Teach Yo’Self

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I’m basically a self taught cook. I remember when it started, I was newly engaged and wanted (obsessively) to learn how to cook. I remember collecting recipes, watching the food network, and just diving head first into everything I could learn. I loved it, and still do, I still feel the same as I did then, except I have almost 15 years of confidence behind me. That confidence came from many, many failures though, as my loving husband will attest to.

I love the information age. My daughter was born with leaky gut and had food allergies from birth. Her life, and mine would have been drastically different if it wasn’t for the internet. I have a health care background, but nothing I learned in school or practice could have prepared me for being a parent of an allergy baby. I felt so alone after she was born, like no other parents were going through what I was. I learned little helpful things one by one and put the pieces of the puzzle together. I could pretty much guarantee that wouldn’t have happened without the resources I found online.

I want to encourage you to teach yourself new things. I’m right there with you. I’m teaching myself web design, writing, photography and so many other things. I could have easily waited until I was an expert in all those things to start blogging, or pay someone else to do it for me. I decided I really needed to jump in head first and just start creating. So you will see here all my growing pains! As I watch my kids grow up, I’m really inspired by the process. It is such hard work at first, nearly impossible. I want to be a good example for my kids to do hard things. Things that are uncomfortable, not perfect, and risking failure. Growth, and exiting your comfort zone are never a bad thing. Scary, yes, but join me, I’d love to support you as you learn new things and grow along with me.  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’d love for you to join me in the process. Don’t be surprised if I tell you to google it though, there is an entire world of information at your fingertips today, so we don’t have an excuse! Thanks for reading, friend.

 

Why Bacon and Grace?

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“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Child

Julia Child has been a role model of mine since I became interested in cooking. She fascinates me. I don’t think I’ll ever be as elaborate as her, but I totally identify with her passion. I am fascinated with eating, cooking, growing and being immensely involved in food. In my own life, I’ve seen drastic health changes by eating food that is not industrialized, focused on nutrient density. I’ve walked away from the once common paradigm that the western world touted for so long as healthy- low fat, processed, chemical foods. I’ve gone back to my roots, I’m fascinated in what my ancestors ate, how they cared for their families without running to the doctor for every fever, ache and pain, how they grew, sourced and prized foods for their nutrition and organic qualities without even thinking twice about it.

So Bacon and Grace is for myself. I used to count calories, restrict, exercise away ‘excess’ and shun animal foods.Since learning about the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist from the 1930’s-1940’s who’s scientific research to this day is impressively thorough. When learning that ancestral nutrition is an actual thing, and that bacon is a health food, my worldview did a complete 180. I no longer had to restrict what i was eating, I focus on how many nutrient dense foods I can get in a day. My interest in cooking has morphed from obsessively watching Food Network, following Rachael Ray, through food allergies, gut healing and many steps in between, to wanting to live a simple life in the modern world. I want my kids to grow up eating real food. Which, as it turns out, our ancestors knew what they were doing. All the cultures Dr. Price studied had prized foods that were extremely nutrient dense, full of vitamins and minerals. Unsurprisingly, all the modern, chronic diseases we have to day in epidemic proportions didn’t exist back then. People had resilient health, they weathered childhood illness easily and came out stronger for it. So back to the roots, with a little bit of grace mixed in, because lets face it, modern life is complex and complicated and not always as simple as we want it to be, but we can always try.

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My Why

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These two people have made a huge impact on the world in their short time on earth. Primarily in my life. They’ve given me the purpose to keep on keeping on. They don’t even know it, but they’ve saved my life. The one on the left is the reason I learned to slow down, to eat real food, to work on my health, to really take care of my family, to ask questions seek answers, and in turn share with others.  The one on the right taught me I need to take care of myself, fiercely. I LOVE helping people, but when I neglect myself I become less effective. I really want to make a difference in the world. I hope that my words on this blog help other people, but mostly I’m sure I’ll be helping myself. Thanks for reading, friend.