Marisol was raised in Venezuela where manufactured and processed foods were uncommon in her home. Whenever she wanted something from the grocery store, her mother would say her,
"Comida hecha en casa es lo mas saludable" (Homemade food is the healthiest for you).
As a child, she translated it to mean that they can't afford it. Marisol learned early how to prepare homemade meals from fruits and vegetables that didn't have labels to explain what they were.
When Marisol came to the United States, reading food labels was a new concept to her. Most of the food on the labels she couldn't pronounce, and they weren't words taught to her by her English teacher.
Marisol was introduced to the convenience and culture of the American diet and her health felt the difference. She realized when her mother said,
"Homemade food is the healthiest for you,"
that she didn't say it because her family couldn't afford the processed foods. She said it because Marisol's health couldn't afford the processed foods.