FOOD is the Foundation!


FOOD is the Foundation!

Food is the foundation of well-being, in body, mind, and spirit. I believe it, I live it, I teach it. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than with the brain function dis-eases and im-balances that we are experiencing today.  In our children and in our elders, and everyone in between.

I was blessed to be able to attend the annual Autism One Conference in Colorado Springs over Memorial Day weekend, the first year it was not held in Chicago. As many of you know, my work in recent years (well, really I started about 7 years ago), has revolved around the brain-gut connection, and the impact a leaky gut can have on all sorts of disorders, but especially brain disorders: inability to focus, ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, depression, dyslexia, schizophrenia…and so many others. I have been trained and certified in the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) nutritional protocol, and use my knowledge of cooking to help people to implement the diet with ease.



With friend, colleague, and fellow GAPS practitioner, Amy Mihaly, at Autism One Conference in Colorado Springs last month.


We were walking billboards!

START with the FOOD!

While there were so many good people doing so many good things to help children on the Autism Spectrum and with ADD and ADHD, I was struck by the amount of modalities, remedies, supplements, and technologies that have been developed for this population. I was also struck with the lack of emphasis on the food. People! People! The food is the foundation…and if you can get the food right–take out everything that is NOT food, remove dyes and excitotoxins and glutamic acid, and GMOs and pesticides and herbicides and glyphosate–and add in real, healing food, many of the symptoms and problems that these children have…and adults in our country…would resolve. Start with the food, folks! Start with the food!

And so, I carry on, waving the flag of Real Food, Nourishing, Traditional Food…prepared and cooked to maximize nutrients and digestibility. Often, I have the sensation that I am a “voice crying in the desert”–but I’ll keep on crying out while people continue to look everywhere for answers to their health dilemmas and “random” symptoms but their own kitchen. I will continue to teach cooking, and continue writing and speaking…so people can take back their health by going back into the kitchen.

If you would like to join me in the kitchen, I am offering my four-day intensive, Learn to Cook! in October of this year. It is the only session that is currently scheduled. If you would like more information about the course, go here. I welcome all ages and levels of knowledge and experience, and you can learn to cook for yourself and your family, or for the purpose of later teaching others. I am also putting many of my classes online, so that you may take them at your leisure, in the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned for more information on those classes! The first one, The Ketchup Revolution: Making Condiments that are Good for You is available now!


Learn to Cook! at Fields of Athenry Farm, Purcellville, Virginia, June 2015

For more information about Learn to Cook! Cooking for Well-Being Teacher Training in October, 2017 

For more information about The Ketchup Revolution online class on fermented condiments

Sign up to be on the mailing list to be notified about our new classes on healing autism with food here: Feeding Your Autistic Child


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