This blog, Reclaiming Vitality, is a combination of my passion with food with my passion for keeping my family and myself in optimal health. If you are interested in my story, I am a food and nutrition obsessed wife and stay-at-home-mother of two living in Washington state. My passion for health and wellness have led to innumerable hours of research. As an adult educator by trade, I naturally want to pass on this information to you and spare you some time and effort! Before becoming a community college instructor, I was an esthetician and also spent quite a bit of time in the restaurant industry (front of the house). These two occupations gave me a love for skincare and food, respectively. After having encountering personal health issues (namely being misdiagnosed with Graves disease and undergoing radioactive iodine therapy to kill off most of my thyroid in my late 20’s and then finding Melanoma about 5 years later), I also developed a passionate for alternative forms of healing, including nutritional therapy.After the birth of my first child, I spent so much time researching different ways of eating to figure out how to feel my best. There is so much conflicting information out there, as I am sure that you know. Don’t eat meat, go Paleo and eat a lot of meat, don’t eat dairy, yes, eat dairy, coffee is good for you, coffee is horrible for you. You get the idea. After trying numerous alternative ways of eating (including gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo, GAPS, autoimmune Paleo–you name it–I’ve tried it!), I finally found the traditional food movement. What a relief that was for so many reasons! Going back to our traditional cultures’ diets can make profound changes in our vitality.
Finally, one of the food blogs I came across mentioned a book called Nourishing Traditions. This book, as can be assumed by its name, is a traditional foods cookbook. It sites study after study that show just how powerful food can be. I read it from cover to cover completely enthralled. This book instantly opened my eyes, and it all made so much sense! We don’t need to count calories or banish one particular food. We need to eat real food, follow the seasons, and eat while relaxing and enjoying our family and friends. Only when we start paying attention to what we put in our bodies and how we put it in, can we take back our health and reclaim the vitality that is our inheritance.