About Living Real Food Founder, Philippe Canabou
Coming from Italian and French ancestry, fresh, wholesome ingredients and healthy food are in my DNA. I was raised on real food. I come from a long line of chefs, cooks and farmers who had a strong work ethic, a passion for delicious fresh food, and a respect for the land and environment. They were connected to their food knew where it came from and how it was made. They believed that good food was fresh ingredients, simple, unrefined and the center of family and community. Food knowledge used to be handed down through generations of family tradition. Yet today that concept is lost. People often don’t grow up in an environment where they glean a lot of their basic food skills and knowledge at school or home.
While working in the point of purchase marketing industry, in the late 1990’s, I saw the very troubling beginning of the obesity epidemic. Since 1980, our national food culture has centered around a highly processed-laden Standard American Diet(SAD). Unfortunately we now see the signs of this processed foods legacy: off the charts obesity and poor health. Today, 1 out of 3 kids is overweight, if not obese.(Sources: American Heart Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention). And as a chef, teacher, entrepreneur and stay-at-home father of five children, I know it’s possible to change this unhealthy trend with knowledge about real food.