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First time here? Welcome! Thanks for visiting; I hope you’ll hang out a while. If you’re a fellow food lover, wellness nerd and truth-seeker, I think you’re going to like it here 🙂
TrustURGut is a place to come for whole-food recipes, wellness tools, and real-talk. I hope to inspire you to cook more and eat well, to empower you to be an active player in your wellness, and to encourage you to trust you instincts in the kitchen and in life. You’ve got this!! (And if you drop it, it’s never too late to pick it back up.)
First things first — let’s get to know each other:
I’m a chef.
I have been feeding people and cooking professionally for over 15 years. I co-own a catering company in Los Angeles where we specialize in feeding professional athletes like the LA Kings, US Tennis Association, USA Women’s Cycling Team. What do these high-performing folks eat?? Same thing we do, just in measured portions. More about my work as a chef, food-stylist and food-writer here.
I’m a wellness advocate.
I have not always been a health nut. I used to pride myself on my ability to eat a whole pizza (the large one from Round Table, not the reasonably-sized ones you get now from the hot new pizza restaurants). I also thought it was pretty cool that I could drink anyone under the table. Turns out that kind of thing is not sustainable. Some serious health issues were my wake-up call – I changed what I eat, how I eat and how I look at my body. Here’s more about my personal, bumpy road to wellness.
I’m a wife and mom.
The mom part is part is new. My wife and I brought home a 5-day old baby boy from the hospital in Summer 2016 and we are in the process of adopting him. Parenthood is the most exhilarating, terrifying and exhausting thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never been happier. I’m looking forward to sharing more about that story here.
I’m a survivor.
Warning: this is where sh*t gets real.
I had a harder childhood than most and a better one than some. I have survived abuse and trauma that almost broke me, but it didn’t. The healing, the growing, the learning — it’s a process. But here is what I know for sure:
We are more resilient than we think.
Resilience and survival are doorways to joy.
We are stronger together. Connection and community are necessary for healing.
If you want to dive deep with me, read more about my story here.
Why share all of this personal, vulnerable, messy, hard stuff with you? Because it’s a story that will be familiar to many of you. Perhaps the details are a bit different, but I know many of you have felt scared, alone, uncertain, betrayed. So this is my way of saying, “me, too.”
If you’re just here for the food, that’s cool!! I’m crazy passionate about feel-good food and feeding the people I love. Looking forward to cooking, learning and growing with all of you.