Food is about so much more than nutrition—it’s one of the most personal expressions of our cultures, values, and traditions. Our new series, Behind the Recipe, profiles a different healthy cook every month to explore the personal, untold stories of their favorite dishes. This month, health coach Haile Thomas shares how her father’s health inspired her entire family to eat differently—and changed her life in the process.
Growing up, eating food that was “healthy” wasn’t really a priority for my family—we just ate what tasted good. My parents are Jamaican, so my mom would make a lot of traditional Jamaican food including red meat, white rice, green beans, and fish. Those foods were really the cornerstones of my childhood meals.
When I was 9, my dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. That’s when, as a whole family, we really started to think more about what we were eating.