CNM is a pillar for natural heath therapies where like-minded people can work together to change the worldwide approach to health problems. I think it is a great place.
I have always loved cooking and feeding friends and family and have always been interested in natural alternatives. I was an actress and director, but for years I’d been looking for other creative ways to live my life to maximum fulfilment. I wanted a career that made me feel joyful and useful every day, and the CNM natural chef course sounded like the perfect match.
I had it in my head that my dream was to combine cooking and health, but I didn’t know a course like that existed. I went to the CNM website to look at naturopathy courses and was so excited to find my dream course existed, I had no doubt about starting natural chef.
Both my parents’ cancer diagnoses a few years ago led me to research the power of foods and natural therapies. I wanted to help them with the intense mainstream treatments they were going through, and I started to believe in the effect of changing one’s lifestyle and nutrition to resolve illness. My dad was even able to reverse one of the tumours with natural therapies and is now supporting himself further with both conventional and natural therapies and nutrition.
I began to take nutritional and lifestyle changes very seriously for myself when I tested positive to the BRCA1 gene mutation, which greatly raises breast cancer risk. I started working for the whole foods market and later decided to take the CNM natural chef course and make this passion a career.
What I especially loved about the course was my classmates. It so happened my class was all women coming for different reasons and from different backgrounds and with so much to give. I learned so much from them. I loved every lecture and enjoyed cooking in a calm setting, very different from the work environment I had been used to. It helped me get healthier and experiment in my own kitchen.
Fun, creative, and healthy, the CNM natural chef course helped me to take myself seriously as somebody knowledgeable in healthy cooking and made me believe I could start my own business — something I had never thought I could do.