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Hi, friends! I’m Liz.

I’m here to help you get healthy, get happy, and LAUGH while you learn. Because Real Food is fun. (And also, dangerous – if you’re a bad cook like I am.)

My mission is to sift through all the lies we’ve been told about food, and to help you nourish and heal your body and your skin. (Like I did!)

Most importantly, I’m here to show you videos of my goats dancing on the hood of my car, trying to break in to my house, and practicing dismounts on the deck.

I’m the author of the Wall Street Journal best-seller Eat the Yolks and the Skintervention Guide, and I created Good Food for Bad Cooks.

I’m a nutrition coach and podcaster, a magazine columnist, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP™) certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and a Public Health student and advocate.

I’m also married to my best friend, and together we’re enjoying our adventures as amateur homesteaders

(That means we moved from the city to the country, acquired a crew of pasture-raised goats, chickens, pigs and cows, and started trying – and failing – to keep a decent garden. Check out my Modern Farm Girls podcast for more!)

This is a website about healthy living  – and the truth about food. The reason I write? Because what we’ve been told to eat is nothing but processed junk disguised as health food (no wonder everyone’s sick and unhappy with their bodies); and the foods we REALLY need are the ones we’ve been taught are bad. evil. artery-clogging. fear-worthy.

I find that really annoying. (Which is why I wrote a book about it.)

The real reason I write? Because I was unhealthy, unhappy with my body, dealing with a completely screwed up relationship with food, and struggling with acne, eczema, poor sleep, poor self-esteem (and the choices to prove it), and I had no idea that the path to health and happiness was paved not with diets, low-fat granola bars and soy milk, but with real stinking food.

Once I figured it out, all that other stuff fell away. Seriously. Acne and a bucket of skin meds? Gone. Low self-esteem and dysfunctional relationships? Done. Horrible sleep, napping under my work desk, and hating my body every second of every day? No more.

Check out a bit more about my homestead life in the video below, and read on for more!

(Yep, in the video, I said “set a spell.” I’m a regular Jed Clampett these days. (PS: sign up for Email Monday here.)

Whether you call it Paleo, Primal, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Real Food, or simply eating the food we’re meant to eat, my food philosophy is simple: just eat real freakin’ food. No micro-managing, no agonizing.

Just eat all the amazing, unprocessed foods that have always been food.

Eating real food means ditching nutrition dogma and processed gunk. It’s a healthy, delicious, and life-changing shift.

My experiences healing my skin and my body – and helping others do the same – has proven, again and again, that we don’t need more dogma or obsessive behavior or “health gurus.” We just need nourishment  – and, to take it a step further, we need nourishment from more than just food

We also need to:

  • give ourselves permission to stress less and sleep more;
  • nourish our bodies – inside and out – with good nutrition AND safe skincare;
  • do less obsessive exercise and more natural, fun movement (think taking a long walk or dancing like an idiot to Gloria Estefan’s Conga – yes, I’m serious);
  • nourish our souls with the activities, the ideas, and the people that bring us joy;
  • get over all the other stuff: the agonizing, the self-judgment, the calorie-counting. It’s a waste of time and a waste of life.

Most importantly, we need to give ourselves permission to like our darn selves, wherever we are in our personal journey. 

And guess what? All that stuff is fun. Who doesn’t love sleeping, chillin’ out, dancing, eating great food, and doing what makes us happy? 

That’s the type’o stuff I love to talk about here. All the amazing stuff that comes together to make us feel great, and my own professional knowledge AND personal experiences making it all work (and sometimes, screwing it up).

And, of course, I throw in lots of dumb jokes and (dated) (extremely dated) (extraordinarily dated) pop culture references. Because what really makes life worth living? Copious Clueless, Princess Bride, and Goonies references.

My crack team of taste-testers and real food lovers includes my amazing husband and my pooch, Cal. They’re awesome, and they make appearances now and then.

There’s no dogma here. No rigid, uncompromising judgment or pass/fail food ideals. This is a place of conversation, information, education, and fun.

Welcome to my Real Food family. I’m so glad you’re here!

(You can also join me for Email Mondays, or find me on Real Food Liz TVInstagram, Facebook, TwitterPinterest, or through the Balanced Bites Podcast, Modern Farm Girls, or Real Food Liz Radio!)

Thanks for reading!


(and Husband, and Cal)