It would be an understatement to say that I have a GIANT passion for teaching people about real, nutrient-dense food and the great effect it can have on your health!
I have been studying, consuming, practicing and preaching this real-food way for about 12 years now. It was out of my own health crisis in 2002 that I saw the effects first-hand, of cleaning up one’s diet and experienced how eating nothing but the wholesome goodness of real, nutrient-dense food can have on your body, mind and spirit. There was such a clear connection between eating real, unprocessed food and my health improving greatly, that I got the message loud and clear and woke up! So now I teach and encourage anyone, any where who is interested in feeling well so they can live life to the full!
Once I understood how every bite of food or sip of a drink either builds your body up or tears it down, then I really started to make the connection between what I was eating and drinking and how that affected my body…for good and bad.
Please know that I am not a food zealot or the food police. Nor am I perfect… ever… about my own real food journey but I do the best I can, most of the time. I just want to arm each of you with the same information that I have so that you might feel the amazing effects of giving your body what it needs!
I want to “keep it real” on this blog and work hard to answer these questions:
- What is real food?
- Where do I find it?
- How do I prepare it?
- How do I cook it?
- Why is it important?
All of my recipes are gluten-free! Most people have a hard time digesting gluten…I know I do and have been on a mostly gluten-free diet for the last 10 years. I say mostly because there are those rare times when it really is worth it to eat something glutinous that is so good and irresistible…like a divine piece of real sourdough bread with a big slab of butter on it! (This would not work for someone whose health is really compromised or has Celiac.)
Mostly grain-free recipes! Since my digestive issues go WAY back I have a hard time digesting grains so I focus on all the other many plethora of veggies that satisfy and delight my senses and support my digestion. At the same time, when I “cook” grains, nuts and seeds they are always prepared in a traditional foods way by soaking/sprouting since this makes them all more digestible. Thanks to the Weston A. Price Foundation I have a wonderful understanding of what are the most nutrient-dense foods and how to prepare them!
Sugar-free or just slightly sweetened “sweet treats!” I have always been sensitive to sweet foods so I err on the side of just-enough sweetness to satisfy the palette…every once in awhile. You just can’t go through life depriving yourself of a little sweet treat here and there…talk about something that will backfire on you! So let me show you how to enjoy something sweet with ample fat and protein that will help to slow the absorption of the sugar into your blood stream. It’s SO important to keep your blood sugar levels stable all through out the day…as I’m sure you well know!
So most of my recipes will meet the requirements of the following ways of eating:
- Traditional nutrient-dense
- Blood-Sugar stabilizing
- Auto-immune protocol
- Gut-healing for Leaky Gut
- Digestive-support…in general
- With a change or two you could turn all of my recipes into Paleo, SCD, GAPS, etc., etc.
So now you might be asking, what qualifies me?
My love of food, first and foremost! I’ve really loved good food for as far back as I can recall. I mean, any little girl who asks her Mama while she’s eating breakfast, “What’s for dinner?” loves food!
And so, I followed that passion and felt called to attend The Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC in 2005 and graduated with a culinary degree. I went to that school because they had a long history of teaching people about real, whole foods, how to cook them and why they’re so important to our health. This was after my health crisis and so I was eager to learn much while there and boy, did I ever learn!
The second health-related “call” came when I started dealing with some pretty serious peri-menopausal symptoms five or more years ago. So, out of my challenges, once again, I started doing a deeper dive into the symptoms I was experiencing, what is really going on with my body, and how can I support it holistically during this time of transition? As a result, I started working with a Nutritional Therapy Consultant and these symptoms started improving once we honed in on what was causing them. Instead of the band-aid approach of chasing down symptoms with some herbs and supplements we started to whittle away at what was and is really going on. Just so you know, I’m still on this journey and it’s oh, so interesting and frustrating at times. Keep in mind…our bodies are constantly changing and we must change to meet its needs.
I have improved greatly and because of that I became very interested in becoming a Nutritional Therapy Consultant myself. So in 2013 I signed up for the nine month course to get my certification. I’m overwhelmed by all that I learned and continue to learn about the positive effects of real, whole food on the anatomy and physiology of our bodies. Let me just plug the Nutritional Therapy Association because if you’re interested in this sort of work they are the real deal and have a solid curriculum. They really gave me the tools to understand – at a cellular level – just why eating a nutrient-dense, whole food diet is a glorious thing!
In this blog, my plan is to give you the food knowledge, kitchen skills, shopping prowess and whatever else pops into my head to encourage you to take the “food road less traveled.” I won’t lie to you, this road is not all “down hill.” You’ll need to form new habits, stop eating out of boxes and make the time to prepare real, full-of-goodness food. I want to inspire, enlighten and make you laugh along the way. But at the end of the day, I want you and your family making better food choices so you can see how eating real, nutrient-dense foods will equate to your satisfaction, health and well-being!!!
So come along with me, write to me and make this blog into what you need and want regarding real, nutrient-dense food. Let me hear from you and I’ll do my best to respond in a way that will inspire, educate and encourage you in a simple way because this is not complicated people, it’s just food!
And at the end of the day all you’ve got to remember is to, “Just keep it real, Honey!”
My sweet husband Alex and I, with our little pooch Lucy live in Atlanta, Georgia and are continuing to find wonderful real-food resources here and wherever our travels might take us!
P.S. I have a little cooking show on Aol.com called “Don’t Tell Mama.” So if you’re bored and want to see how to redo some old classic recipes in a real food way then just click on the title of the show and enjoy!