New and Improved: Real Food 101 is TWICE as long, and now in full color paperback


When I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions at my library all those years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was the best kind of crazy whirlwind to learn in one innocent weekend about why saturated fats are good for me, why I needed to eat more seafood, why local produce contained more vitamins, why raw milk wasn’t going to kill me after all, and what my ancestors generally ate.  (Hint: it’s not what the paleo people say.)

Fast forward a few years, and after much trial and error in my own kitchen, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real food.  I know what my kids like, I know the shortcuts that work, and I know which recipes taste best after trying out several variations on say, lacto-fermented dill pickles.  In Real Food 101, I have compiled my experience and done the work for you.

Plus, Real Food 101 is new and improved, with more than twice as many recipes as it’s original printing.  And it’s now available exclusively on Amazon, for your convenience and peace of mind when it comes to the quality of the content.

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9 Months In: LOVE YOUR BODY!!!


Can you lose weight while remaining body positive?  You can see my original post here, my 30 day update here,  my 60 day update here, and my 120 day update here.

UPDATE: I highly recommend reading ALL the books found here, which are from sources that I trust to also remain free of dieting dogma.  They are the real truth-tellers when it comes to healthy weight loss and healthy relationships to food and exercise.  If you want to change your life, this is where you should start.

Well, it’s been about 6 months since I checked in with y’all, and we even already made it through the Anti-Diet Challenge of 2014, wherein I rant about why I think the diet industry is basically evil.

Spoiler Alert!: This year my Anti-Diet Challenge isn’t limited just to January when I get real tired of hearing about everyone’s new year’s resolutions to redouble their efforts to nurture their eating disorders.

So let’s check in.  Here’s what I said in my last update:

Sometimes life happens and you don’t do things perfectly.  And then you have a choice: give up or keep going.  I choose to keep going. Things can fall apart.  Things can change.  And they do! Maybe you get thrown a curveball and you are thinking “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!”  Or maybe you did see it coming, and now it’s here. Life is about being accountable for yourself.  It’s about owning up to reality.  Who you are.  What actions you choose to take.  It’s basically about owning you, no matter what. And the same goes for me.  So I am choosing to keep going.  I choose not to give up.

Here’s the weight update: [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 13: Parmesan Potato Rounds

Parmesan Potato Rounds | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

The Anti-Diet Challenge 2014 forges ahead.  We don’t do kale chips or cleanses.  We don’t do body shaming comparisons to celebrities or other, skinnier friends.  We don’t vilify certain foods, like carbs and/or gluten and/or grains, and blame them for all our woes.

We just learn to love our bodies, to eat more to feel more energy and even to get slimmer (yes, you read that right), and to let go of all the rhetoric about how our bodies aren’t enough, that we don’t deserve to take up space, that we should look a certain way, that certain foods are bad and others are good, and that food is something to be feared and used as an emotional weapon.  Enough is enough.

Reject diets.  They are part of disordered eating.  The cycle of calorie restriction, losing weight, returning to normal caloric levels, gaining weight back, rinse, repeat: this is madness.

Instead, eat more potatoes.  They make your body warm, they benefit your metabolism, and these particular potatoes are loaded with grass-fed cheese and butter, unrefined salt and organic spices, and just make you feel good! [Read more…]

Anti-Diet Challenge 2014, Day 4: Baked Mashed Potatoes

Anti Diet Challenge 2014: Baked Mashed Potatoes | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

If you followed my Anti-Diet Challenge last year, you’ll remember that there were a lot of casseroles and a lot of potatoes.  Some of you may have even thought I was crazy.  I mean, I was eating to satiation, and sometimes even beyond, which I did consciously for the benefit of my metabolism.

Confused yet?

I know it’s counter-intuitive, but yes, I am telling you that my Anti-Diet Challenge (this year and last year) is based on the idea of eating more.  Or more specifically, enough.  Not restricting.  Not punishing.

And yes, even working out less (in some cases).   I spent most of 2012 and 2013 refeeding my body, gaining weight, sleeping, and getting my waking body temperature to a steady 98 degrees every morning.  Eventually my weight stopped climbing, and I reached a homeostasis at about 280 pounds.  As I slept more, I found that I had more energy to get myself to the gym, in spite of the fact that I felt really uncomfortable in my larger body.  I lifted a lot of weights.  I started walking and dancing again.  I continued to eat about 3,000 calories/day.  I started to lose weight.

Now we come to January 2014.  I am in the middle of a divorce, of forging a new life where I am a single parent.  This should be a stressful time.  It has been.  But have I gained weight?  Even though I haven’t been to the gym in over two months?  NO.

Surprised?  Even I have been, a little!

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120 Days In. (Life Happens. Keep Going.)

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You can see my original post here, my 30 day update here, and my 60 day update here.

And now I have a 120 day update for you:

Sometimes life happens and you don’t do things perfectly.  And then you have a choice: give up or keep going.  I choose to keep going.

Things can fall apart.  Things can change.  And they do!

Maybe you get thrown a curveball and you are thinking “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!”  Or maybe you did see it coming, and now it’s here.

Life is about being accountable for yourself.  It’s about owning up to reality.  Who you are.  What actions you choose to take.  It’s basically about owning you, no matter what.

And the same goes for me.  So I am choosing to keep going.  I choose not to give up. [Read more…]

What Does 3,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

3000 calories a day

Now that I am more than 60 days into my concentrated effort to get healthy and lose some weight, I have been asked many times to specify what I eat during a typical day.  People often wonder how I manage to eat 3,000 calories per day.  Yes, I am eating 3,000 calories a day and losing weight.  

First of all, I eat between 2,500 and 3,000 calories a day, depending on how hungry I am.  This post shows how much I eat on a particularly hungry day, mostly likely the day after I went weight-lifting! [Read more…]

60 Days In.

60daysin(See the starting point here and the 30 Day Update here.)

Well, we are 60 days into my concerted effort to lose weight while Eating the Food, Lifting Heavy Things, and Loving My Body (Eat, Lift, Love).  You can see my progress 30 days into this project here.

Losing weight is interesting.  It’s a process where you need to take the “long view”.  In a nutshell, I lost 10 pounds the first month, but then 5 the second month.  You never know what those fluctuations might mean in the very short run, but I can guarantee that in the long run, they don’t matter very much. [Read more…]

30 Days In.

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(See the start point here and the 60 Day update here.)

As you know, exactly one month ago I made an announcement that it was time to embark on a journey of EAT, LIFT, LOVE, and I have the before photos to prove it!

And as I said in my weight loss kickoff post, I would be giving monthly updates to show how you can lose weight while eating lots of food, lifting lots of weight, and fully rejecting diets.  FULLY.

But here is the thing about my weight loss success so far: this is NOT the work of merely 30 days on display.  It’s merely been 30 days since I decided that it was time to count my calories to 3,000 every day, keep track of lifting and dancing every day during the week with one day off (but where I still get outside and moving, maybe for a walk), weigh myself every week, and be accountable to all of you here.

But I didn’t start creating health 30 days ago.  I started that a little over one year ago. [Read more…]

6 Ways to Be Body Positive

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What does it mean to be “body positive”?  Well, it means that you celebrate all bodies.  Regardless of size, but also color, ability, and gender, you love the diversity of bodies.  And all bodies are good!

It means that you let go of the idea that there is a “right” way to eat, and a right way to live and a right way to work out.

See my picture up there?  I took it on a whim, with no makeup, having only lost about 8 pounds out of the 100 I am aiming for, with my hair a bit, um, less-than-coiffed.  But guess what?  I love this picture!  I love my body!

My body serves me well.  It tells me when I am tired and I need to sleep.  It tells me when I am hungry, and what sounds good.  It lifts heavy weights, slowly but surely building lean tissue that helps me get stronger.  Why wouldn’t I love my body?  Good question.   [Read more…]




I’m on fire today.  I am burning with so many things to say about my body, women’s bodies, and the culture of body hatred that we live in.  Do you know why?  Because I am ablaze with a renewed realization: that my body is perfect the way it is.  Just try to tell me it’s not.  I will have words for you.

Today is International No Diet Day.  It feels quite appropriate that I would be feeling indignant and fiery about defending my body against the relentless beating down I feel whenever I take a bite of food, eat sugar on purpose, take a day off from working out, admit that I am hungry.

I said this earlier today on my Facebook page:

Why do I embrace my body the way it is?

There is a tendency to assume a lot about fat people. That they are lazy, that they overeat, that they don’t care about their bodies.

And as an overweight person, there is added pressure that I shouldn’t eat too much, because I am already fat. I feel that pressure every time I eat in front of someone. Every time I am out somewhere in public. And yet I need nourishment for my body just like anyone else of any size. This pressure not to eat too much, or least not to eat too much in front of people has really caused some disordered eating over the years.

The cruel irony is that fat people should probably do the opposite of what we think they should. We watch The Biggest Loser and listen to conventional wisdom and think “calorie restriction AND working out will solve all my problems”. And everywhere you look that package is waiting to be sold to you. This diet, that workout regime, this supplement. It’s a RACKET.

This is what happens when you EAT THE FOOD: Your body gets enough energy to use for how much movement you want to do. As a woman, if I sat around all day, I would burn 2,000 calories doing nothing. And if I go to the gym, lift weights, take walks, get active, then I will burn more.

I am losing weight eating 3,000 calories a day. In the last 3 weeks I am down 8 pounds. I got myself moving a little every day doing something I love (dancing, or lifting weights).

Reject diets. Eat the food. Lift heavy things. Love your body.

In response to this, one of my FB commenters said “Eat, Lift, Love?”, to which I say a resounding YES!  That is exactly what I am saying.  

Reject Diets.  Then: Eat the Food.  Lift Heavy Things.  Love Your Body.

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