I’ve always been a bit of a food nerd.
My friends and family remember my childhood love (or obsession) for reading food labels. Since I was small I had a curiosity about what was in my food, and why. Long lists of strange sounding ingredients baffled me. And in a way, they still do.
In my teenage years I flip flopped between health kicks and eating whatever I wanted. My efforts to eat well were sincere, but never long lived. When I entered into my twenties, I started to think more about my future. I realized that my health would one day affect more than just my own life. What I put into my body through food was one day going to have ramifications on myself and the people around me. As I pondered this thought, I probably grabbed another slice of 3 meat pizza for brain food. ;)
In February of 2014, I was sitting across the table from some good friends of mine, when we started to talk about food and health. I told them about a skin irritation that I’d been experiencing. Nothing would heal it. It kept getting worse, and it was uncomfortable enough to make me crazy at times. My friend said 5 words at that meal that became a pivotal moment for me: “Maybe you’re intolerant to gluten”.
So I cut out gluten, and not only did my skin irritation go away, but my cystic acne cleared, my face and body lost their bloated look, my joints stopped aching on a daily basis, and my regular headaches stopped. The brain fog I had lived in for years finally cleared up, and the energy I had been lacking was back!
This excited me so much that I began to research how I should eat. I read about all different kinds of food philosophies. I read about the food industry and what they’re doing to our breakfast, lunch and dinner. I read about the things that I ate daily and I discovered that they were actually not even real food. I read about new diets, traditional diets and fad diets…
But I didn’t want to get caught up in a web of restrictions, rules and regulations. I want to live a full life, and celebrate every meal.
So this blog is not about gluten. It’s not about rules. It’s not about food snobbery or food politics or depravation or about living outside of whatever unique food culture you call home.
This blog is about eating whole foods, creating a peaceful lifestyle and having a happy, thriving family.
Welcome to my Whole Happy Family. I’m so glad you’re here!
Photo By Ashley Loveless. (@avloveless on Instagram)