I live in Evanston, IL, a beautiful city along Lake Michigan just north of Chicago with my husband, Sam, and our three children, Jack, Will and Audrey.
As a staff writer for the Evanston RoundTable since 2008, I’ve covered everything from local politics to summer festivals. In 2014, I started a column for the RoundTable called The Beet, where I explore topics in food, nutrition and wellbeing. You can read my latest articles here.
When my daughter turned one, we learned she had multiple food allergies. She also suffered from severe eczema. Not long after discovering she was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy and sesame, I became fascinated with nutrition. I wanted to ensure that, despite her food restrictions, my daughter would learn how to nourish herself with good food and enjoy it, too! I also wanted her to focus less on the foods she couldn’t eat and more on all the delicious, natural foods she could eat.
I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC where I studied over 100 dietary theories in classes taught by leaders in the field of natural health such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Paul Pitchford and Deepak Chopra.
I loved every minute of the program and in August of 2014, I became a Certified Health Coach. I learned so much that year, but mostly I learned that every individual has unique dietary and lifestyle needs and there is no one size fits all way of eating. I also learned that food can be your poison or your medicine. But most of all, the program helped me take control of my own health and my family’s health by cutting out the sugar and processed junk and adding in loads of nourishing whole foods in a fun and delicious way.
I started cooking with REAL food for my family and before long we began to see transformations in all of us. My daughter’s eczema cleared up, my chronic headaches came less often, my son’s ability to concentrate in school improved. The list goes on and on!
Needless to say, I have since become a bit of a healthy-living fanatic. I’m not dogmatic about any one way of eating, but I do believe that a plant-based diet is the most beneficial to my family. I cook fish and some meat, but it is the vegetables, the herbs, the spices and their healing properties that inspire me the most.
This blog is a place for me to be creative with my recipes and explore topics in healthy living. In doing so, my hope is to inspire other parents to take charge of their family’s health and to simply feed their children well.
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to connect with me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.