With Bright Spot’s success in the Cayman Islands, I was asked to give a TED talk. Here is the video from my talk.
In order to improve the future of health and wellness in the western world we need to seek the Bright Spots that surround us. A ‘Bright Spot’ is a traditional, successful practice that is accessible to everyone in a community and, if embraced, or reembraced, can change the health of communities for the better. With modern research claiming that the coconut is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, I believe the coconut is the Bright Spot of the Cayman Islands.
The amazing thing about Bright Spots is that if you embrace just one, an integrate it into your life, it has the power to be the gateway to improved health and wellbeing. My favorite dishes have always been those prepared traditionally, using authentic ingredients and made with love. It was only until I became a nutritionist that I realized the power that traditional culinary practices had over keeping us healthy, and how many of these practices were, unfortunately, falling by the wayside.
Producing health documentaries, giving public speeches and organizing farm-to-table dinners wasn’t how I planned to educate the public, but I couldn’t resist using these mediums once I had a message to share – to tune out the chaos of the nutritional sciences and simply embrace the Bright Spots in our villages, communities, cities, provinces, states, and countries – and letting them become the gateway to improved health and well-being.