Our Summer of Food series continues with Sarah Goodenough, owner of Kitchen Verde.
As a college student in Boston, Goodenough fell into a pattern that’s familiar to many students -- eating Ramen Noodles and ordering from restaurants because it’s convenient. When she moved back to Rochester to begin nursing school, she weighed nearly 300 pounds and was experiencing a number of health issues, including the early stages of fatty liver disease. She was only 22 years old and was struggling to keep up with physical demands of her job in the critical care unit. That’s when Goodenough decided it was time for a lifestyle change. She read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and adopted a whole food, plant-based diet. She lost 125 pounds in a year.
Goodenough is using her story and love of cooking to help other people in the community change their diets. In 2016, she opened Kitchen Verde, a whole foods, plant-based, oil-free and vegan meal delivery service. This hour, we talk to Goodenough about her journey, her business, and her goals for the future.