My name is Ariel Goldenberg and my story is a story of change.
It started just like any other story of a 21t century person in the western world. I grew up in a big city ate the wrong foods and sat too much on chairs.
For me the change started in the kitchen. In my twenties i worked as a cook and a chef in high end restaurants in Tel Aviv. I lived the life of a young cook which means long working shifts, arms covered with burns and cuts and very little social life. I loved it though. I loved the adrenalin rush of a stressful shift and the satisfaction of well coordinated team work. I loved the contrast of the chaotic environment in a busy kitchen with the discipline and order it requires. Most of all, these years in a professional kitchen taught me deep respect for the craft and art of cooking. The magic and alchemy of transforming raw ingredients into a beautiful and nourishing dish.
And than i entered my thirties. When you’re in your twenties it seems like your body can take anything. Eat junk, have late drinking nights, move the wrong way or don’t move at all: your body will fix everything just by it’s abundance of fresh and young energy. When i entered my thirties i started notice a difference. My lifestyle choices began to have consequences. I started to realize that what i choose to eat, how i choose to move and even how i think, had tremendous impact on my body and mind.
I started being interested in the holistic meaning of food and eating – not only as a way to satisfy my palate but also as a sustaining and nourishing substance. Food for pleasure and health.
I became more and more interested in the science behind food so i went to nutrition school. I finished my nutrition studies in Bauman College in Berkeley CA and got my NC certification (Nutrition Consultant) in 2013.
Since than i’ve been still falling in to what i see as the rabbit hole of the world of nutrition, health and fitness; but the deeper i dig into this world the more i believe in the paleo logic and the evolutionary approach. Our bodies were designed the way they are by eating certain kind of foods for millions of years. Although the diet and living environments of our ancestors were highly diverse there are still few common denominators for all of them: they ate real food, they moved a lot, they were tuned to the nature around them, they rested and slept well and they had the intuitive ability to know how to live.
In this blog i want to share my thought about how to apply the ancestral wisdom into our modern life.How we can retune our bodies and minds to some of those natural laws. Can we use science in helping us living according to the ancestral principals?
And food of-course. I still have a deep passion and connection to cooking and it is part of my daily practice. I’ll share my interpretation to paleo style cooking.
Hope you enjoy this!