all are easy to make,
I see the food we eat as an investment in our long term health, and that is something that I'm ready to invest a lot in.
When I started teaching, I found that I struggled to eat the way I wanted to - mostly because of time, sometimes because of resources. If you're reading this, then you probably know that finding a free minute during the school day is sometimes impossible, and that even if you have prep periods, they're often taken up by parent meetings, student conferences, grading work, or just taking a minute to breathe/sit down/go to the bathroom. Time is scarce guys, I feel ya. But we can still eat the things that make our bodies feel good and whole and energized and awake. Actually, we have to if we want to be effective teachers. Well fed teachers = happy teachers = happy students.
I created 'cookbookish for teachers' to bring together educators who are committed to eating healthy even in the crazy hustle and bustle of a school day. It's possible guys, I promise. I know, because I do it. And you can too.