Family Growth

It’s been a while since I last posted, and some things have changed, so Iet’s catch up! 

Since Family Recipe’s founding in 2018, my family and I have made some major shifts in our habits to achieve fantastic results in our health and wellbeing.  To name a few, I have overcome a long list of autoimmune symptoms by eliminating gluten, and have completed the rigorous Culinary Nutrition Expert Program from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition (ACN). I now carry the title of Culinary Nutrition Expert and am certified to teach ACN classes and workshops!  In our family, my husband, Eddie, wins the award for greatest (health) transformation as he has carefully worked to eliminate inflammatory foods from his diet, resulting in a 100-pound weight loss, new found energy and a fully functioning immune system (as in, he’s no longer sick every other week- more like once or twice a YEAR).  Our major accomplishments during this time have stemmed from research-based education, trial and error and a lot of hard work, and we’re eager to share what we’ve learned!

When I originally created my vision for Family Recipe, it was rooted in my love for cooking with occasional nods to creating healthier habits, but I felt hesitant to elaborate on the nutrition aspect.  I felt like I was in no way an expert on health matters and wanted to leave that portion up to interpretation for readers. After experiencing the many positive health changes my family has achieved in the past two years, however, I feel like there’s just no way to separate the two any longer. My newly earned certification means I’m now well-equipped with knowledge and resources to confidently support you and your family in achieving your health goals!  

With that, here are my proclamations and promises moving forward:

  • I will not promote or prescribe any specific diets. The best diet for you is the one that meets your specific nutritional needs, provides you with sufficient energy, and supports your immune system.  There is no golden ticket, one-size-fits-all approach because every single person is different. Period. My family eats an omnivorous diet (plants and animals), so that’s what you’ll see in my posts, but I’m happy to provide suggestions for modifications upon request!
  • I am a lifelong learner, meaning I am continuously reading, listening, and staying up to date on nutrition-related information.  This does NOT mean basing my decisions on TV headlines and click-bate “news” articles. It means reading the studies that lead to the headlines and using critical thinking to first determine credibility of the studies, then interpreting the findings within the context for which they’re intended.  It is my promise to you that I will ALWAYS cite credible sources for health claims made in my posts. It is YOUR job as the reader to read that information, investigate further on your own, and consult your healthcare providers when making decisions about your/ your family’s health. I am not a nutritionist or registered dietitian, and the information I share is not to be taken as medical advice.
  • I will only share gluten-free recipes, and will likely continue to decrease the presence of dairy.  Not only can I not eat gluten, but it has been proven that gluten is highly inflammatory for humans, in general.  It doesn’t provide nutrients that can’t be found elsewhere, so it’s not a vital component for a nutrient-dense diet.  (I’ve noticed a correlation between dairy consumption and aggravation of my allergies, which is why I’m decreasing its presence.)
  • I strongly believe in supporting local, sustainable agriculture as a means of supporting the environment as well as local economies.  This means we grow a lot of our own produce during the summer, shop at farmers markets, purchase organic when available/ in season, support our local butcher shop who sells meat from local farms, and utilize services such as Imperfect Foods to help reduce food waste.  I recognize this reflects a certain level of privilege, but I feel it’s the responsibility of those of us who are able to support the higher financial costs of sustainable/ bio-dynamic farming and high-quality ingredients so that we can keep the practices afloat, and hopefully even push them toward becoming the new standard.  We vote with our dollar, so I do my best to vote responsibly.
  • I promise to keep content fresh and positive.  If we’re not having fun, then what are we doing here, right?!  This means, I need to know what you want to see! Comment (politely, please) and give me your thoughts!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more of my and Eddie’s health stories as well as our discoveries along the way.  In the meantime, let’s connect! What habit changes have you made that have improved your health recently?

Photo Credit: For the Love of Hazel Photography

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