My Story: Eating Well to Live Well

I have two passions: travel and food. I use the word food generously and consider cocktails and wine to be included under that umbrella term.  But for a long time, my food was making me sick. You can imagine how hard it would be for the very thing you love to be hurting you. Over the years, I discovered ways enjoy food without hurting my body. By choosing real whole foods that nourish and heal my body, my allergies dissipated, I rarely get sick, and I just plane feel better! This is a place to share healing recipes made of nutritious foods and clean eating meal plans designed to help you feel better while you pursue all of your passions! Let’s enjoy food again! Whether that be raw vegan pie, bacon wrapped cheese, street food, tacos, cookies, curry or anything in between!

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4 Corners Africa: Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

Since I was a little kid, I was sick all the time.  After years of tests with no diagnosis, I finally figured out gluten was the culprit at age 22. My provider told me to cut gluten from my diet and that I likely had celiac. Before I completed the blood tests, I had been gluten free for some time, so they weren’t 100% conclusive. I also had the biopsy but years after going gluten-free. For me, it wasn’t worth it to reintroduce a food that was making me sick for 4 months just to get a conclusive diagnosis. I just continued the positive changes that made me feel healthier. Unfortunately, cutting out gluten wasn’t enough. I was still having a lot of GI issues so I further limited my diet, restricting dairy and other processed foods.

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Edible Green Apple Balloons @ Alinea in Chicago

My mom and I were diagnosed at the same time in an era before grocery stores and cafes carried gluten-free paleo muffins. We missed cookies and couldn’t find GF versions anywhere! After hours researching and attempting to recreate cookies with gluten free ingredients, we crafted what I’ll call the most delicious gluten free cookies on earth. We sold them at coffee shops, farmers markets and grocery stores across Colorado as Grain Free Planet. But it is hard to make the same recipes on repeat! After burning out making the same 5 recipes for years, we closed the bakery doors. Now my favorite hobby is taking all the ingredients out of a recipe and replacing them with healthier alternatives.

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Door to Nowhere {} Cinque Terre

Eating Well to Live Well has become somewhat of a mantra for me. I am on an ongoing mission to cure my body through healthy and non-inflammatory foods. Enjoy the journey with me! Check out some of my deconstructed recipes turned into healthnut approved recipes, and help celebrate cooking, baking, drinking and eating with friends and family and plenty of fun.

Part paleo, part fat-kid, part wanderer… this blog will at the very least be an adventure.

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Selling Grain Free Planet Cookies @ local Denver Farmer’s Market