We are the Schmidt del Rio Family.
We live in Queretaro, a small, beautiful, clean colonial city just two hours north of Mexico City. We moved here six years ago, looking for a place to live that had more or less the same way of life that we had growing up, and we found it.
A little about ourselves:
Matthew: 37 years old, father, green building architect, poker playing enthusiast and fellow foodie.
Michele: that would be me, I’m 36, originally studied Political Sciences but nowadays a chef, very much into homegrown food, yoga and music.
Natalia: at 7 years old, she loves horses, and playing with her friends, she has a natural instinct towards healthy food (swear we didn’t have any thing to do with it!)
Lucía: just turned 4, she has a great dark sense of humor, is very witty and loves anything that has to do with painting, she’s more inclined to everything with large doses of sugar and chocolate!
Benny: 31 years old, just got married and she is the person who has been helping us around the house for the last past five years.
The community where we live is in a suburb, very nice, full of trees with a country life quality about it (there may be some traffic involving a horse or donkey 1 minute from our home). The girls’ school is five minutes away in a car. And my husband has his office above our house. There is a recycling station very near and because we have beautiful weather most of the time, many people walk around the neighborhood.
We are very much involved in our local chapter of Slow Food and grow most of our fruits and vegetables in the garden and do our part in composting and recycling.
We do some carpooling and sometimes ride our bikes to school and other classes.
We love the idea of participating in this Energy Diet, so we can be a little more conscious in the choices we make and educate our children and ourselves in this very important and necessary sustainable way of living.