This blog, Reclaiming Vitality, is a combination of Chelsea’s passion with food with her passion for keeping her family and herself in optimal health. She is a food and nutrition obsessed wife and stay-at-home-mother of two living in Washington state. Currently, she is studying nutritional therapy through the Nutritional Therapy Association based in Olympia, WA.
Chelsea has a Masters in Education and is a former community college teacher, which is why she just can’t keep the knowledge she has gained (and is gaining) to herself! Before becoming a community college instructor, she was an esthetician which is one of the reasons that there are a lot of homemade skincare recipes on the site. She also spent quite a bit of time in the restaurant industry which is where her passion for food and cooking first took hold. Her interest in nutrition, health, and wellness intensified after encountering some big personal health issues. First, in her late 20’s she was misdiagnosed with Graves disease and underwent radioactive iodine therapy to kill off most of her thyroid and making her hypothyroid for the rest of her life. Second, she was diagnosed with Melanoma about 9 years ago. As a result of these health challenges, she developed a passionate for alternative forms of healing, including herbs and nutritional therapy.
After the birth of her first child 6 years ago, she spent so much time researching different ways of eating to figure out what to feed her daughter and how to feed herself to feel her best. As you know, there is so much conflicting information out there. Don’t eat meat, eat a lot of meat, don’t eat dairy, yes, eat dairy, wheat is the devil, 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–she finally found the traditional foods movement in the form of 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. This book instantly opened her eyes, and it all made so much sense! Being healthy doesn’t mean we need to meticulously count calories or macronutrients. Nor do we need to banish one particular food (unless we have a sensitivity or allergy to it, of course). 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.