Rooted & Rustic Manifesto: Nourish Health. Power Life.

Credit: My very talented graphic designer, close friend, and college roommate, Kristen Carrier, designed this graphic as a way of bringing my thoughts to life.

Credit: My very talented graphic designer, close friend, and college roommate, Kristen Carrier, designed this graphic as a way of bringing my thoughts to life.


Years ago, in my youth, I spent my Junior semester in France “studying” French and history. I use the word “studying” loosely since it was more like an exploration of culture, food, art and travel. I learned a great deal about the European food and lifestyle during my travels, hopping from train to train on weekends and holidays.

Aix en Provence, France, in 1996.

Aix en Provence, France, in 1996.

The school I attended in Aix-en-Provence was located within the Provence region of southern France, very close to the Mediterranean Sea. It was the first time I had experienced France culture, fashion, lifestyle and delicious cuisine. The foods were rich in flavor, fresh from the market, simple in preparation, and shared around a table of laughter for hours. My Mediterranean experience was a total game-changer, and when I returned to the U.S., I had a whole new perspective on food.

St. Emilion, France, vineyards in 1996. 

St. Emilion, France, vineyards in 1996. 

After finishing college, I went back to school for nutrition since I just had to learn more. 

Even now living in Spain, twenty years later, I continue to learn from the locals. My perspective as an American dietitian and Mediterranean mom has afforded me the chance to try, test and tweak various approaches to eating well and feeding a family. There is not one diet to rule them all, and no one has it all figured out when it comes to food and health. Yet, we can pay more attention to the cultures where people feel better and live longer—such as Mediterraneans.

Since those early years in France to my current life in Spain, I've been paying attention. I´ve been watching, asking, sharing, learning, testing, teaching. . .and eating.

Barcelona, Spain, with my children in 2016

Barcelona, Spain, with my children in 2016

As a result, I have incorporated my findings, experiences, and professional knowledge into my modern-day approach, which I call the Rooted and Rustic Manifesto. It´s meant as a guide to help us navigate through the barrage of nutrition overload, fad diets, and food marketing. It serves as a simple guide for eating better and living longer—based on both science and culture. You can see the details how I created it here.

When you eat better,
you feel better, and have the
power to nourish your mission in life.

 

Whatever your ambitions in life may be, you want to feel your best as you pursue them!

Your mission might be to raise amazing children. . .or, share your talents with others. . .or, do the work you love. . .or, see the world.

My mission is to help superwomen—mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers—eat better, nourish health, and power their mission in life.

Below is the Healthy Out of Habit Rooted and Rustic Manifesto to nourish yourself and power life.