Thinking seriously about food

By GABRIELLE DARVASSY

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have an opportunity to write in my local community newspaper. You may have read in the July 7 edition of the Herald that my husband, Ron, and I have opened a vegan and raw restaurant, B’Gabs Goodies located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., with the support of family here in Hyde Park. One of the motivating factors for opening was that we both love to share information about the things we love, use and discover … we call these things goodies. So with some encouragement from the Herald staff here we are sharing to a larger platform.

One of my favorite things to talk with others about is energy, speaking from a literal and esoteric perspective — how can we share it, how does it affect what we do and how is it received? I want to know how we can heal ourselves with energy, how we can document that and what effects we have on our own personal energy reserve. I believe we all have unlimited abilities to do amazing things, including healing ourselves. I also believe that we can often work against ourselves and our personal powers.

How might we work against ourselves? The food we take in is at the top of my list. Our food is one of our most important sources of energy. It keeps our body going – or in some cases it will shut us down. Proper nutrition is essential to a healthy body and sustained energy.

Think about the common example that so many of us have seen with children, or feel free to ask any K-12 teacher: A child has brand X sugar-coated colorful cereal, a honeybun and a fruit “drink” for breakfast. She arrives in class with energy that is almost uncontrollable, and then it happens — the big crash. The child is in a lull, depleted and struggling to pay attention until she has the next opportunity to sugar up.

This is way different than the child who may have had a whole grain cereal, piece of fresh fruit and juice. (Notice I did not say drink.) The body is able to process the food and extract more vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes which are all necessary for a healthy body and sustained energy.

This of course does not just apply to children. I recall what my breakfast looked like when I was working downtown. In my building was a coffee chain. I would stop there in the morning get my drink of choice (which did taste delicious, I must say) and catch the elevator up with my sugary, caffeine-heavy cup. It would be less then two or three hours later that I would be taking the elevator back down with a friend who also needed to “re-fuel.”

Thankfully my job relocated and I got turned onto the world of fresh vegetable juice and met my husband (he was the one making my juice — super cute story). What a difference in my day. I felt alive, vibrant, I had more energy than I could ever imagine having, my skin started to glow, and believe it or not, I felt sexy. When you feel good on the inside, it shows up on the outside.

The adjustment really wasn’t hard. The reality is real food does taste good, and learning combinations of different veggies or fruits can be a fun family activity. We need to make eating simple, so grab three or four of your favorite veggies (there’s a basic recipe below from B’Gabs Goodies) and if you have a juicer (it’s OK if you got it 20 years ago and it’s still in the box coated with dust in the back of the closet — no one is judging you), just take it out and plug it in and get started.

What’s the worst that can happen? Be sure to use the best produce you can find, try going to your local farmers market, or stop in at the Hyde Park Produce Market on 53rd Street and grab some of their delicious organic veggies, juice, drink and repeat. I would love for you to tell me how it goes, so feel free to e-mail me. And of course if you don’t have a juicer, stop by B’Gabs Goodies and we will be glad to help you out.

One love, One people, One Spirit

Gabrielle

(please visit www.bgabsgoodies.com or e-mail gabrielle@bgabsgoodies.com)

B’Gab’s Sunrise juice ingredients:
1/2 lemon
3 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 apple
5 carrots