Whole Food Preacher
Local Chef Believes in Eating “Outside the Box”
Shane Kelly (Chef Shane), moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Turns out God had other plans. At 42, Shane experienced apersonal health crisis. She knew if she didn’t change her lifestyle, she might not be around long enough to enjoy her life.
You are What You Eat
“I moved to New York for four months to attend the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts,” says Shane. “I learned food is critical to how we think. It affects every aspect of our life…what we eat has the ability to either build up our health or tear it down.”
With a passion for helping others and the knowledge of healthy eating, Chef Shane put her skills to work, teaching classes, speaking to groups and helping others see the importance of eating “nutrient dense, whole foods.” While volunteering over a July 4th holiday, Chef Shane became acquainted with the Nashville Rescue Mission. She was moved by the stories she heard and immediately felt a need to get involved.
“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” –Adelle Davis
“The Mission has incredible programs that are changing lives,” says Chef Shane. “My goal was to help address the barriers of good nutrition for those who are homeless. This not only gives them the fuel they need to have energy and thrive, it also helps prevent and manage chronic illness.”
Eating God’s Way
“We are God’s people,” says Chef Shane. “I believe it’s crucial we get back to eating God’s food and get away from eating empty, processed, boxed foods. I came to the Mission with a mission…to help them find resources for fresh foods and develop meals that would give those in need the best chance for recovery.”
“I’m learning so much from Chef Shane,” says Dean, one of the Mission’s Kitchen Managers. “I can cook, but I’m just now realizing how eating certain foods can make you feel better and give you more energy. It’s an exciting time to be in the kitchen at the Mission. Chef Shane is a blessing.”
Chef Shane, the non-profit Feast Together and the Mission are working together on a pilot program to improve the overall nutritional value of foods being served to guests. Chef Shane is working with the kitchen staff in developing new menus, while creating healthy recipes and preparing meals for the high volume of guests served on a daily basis.
Check out some of Chef Shane’s favorite recipes or download an updated food donation wish list containing healthy, whole food items.