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Heyyo! Welcome to my Cave Girl Eats blog. I’m Liz. Nice to meetcha.
I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (boring.) and amateur homesteader (weird?) who blogs (surprise, surprise…) and writes books (hooray!) about nutrition and natural skincare. I co-host the FREE, top-rated, weekly, ridiculously fun Balanced Bites Podcast with New York Times Bestselling author Diane Sanfilippo (fancy).
I don’t just hang out here, so be sure to sign up for all the adventures through Email Monday. It’s a Cave Girl Eats extravaganza!
This blog is my labor of love, and will be read by the two members of my immediate family (Husband and Paleo Pooch) and, if I’m lucky, New Kids on the Block heart-throb Jordan Knight. (I can dream.)
I’ve been rockin’, rollin’ and bloggin’ here since 2010, and I live (and eat) by my food philosophy: Nutrition in 100 Words.
Full disclosure: I’m a horrible cook. But I try. That said – I’m hoping you stopped by for the charm and not the recipes.
I’ve broken food neuroses, diet obsessions, and completely changed my health through the food principles I advocate. I explain more on my “What’s Paleo?” page. It’s not about dieting. It’s about knowledge, taking control, and overall, balance. And also, eating the egg yolks. Always.
Since starting this blog, I’ve moved with my husband and my Pooch from New Jersey to a 15-acre homestead, complete with barn and barn cat, near where we grew up – in the good old Midwest. No, neither one of us has a clue what we’re doing, nor is farming (or gardening, for that matter) “in the family.”
We’re trying, failing, and having a blast being beginner homesteaders, working to become more sustainable and self-sufficient on this health journey. We’ve got goats, chickens, guinea fowl, stray puppies, and lots of crazy wildlife (and a few weird outfits).
In addition to putting my every half-formed thought on the interblogs and in my Email Monday newsletter (sign up! It’s fun), I have a “real job.” I’m a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner working primarily with non-profits. (Click here for a few words from my professional site on building a nutrition practice).
I’m slowly but surely working on my Master’s degree in Public Health. In addition to my books, I have a regular column in Paleo Magazine. I consider myself a “writer.” (Always in “finger quotes.”)
This blog is not a “Manifesto.” It’s not a rigid, uncompromising place built around dietary judgment or pass/fail food ideals. There are no “rules” here – only information (and plenty of aimless blather). I am constantly learning and seeking, and I’m willing to adopt new views as wisdom guides me. There’s an exceedingly small chance that I’ve been wrong once or twice. (Don’t tell Husband I said so.)
I want everyone to know it’s possible, it’s easy, it’s FUN, it’s makes sense to eat and live with the ideas of the Paleo/Primal/Real Food movements in mind. Our bodies are designed to be healthy and vibrant when we fuel ourselves right. The biggest challenge is working through all the myths and bullgarbage we’ve been spoon-fed for years about food and health – which is why I wrote my book!
Eating locally-raised meats and locally-grown produce represents the commitment to be a responsible steward of this amazing planet. This isn’t hippie-ism – It’s science, endocrinology, and biology – and it’s pretty darn phenomenal. It’s what I’ve observed to be revolutionary in my own life, as well as the lives of others.
Reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price solidified my belief that “traditional” diets provide – historically and currently – the raw materials for healthy living, and this realization enriched my view of the Paleo, Primal and Real Food movements. The word “traditional” simply represents the foods eaten before feedlots, global commerce, the refinement of sugar and grains, and the hydrogenation of fats changed our “food landscape” from one of local goods to one of easy, cheap and shelf-stable products. It represents a time when real fat was cherished as the nutrient-rich, nourishing food it is; when egg yolks were never thrown away, and when we weren’t so damn confused by nutrition dogma that we completely lost our ability to recognize real food.
While “traditional” diets varied greatly from one corner of the globe to another, they all relied on locally produced, natural, nutrient-filled foods free of refined sugar, refined flour, processed fats, and heavy industrial manipulation. There were no feedlots. There were no “Diets.” Fats and natural cholesterol were valued and enjoyed. Nourishing food was cherished. Heart disease, diabetes, autoimmunity, and Diet-peddling TV doctors were virtually unknown.
These are values we can emulate today!
Watch this video for some serious chills when Dr. Price calls himself “a missionary from” the healthy cultures he studied – and maybe for a small giggle when the pec-smacking ensues.
In short – eat food as it occurs in nature. Eat meat and fat (yes, FAT!) from pasture-raised animal sources; enjoy the “odd bits” if you dare; use cold-pressed plant fats from foods like avocados, olives and coconut; use herbs & spices at will; and eat as many veggies and fruits as you desire. Variety is key. And don’t forget the lifestyle side: Play! Lift heavy things – whether a barbell, a bucket, or a baby – and do your best to sleep when the sun goes down. Don’t stress. You’ll be full, happy, and well. Simple.
Living this way is all about gratitude – loving and appreciating the amazing foods that are provided for us on this incredible planet. The foods that are proven to keep us balanced and healthy. We can show our gratitude for these provisions by doing our best to support planet-healing sustainable agriculture and local farmers. Eat Wild is a terrific resource.
In conclusion: the purpose of this blog is twofold: It is a vehicle for the distribution of my
internal monologue brilliant ideas to the world; and – wait…I suppose the purpose of this blog is onefold.
I love my two-ish readers, and if I can share my joy about living this way with even one of them, I’m a happy Cave Girl.
Thanks for being here!
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