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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.)
Whether it’s overall health, natural fertility, or safe skin and home care, I’m all about busting myths and fighting the lies we’ve been told. Because we’ve been told a lot of lies. And the truth is way more fun.
I’m a writer, 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 the author of the Wall Street Journal best-seller Eat the Yolks and the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, and I created Good Food for Bad Cooks and co-founded the upcoming Baby Making and Beyond program.
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, hogs and cows, and started trying – and failing – to keep a decent garden.)
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.)
I’m here to spread the word about living a healthy, happy life. Whether it’s how to eat, how to move, or how to live, we’ve been fed a giant load of BS for decades…and we’re sick, unhappy with our bodies and our skin, infertile, and dependent on junky unnecessary chemicals as a result.
I find that really annoying.
At one time, 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 whacked-out hormones. Yet 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 and a more natural approach to healthy living.
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. Hormonal imbalance, horrible sleep, napping under my work desk, and hating my body every second of every day? No more.
Whether you call the food I eat 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.
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 – hey, nobody’s perfect).
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.
(Not pictured: baby, goats, ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, hogs, cows, Scout.)
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!
Thanks for reading!
(and the rest of the gang!)