Nourish by Numbers is a public awareness initiative from Puneeta at Maple and Marigold. It is dedicated to educating people, engaging conversation and shifting the mindset towards more sustainable living.
Food is central to our existence. Everything we care about – our families, our kids, our community and the planet – they all come together at the dinner table. But what we eat, how we eat, how we raise our food; the choices we make around food are not sustainable. Our food is killing us and the planet.
– I believe people want happiness and health – for themselves and their families.
– I believe the heart of the family beats in the kitchen.
– I believe that eating healthy means making intentional choices about what we eat and how we cook it.
– I believe we cannot lead a good life without good food.
What is Good Food
Good food tastes good and is good for us. But good food is about more than just flavour and nutrition. It is more than just about us. What we eat has to be good for us and the world we live in.
Our lifestyle today encourages overconsumption and overoptimization. The world is toggling between scarcity and overwhelming amounts of food waste, between droughts and taps, casually, unthinkingly, left running all day.
This imbalance stops now.
I want to live in a world where everyone knows what good food is. I want my kids to be raised in a world where everyone has access to good food.
Food has always excited me. I was raised in relatively frugal times in India. My Dad’s career in the Indian Army meant that we moved around every couple of years. Leaving behind friends, making new ones, settling into a new home and school every so often would have been hard if it hadn’t been for my mom. Her creativity in making life work coupled with her talent for delicious food found us around real food and abundance. Breakfast for dinner, leftovers transformed into fresh meals were regular features on our dinner table decades before they became trendy hashtags. As the years passed, food has continued to feature highly in my life.
My husband and I moved to Canada, the kids arrived, and good food became even more important. Not only did my time in the kitchen help me stay in touch with my roots in India, it also became the path to nourishment for our body and soul.
You may be familiar with my blog, Maple and Marigold, where I share ways to make life healthy, delicious and enjoyable. Through my writing and videos, I help people reconnect with their roots and bridge the ever-widening gap with food.
Over the years being a food and lifestyle blogger, I have been behind-the-scenes of our food system. Meeting farmers, scientists, researchers and food companies around the world has helped me gain insight into how our food is grown, raised and how it eventually ends up on our dinner table.