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To Food Lovers Everywhere

Hi! Mary here. I’m a wife, mother of five, amateur food photographer, recipe developer, gardener and whole foods advocate. Food and nutrition is my passion and most of my days are spent in the kitchen cooking for my family, and out in the garden growing food for my family- or trying to at least. We frequent the farmers markets on Saturdays, and search for in season produce at our local grocery stores. I have a growing collection of cookbooks and books on health, and I’m always searching for new and exciting ways to put food on the table.

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Food has always been a big part of my life, because, well, we have to eat, but I haven’t always been interested in the link between health and food. As a matter of fact, I never really thought about it at all.  Until one day, I received a sudden wake up call. That day, our daughter Lucy, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes along with high markers for Celiac disease {gluten intolerance}. The news was difficult to take in. We didn’t want it, any of it. She was 6 years old when it happened, but I didn’t want her to feel like this was a life sentence. Although, I knew it kind of would be. As far as I know, type 1 requires life long daily injections of synthetic insulin, since the pancreas no longer produces the hormone that stabilizes blood sugar, but, I didn’t want her to see it that way. I wanted her to have the most enjoyable, sustainable and healthy lifestyle possible. A lifestyle that would last a lifetime and give her lasting health benefits.  A mother can dream, despite this not so dreamy diagnosis. And so, I immediately began adapting our eating habits to fit her needs and the needs of the rest of us. I soon realized that copious amounts of wheat, dairy, white sugar, white rice, processed fruit juices, shelf items and endless pots of pasta was not related to the term ‘healthy’ in any way. As a matter of fact, this way of eating had been effecting us in the most negative of ways, and I didn’t even realize, until recently, that Lucy’s diagnosis may have saved our lives. Really.



With all of that being said, this five year health journey, has been an amazing adventure. We have learned so much and continue to learn. We have embraced the earth and the life giving elements of nature in a way  I never would have appreciated before. Through food, real food, we have been given hope.

It is my hope that this blog will bring life changing inspiration that real food can deliver. Please join me, in this kind of ‘earth happy’ food revolution? Your entire being will thank you. Promise.

“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates