Cindy Barajas is the founder of Comida Fresca Meals and serves as a personal chef. Cindy Barajas grew up in northeast Los Angeles, in a neighborhood called Cypress Park. Her family moved to Denver, Colorado when she was 13; however, Cindy traveled back to L.A. as often as she could for summer school to be with her grandparents and the rest of her family and friends. She moved back to Los Angeles for college, where she attended East Los Angeles College, California State University, Los Angeles and California State University, Long Beach, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She was fascinated by human behavior in a different way now, working as a community organizer in public health, she took particular interest in food justice; which refers to the access, or lack thereof, to healthy nutrition, education, governmental & healthy environmental practices when it comes to the foods people consume.
After learning about the marketing practices in the food industry, how little health and wellness is taught in the school systems, the toxic nutrients that are available and / or accessible to everyone (especially young children (0-18)) and how people are cooking less and less from home, she decided to create a solution to the problem. She created Comida Fresca Meals after two years of trial and error where she was teaching health & fitness during the week, and teaching meal-prep classes on the weekends to close friends and coworkers.
Currently, Cindy continues to learn and practice new ways to incorporate natural resources from mother nature to make the connection between nature and her vision of healthy eating. She got her food business started with the help of her mom, Alicia, who worked as her “prep0er” (cut all fruits, vegetables, meats) for the first year. Cindy explains that she worked every day and needed extra support when she got home from work to begin her second shift as a meal-prep chef; “my mom knew I would get home tired from my opening shift, so she had everything ready for me so that my focus was on cooking and putting everything together. Working from home is great, but I never want my daughter to feel ignored since I do work everyday. I learned that as much as I try to balance every single thing, it comes down to my peace of mind. If I am aligned with my goals and vision, and nothing else, then I can tackle every situation. I feel so blessed to have the resources that I do have because looking back at the women in my family and older generations, they really paved the way for me. Women have been carrying their families for generations, cooking for them, taking care of the home, of their partners, making ends meet, etc. If they have been able to get it all down, then so can I. I am so proud to come from a family of hard working women who were natural hustlers that saw it no other way, because there was no other way.”
Esta tierra, our planet, provides us with everything we need to nourish ourselves and to live happy and discomfort free lives. Nutrition related discomfort comes in the form of one or more of the following, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, digestive system issues, digestive “gut” conditions (leaky gut), weak immune system, depression, intense food cravings (sugar, salt, fat), bad breath, anxiety, moodiness, skin issues (acne, eczema, etc.), gas, bloating, chronic fatigue, etc.
These “discomforts” are reversible. I believe strongly in the power of plants to help us clean up and strengthen our systems. I do not follow particular diets, I just try to eat whole foods as much as possible. Meal-prepping helps me plan ahead for all of that, I couldn’t do it any other way.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard and frustrating. There are so many things we can do to expand our knowledge in cooking and eating which will in turn give us results that will change our lives. When you feel more energetic, more physically fluid and strong, and in the right state of mind, that feeling becomes just as attractive to us as the unhealthy habits we once had.