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Why Mental Health Wellness Food and Cooking?

Food and cooking, along with mental health wellness techniques, have been twin pillars in my life. Both have tremendously improved my journey and brought me great joy. TBPK hopes to inspire people to seek further enrichment, balance, and joy in their lives by sharing my experiences with mental health wellness, food & cooking, and providing a space to contribute to our community.

TBPK's Goal

I want to show people they are not alone in their struggles, combat the stigma associated with mental disorders, and be open and honest about their mental health. In my opinion, these three issues stand as barriers to seeking treatment. If this website inspires someone to move closer to mental health wellness for themselves or another, my work has been done.

Hello, I am Tay!

Nice to meet you! Here are some basics about me. I am a 40-something-year-old student, a native southern Californian living with mental health concerns. Outside of school, cooking, and blogging, I love all things “geeky,” such as anime, computer games, comic books, fantasy, and sci-fi movies. On the flip side, I also enjoy the beach, art, music, camping, and traveling. Indeed, I have no biological children. In April of 2018, I moved to Dayton, Ohio. I had a wonderful older emotional support cat named Trinity that passed in January 2021.

Since everyone in this area always asks, the primary reason I left CA was to live a better life with a better cost of living. Furthermore, I want to bring Simply Taysty Catering and Events to life.

Now, let’s get a little deeper. Since I was a child, I have had mental health issues due to biology and traumatic events. At first, my diagnosis is Bipolar Disorder II and PTSD. It took several years of ups and downs, broken relationships, and internal discovery to realized something was not right. For several years I was in and out of therapy, trying different medications and coping skills. It was only recently, I have found a combination that worked for me. Nonetheless, I still struggle; however, I have armed myself with the tools and support to help overcome setbacks.


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