~ SAMMY ~
Hi I‘m Sammy… and I am the Author
of Chow Down: Concepts on Good Cooking and Good Eating. I want to take
this chance to share a bit about myself with you and to thank you for
checking out the Lets Chow Down web site. I hope you are enjoying
yourself so far.
Well… Lets see… I am a 39 years
old woman and I love food!!! Chow Down: Concepts on Good Cooking and
Good Eating is actually the result of me wanting to take better care of
myself without having to choose between two things I love… My life and
my love of food!
I guess I need to give you a brief
glimpse of where I was years ago and how I got to this point. While the
book, Chow Down: Concepts on Good Cooking and Good Eating goes into more
detail about where I was, what happened and how my choices have lead me
to where I am now. I really want to spend more time here sharing about
who I am and where I hope to go from here.
Several years ago I found myself
smoking three packs of cigarettes a day and weighing about 300 pounds. I
knew that if I didn’t want to die I was going to need to quit smoking.
And seeing that my weight had crept up on me over four years of
retirement, as did the number of cigarettes I smoked daily, I knew I
needed to make some changes in my life and how I lived it… IF… I
wanted to keep living it!
Now it is a pretty well known fact
with people who know me and very obvious in the book Chow Down: Concepts
on Good Cooking and Good Eating… and here on Lets Chow Down… I LOVE
FOOD!!! Always have… Always will….
So when I was faced with needing and
wanting to quit smoking, I knew I was going to eat more. But I had
already gotten quite uncomfortable physically with my size and health.
At that moment in my life I decided there were three things that were
not an option if I was going to live, let alone live happily.
The two obvious ones here are I made
the decision to quit smoking and treat my body better. The third thing
is what has lead to the creation of Chow Down: Concepts on Good Cooking
and Good Eating. I refused to sacrifice my love of food just to look and
feel differently about myself.
I have worked in the fields of
addiction therapies for years, including the treatment of eating
disorders. In that time I developed some very strong opinions, ideas,
concepts about how we as a society treat and view issues surrounding
food, weight and the concept of "healthy". Even more I have
developed some very strong opinions, ideas and concepts regarding each
person's ability to know and choose what is right for them!
Being a person who loves to cook and
eat, I decided that I would use my knowledge in these areas and my
cooking skills to save my love of food and my life. The result of which
is where I am now ~ Happy in mind, body and spirit… Ah Yeah!!! And
still having a love affair with food!!!
Chow Down: Concepts on Good Cooking
and Good Eating is simply me, ‘ Sammy ‘ sharing my love affair of
life and food with others. I love the look on peoples faces when they
see how much I eat, how much I enjoy my food and see that I am not only
happy, but I feel great! Even more I love their reactions when they eat
food that I have made them or used my recipes…
Ah Yeah!!! It was my trademark
stubbornness and not settling for less than I want and deserve that has
lead to all this. Well, that along with a ton of support and
encouragement from those around me. Once people started to see how I
live, how I eat and how my life was getting better, they wanted to know
how I did it. Even people who didn’t care about their weight, how much
they ate or quitting smoking wanted to know how I do it.
If anyone I know is around and I am
asked how I did it or my favorite "What diet are you on?"…
They usually answer for me, "She eats like a pig!" "She
eats more now than she ever did and more than most people I know."
It is true, I have a big appetite and I love to eat. Actually sometimes
I feel like people watch me eat for sport!!!
Ok… So after having to tell people
how I do it and sharing recipes over and over and over, along with the
endless, "Sammy you have to write a book and share this!" Well…
I wrote the book to share this! BUT… The, ‘ THIS ‘ really is the
idea, the concept that not only is it okay to love food… but… that
you can have a love affair with food and yourself, without sacrificing
great taste or your waist.
As I said before, I am stubborn,
opinionated and I will now add, sarcastic and funny! All but the latter
is agreed upon by those who know me!!! Sometimes I am the only one that
thinks I am funny!!! Yet, everyone who knows me, knows that I am all
about people living life to the fullest and not allowing anyone or
anything to stop us, not even OURSELF!!!
Actually my main focus in life, other
than enjoying it… is to help people feel empowered in their lives and
where they are going with it. That is the point of and why I wrote Chow
Down: Concepts on Good Cooking and Good Eating. Now it is also the focus
of this new place here, www.Lets Chow Down.com the Internet home of Chow
Down: Concepts on Good Cooking and Good Eating.
I have to confess I am SSOOOOO excited
about this site, this place, this supportive space, that I hope grows
overtime into something none of us could have imagined!!! Don’t get me
wrong I want people to come here and order my book, my story, my labor
of love. BUT… I want this to be a place for those whom use Chow Down:
Concepts on Good Cooking and Good Eating to come and share how it looks
and works in their lives. I am soooooo looking forward to how you all,
help me develop this site into a place to empower and support each
Chow Down: Concepts on Good Cooking
and Good Eating is a book that grew from my experiences, my concepts and
my choices and what they mean in my reality. I want Lets Chow Down to be
a space that grows out of the experiences, concepts, choices and
realities of all of us that Chow Down .
So… Lets Chow Down together, where
the future is Ah Yeah, Unlimited!!!