Hi, I’m Megan, and I’m so happy you’re here!
As a busy mom who wants optimum wellness, one thing I need is steady, good nutrition that’s easy to make … and delicious for my family!
The Value of Soup
For eight years, my husband and I owned a bone broth gluten-free café. In addition to well-loved soups, we made amazing real food ice creams (many dairy-free and/or with probiotics)! as well as grain-free and sourdough baked goods. Our food fed every hungry soul who walked through our doors — but with a special heart for those on restricted diets.
I share with you now, from EatBeautiful.net, the breadth of my experience 🙂 —
- after writing two cookbooks, one that focuses on grain-free baking and one, my new release cookbook!, that focuses on soups and stews!,
- from owning our café,
- teaching ancestral cooking classes
- and meeting with clients as a recipe consultant, to support the wellness diet process
A Different Kind of Baking
Our family spent over five years on the healing GAPS diet. During that time, I developed baking techniques unlike any we found on the web. I do not use store-bought almond flour or almond butter; (see my article on almonds to learn why). The goal for me is not just Paleo grain-free baking, but whole foods that help to heal or maintain optimum health. So proper assimilation of nutrients is important to me when I create recipes and handle ingredients.
Since GAPS, I’ve become an advocate for cassava flour. (I wrote about cassava, its history, nutrition and nuances for the Weston A. Price Foundation [find that article here] — for those who can tolerate a bit of starch, as the complex carbohydrates and resistant starch it contains are part of what allowed our family to move on from the GAPS Diet to a Traditional/Paleo/GAPS/AIP/Keto/Whole30 combo diet LOL!)
Yes, we have many food intolerances within our home; so I create recipes for all these diets (for you and for my own family)! Cassava flour also helped me to put my Hashimoto’s into remission. Nonetheless, we have also seen the benefits of eliminating starches short-term for killing off pathogen overgrowth and healing leaky gut, something with which I have a lot of personal (not professional) experience.
I have written extensively on resistant starch and prebiotics for these same reasons: fostering a healthy gut microbiome, healing autoimmune diseases, educating about immune regulation and T cells and emphasizing the necessity of resistant starch physiologically. Find my article on prebiotics published in Eugene Magazine here. Read my additional published pieces on prebiotics here and here. (Type “resistant starch” into the search engine on this site to find recipes.)
Nutritionally, for many years, I’ve followed the truths taught by the ancestral community. My dietary and physiological insights are based on these and naturopathic principles. I have also gained insights from research and relationships with a few select doctors, including Paleo functional medical doctors.
We learned about pathogen killing herbs, how to rotate them, and, after many teeny compromises, we finally learned how to be satisfied with a diet that is very different than the sugar-infused one that used to leave us craving for more!
Bone broth soups and stews comprise an important part of our diet, even now, in the home stretch of our healing.
In addition to being a mama, cookbook author and blogger, I am a Recipe Consultant, meeting with individuals each week, referred to me by gastroenterologists, naturopaths, energy practitioners and medical doctors. I am not a dietician or a nutritionist. My specialty is food, and healing food in particular. My goal when I meet with a client is to help them succeed on their healing diet. Too often patients receive a recommended diet from their healthcare practitioner but can’t implement it for many reasons. I share recipes, techniques and practical inspiration to help my clients succeed and heal.
It is my deep wish to share with you any information that will help you on your wellness journey.
Several years ago my first cookbook published, so I can now share with you the baked goods and treats that make our family’s every meal into a feast — Eat Beautiful: Grain-free, Sugar-free, & Loving It.
Recently I published my second full-length cookbook on healing soups and stews! In this cookbook, I teach soup-making secrets (7 to be exact). This cookbook includes 80 recipes for all the wellness diets addressed on my blog, as well as valuable insights from our bone broth café days.
Thank you for following my blog, my Pinterest account and Facebook page! These additional social media resources allow me to serve you. Your comments are always appreciated. Hang in there; we’re in this together!
I hope you will come along with me as I share indulgent fare that can be enjoyed whatever your limitations.
P.S. The diets I help implement vary slightly based on a client’s health diagnosis. I currently work with clients and help toward healing or improving the following conditions: interstitial cystitis, leaky gut, pathogen overgrowth or gut dysbiosis, gastroparesis, hormone imbalance/infertility, asthma, ADD, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, autoimmune diseases (I have had five!), Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, IBS, SIBO, vitamin A toxicity and Parkinson’s disease. Again, I am not medically trained. My specialty, education and passion are in food, and by self-study and through healing my own family I act as a guide in implementing proper diets that have already been recommended by a healthcare practitioner. I am also happy to help create individualized meal plans.