Hi! I’m Emily!
I grew up in the 80’s, the time when everything was processed and low-fat this and fat-free that. I devoured sugary foods, craved boxed Mac n’ Cheese, ate lots of mainstream cereals and grew up around family members who loved soda. Yes I had some healthy foods in my diet too, but most of it was stuff that was easy to make, highly processed and cheap.
Those foods were tricking my body into believing that they were wonderful, but they did nothing for me and didn’t help nourish my body.
By the time I hit my mid 20’s I decided this way of eating wasn’t working for me and I knew I had to change things before having my first baby. I drastically changed my diet and stopped drinking soda and eating fast food. But that wasn’t enough.
After I had my first daughter, my health took a huge turn … and not in a good way. I couldn’t gain weight, I had constant tummy (a.k.a. gut-health) issues, I was anemic and I was not thriving. Soon, I found out that my body could not tolerate gluten and my gut was a mess. I knew I had to make some BIG changes to my diet and lifestyle.
I’ve spent 12 years on my real food and natural living journey. Along the way I’ve hit some bumps on the curvy road … frustrations with how to make changes, family health challenges, food sensitivities and allergies, toxic mold problems, extremely tight budget pressures and figuring out how to balance it all – so I get it. I really do.
I live with my family in Northern California. Our daily life is mixed with typical chaos, lots of play, work work work, never-ending dishes and laundry, school and homework for my oldest and a kitchen that almost always has dishes, cutting boards and kitchen tools out all over the counters because we make real food from scratch … and I’m always looking for ways to get meals on the table faster.