INNERVIEW: WOKE FOODS
Encouraged by the lack of opportunity in her community, Ysanet Batista dove straight into community organizing as a young adult. The work was meaningful, yet it required a level of energy that began to take a toll on her health. She started a self-care regimen that consisted of drinking more water and eating natural, whole foods. She began to see that caring for herself translated into having more presence and energy to serve her community.
Having successfully implemented a self-care practice to improve her health, Ysanet started to notice that poor food choices not only had an effect on her own health, but it was also heavily affecting her community. In an effort to stay true to culture, Latino communities in the U.S. purchase affordable, traditional ingredients and packaged goods, like sofrito and frozen platanos maduros, to use in their cooking. These goods are often packed with preservatives, toxins and sodium and marketed as healthy food options. Ysanet knew that if she wanted to create long-lasting change in her community, she was going to have to educate them on the benefits of eating plant-based foods and tossing the processed options. Alongside her business partner, Merelis Catalina Ortiz, Ysanet founded Woke Foods, a women-owned cooperative that taps into the healing traditions of Dominican foods to create plant-based recipes, host cooking classes, offer meal planning and catering services.
In this innerview, Ysanet reminds us that in order to do the important work that we are meant to do in the world, we must take care of ourselves first... and we must stay woke about our food.
Have an innerview into the life of Ysanet Batista, Woke Foods.
Filmed & Edited by Gesar Dorji
Music by Bryan Natalio
The Series: Have an #innerview into the lives of people who have steered away from conventional career and life pursuits in exchange for non-traditional, multi-dimensional pursuits.