Welcome. If you are reading this page, consider yourself part of the family!
My name is Kelsey. I decided to create a little blog-space 5 years ago, after annoying my friends and family with health/food posts on my private family blog ;).
I needed a space to write and educate about food and health. This is where I do that. I am a self-proclaimed food snob, but that only pertains to my own eating habits, I don’t judge what is on your plate — cross my heart!
The reason I started this blog more than anything, was to teach. I have a passion for real food ingredients, healing through food, juicing, natural yeast baking (I am obsessed with bread), yoga/fitness, meditation, you name it. If it will make you happier and healthier, I am all about it. I have been called a “hippie” or “crunchy” because of it, but I am okay with that.
What I discovered when I started this blog (and still today) is that people don’t know where to start in regards to changing their habits! It can be overwhelming to learn which way is the best way, which program is most effective, what is going to help you lose weight, feel better, heal, and clean out your insides . . . there is A LOT of conflicting information.
I grew up with a very health-conscious mom, but the book Nourishing Traditions jump-started my real food journey, and I highly recommend it!
My philosophy is: REAL FOOD, PREPARED THE RIGHT WAY.
I am a stickler for ingredient lists. If you find me at the grocery store I will most likely be turning things over and looking at the ingredients. I want my food to be as simple and real as possible. I don’t pay attention to the “Nutrition Facts” because I think they can be VERY misleading. I don’t like to eat out much because I love to cook and can make things tastier and more healthy (not to mention more cost-effective for a family of 6) if I make it at home.
I don’t make fancy food, I don’t meal plan, and I don’t make extensive grocery lists for what I’m going to make that week. My basic calculations for meals revolves around picking a protein, a couple of vegetables, and a quick fruit/dessert for lunch time meals. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and healthy; that is the message I want to share.
Some random facts about me:
- I am Canadian who moved to Idaho for my sophomore year of university, met my (future) husband 2 days before classes started, we were married 8 months later, and I have been here ever since! Every time I cross the border and see my prairies and rocky mountains, I feel a sense of HOME.
- My husband has been my biggest supporter and pushes me to do things I never dreamed of. We lived full time on a dry farm in Southeastern Idaho for the last 5 years and recently re-located to Northern Utah. Our closest neighbor was 9 miles down a gravel road. To say we were isolated is an understatement! I will always treasure that time alone with my little family — kickin’ it Little House on the Prairie-style!
- 4 children call me mama. I had 4 babies in 6 years, they are now ages 2-8. I had 3 girls and then got my little boy caboose. I love old, classic names, and all of my children have them! My first priority is to God, my husband, and my babies.
- I LOVE TO LEARN. I am a self-learner, and loved school. I set a goal to get a 4 year degree, which I completed while pregnant with my second baby. I graduated with a BS in psychology with a minor in marriage/family studies. My goal initially was to pursue a Master’s and become a marriage/family counselor. Maybe later! For now, my passion lies in health.
- When I am not blogging/reading about food/taking pictures of food, you will find me reading fluff young adult fiction, trying to get to the mountains — where I instantly feel at peace and rejuvenated, tending to my inner yogi, throwing things away, or spending time with family.
- I am a chocolatier, or like to think of myself as one! They aren’t healthy, but I was taught by my mother, who was taught by her aunt, and it’s something I simply love to do at Christmastime! Homemade candy at Christmas is a deep tradition that I hope to pass on to my own children. I love gifting beautiful food to others, and making chocolates is an extra special one for me.
- My dream is to travel the country in a motorhome with my family. It WILL happen. I keep planting the seed in my husband’s head, and working like mad to get us there!
- I would LOVE to be a doula. I LOVE BIRTH. It’s the most magical and amazing thing to me, and I would love to help other women have good birthing experiences like I had (minus the first one, that was a nightmare). My last birthing experience was perfect.