Welcome to Real Food Recovery, a positive site about our change for orphans, hope, natural remedies and good food to optimize health along with your health practitioner!
At age 12, Mandy wanted to adopt a child. Learning that there were over 400,000 children
in Foster Care was unthinkable! The dream developed deeper with the knowledge that these children were very sick.
Real Food Recovery is birthed out of the loss of a child we fostered and loved dearly. We notice a pattern with each children coming into our home recovering from all sorts of indications. Facing; cancer, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, severe allergies, gum disease, and more was not easy. Observing improvement in each child, we believe it is from the love, boundaries, and good food provided.
Unfortunately, when the children would leave us and we stayed in touch as beneficiaries, the health would decline. This seemed too obvious to overlook. As my husband and I renovate homes, hotels, restaurants and more to make them more beautiful, we also see the great importance of renovating our bodies. Renovating buildings requires good materials. Similarly, renovating bodies requires good materials. We choose local, real food, and the least processed food possible. Because of this, Real Food Recovery is born. It is our non-profit and passion work.
Now, as a Nutritional Therapist, we have partnered with a local orphanage/ Foster Group Home. We are creating a better Model and hope to inspire other institutions to follow. Creating a more vibrant menu with help from a Registered Dietician who is also about real food. Our weekly classes with the kids gives us the avenue to introduce new tastes and nutrients that we then add to the menu. It is paramount that we enlist the Cook, the Managers, and the Staff to join our efforts and understand their importance for success. It’s been exhilarating, to say the least! We are alwys looking for Corporate Sponsors that will enable us a Sous Chef, procurement of produce from our local farmers, and much more.
At Cal Poly, Mandy graduated with degrees, cooking and nutritional credentials but the important stuff was how many children and Orphans found joy! Each child is awesome because of a special gift they possess! Mandy loves helping these kids see their amazingness and empowering them with the food they choose to eat. If you want greatness, you must believe great and eat great!
Mandy has fostered several children and adopted! Her inspiration to step out into the big world and share, was through a little 2-year-old foster boy with cancer who called her Mommy. After restoring his health with great food, despite chemo, Dak had the right to move back with his Bio-Dad. Surviving on Cheetos, Coke, and other processed, sugar-foods; our weekly visits ended as Dak passed away at 4-years-old within a few months. Holding this little guy in her arms, his last words about life continuously inspire Mandy.
Life comes with some powerful lessons. Mandy intends to use experience, knowledge, and inspiration to reach out and help every kid and family she can touch! Join us as we continue to blow the roof off of hate, fear, anger, prejudice, and bad food and fill it with love, peace, forgiveness and good, healthy food that nourishes!
– Mandy, B.Sc., NTP, NRT, author, wife and Mommy of 4, Former Foster Mom of 7