Hello my lovely readers! I have some big news to share with you and it's pretty personal. If you didn't already hear I'm moving back to Texas to care for my dad. Big life changes are what I do best, but this one is a doozy!
I found out on Christmas from my sister that my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was in tears as I called him up to wish him happy holidays and tried to pry out of him what was going on with his health. I don't think he wanted to tell me, he didn't want to worry me and he probably didn't want to admit he had a problem. His health has never been really bad, but it has never been good. Being a drinker, not exercising, and eating a pretty crappy diet I knew was going to catch up to him eventually.
I'm a total daddy's girl. The thought of losing him is devastating. When I heard the news my first thought was a must go home and get him on a vegan diet. He told me that it was in early stages and he didn't have to make any decisions yet about getting radiation. I gave a sigh of relief knowing that I may be able to cure him through a plant-based diet since I've been told that prostate cancer is one of the easiest to fix with diet.
I was on my way to Thailand for 3 months to work on the cookbook. So I had a conversation with him to make sure he was really ok and that he was fine with me leaving the country. He promised me he was doing great and wished me well. I cut my trip short to 2 months and starting preparing myself mentally for the challenge of moving back home and cooking for my dad.
To tell you the truth, this may be one of the hardest things I've done yet in my life. It's a challenge because I feel so young to have this already happening to me. I've chosen to put my life on hold to do this. Also, my dad is a stubborn man, who is already being a pain in the butt about me moving back home. He doesn't want to change, yet he knows that it's the right thing to do. He sees how a vegan diet and healthy lifestyle has improved my life greatly, so he knows it works wonders. But change is always hard.
I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least try to help him beat this. I'm pretty confident that if he will do what I ask of him that I can cure him and he will never have felt better in his life! And it gives me a special opportunity to take my knowledge and services to those in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Veganism is just catching on there and not many people offer vegan cooking classes, consultations, and personal chef services. So I'm getting really excited about healthifying a town that is in major need of some healthy perspective.
I don't plan on staying there forever, but it's the best choice for me and my dad right now. I'm going to miss LA so much and I'm grateful to all my students, clients, and friends I've made over the years. A new chapter is beginning and I can't wait for the fun to begin!
If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area please give me a shout! Or if you have friends or family there please pass on my website/blog to them so we can connect!