The following is the full transcript of Chef and nutritionist Sarah Britton’s TEDx Talk: One Change at TEDxAmsterdamWomen.
Listen to the MP3 Audio here: One change by Sarah Britton at TEDxAmsterdamWomen
Just by making one change in the kitchen, you can change your entire life. One change.
I grew up in what I will affectionately call “a hot dog and doughnut family.” My parents fed my brother and I what we loved, and what we loved was the color beige: pizza, pasta, hot dogs, you know the drill. This is me and my best friend actually: a typical Saturday out on the porch enjoying our hot dogs and our milk in wine glasses. I thought I was really cool when we took this picture.
Although I became a vegetarian when I was 16, I often joked that I was a “breadaterian,” because I stuffed myself with bagels, I just wanted to be full. I didn’t know anything about food, and I could not have cared less about nutrition. So what changed?
Well, when I was 23 years old I got the opportunity to go work on an organic farm. A 5-week workshop turned into nearly a year long obsession in the garden and I fell in love with food. During that year I ate almost exclusively what we were growing on the farm, and for the first time in my life, nothing came from a package. And something crazy happened.
I felt amazing. My energy sky-rocketed, my weight came into balance, my acne disappeared and I got it. I am connected to my food. The food I eat defines how my body feels, and the way I feel changes my attitude.