The first few FAQs here are actual emails I’ve received along with my replies, after those I’ve included questions that I thought might be helpful to cover…

Q:  I’m interested in your class “Real Food for Rookies”, however, I’m due with my 2nd child soon and don’t see how I will have the time. 

A:  You can watch/read/listen whenever you can make it work, it’s on your own schedule!

Q:  I wanted to know when the classes are and how long they will last?  Do I have to be there live to watch them or can I watch anytime?

A:  They’re all recorded ahead of time so you don’t have to be there to see them or listen live.  🙂  You can click in to watch/listen/download/read the materials whenever it works for you.  Hope that helps!

Q:  I’m afraid to ask this question, but here goes…  I am considering taking the rookie class. Here’s the deal….I’m a terrible cook! I wish I wasn’t but I am.  I want to feed my family healthy foods but I’m even terrible at the yucky American diet – I’m not even good at the junk, much less healthy stuff.  Is this class helpful to people who are terrible cooks? I mean I need 4th grade girl basic!  Also, we live in a rural country area and the only local grocery store is Wal-Mart. We have a few farmer’s markets, but I don’t think any are organic. It is about a 60 to 90 mile drive to get to a city with a variety of grocery store options. Will this class still benefit me with only a Wal-Mart?

A:  Wow, you are so cool for being so honest and open!!! I would LOVE to help you!!! Here’s the deal, if you take this class I would ask you to email and ask ANY question that you need help with! I will answer your questions because I want this class to be helpful for the super beginners! If I forget something very basic in a lesson, I hope you’ll ask so I can cover it all!  Sometimes when I’ve been doing something so long, I forget how it was for the beginner, but I’m REALLY going to try not to do this.  As far as your Wal-mart question – my main concern is meat, but if you can make the drive to a good farm every so often and stock up, then you’ll be good!  And farmer’s markets have great local produce so that’s still better than any organic stuff you’ll find at Wal-mart.  I don’t want to overwhelm you, that’s the whole point of this class, so I hope you’ll sign up so I can help you with anything you need to be able to wrap your brain around all this – you’re a great Mom for wanting to do the best for your kids and I know you can do it! I’m a flop at a lot of things, too, so you’re in good company. 🙂

Q:  My daughter has severe allergies to all dairy, all grains (except rice) and peanuts/nuts.  Also allergic to several other things, coconut for one.  Can I still benefit from the cooking class with so many “handicaps” in the kitchen?

A:  Wow, that must be so difficult feeding your daughter with so many allergies!  As a side question, have you ever tried the GAPS Diet for her?  (Here’s a good starting point to read more:  Gaps Diet for Rookies.)  Many have been healed of their food allergies with this diet.

Anyway, only part of my class includes actual recipes, most of the class is about how to find Real Food, what that means for our health, how to figure out what to believe, how to read ingredient labels, what to ask at the farm, and other stuff like that.  For the recipes, I’ll mention substitutions, plus you may already know which substitutions work for your family.  So yes, I think this class would still be great to help you learn all the basics, even if the bread and dairy class may be hit and miss a little as far as what you can use there.

Q:  What if I’m not a rookie?

A:  You could still benefit because we can all learn something new by watching how someone else does things in their kitchen.  Also, it can help you get out of a cooking rut that we all get into at times.  OR, you could use the class to learn more so you’ll know how to help someone along in their real food journey.  Lastly, sometimes we have been doing something for so long that we forget why. This would be the perfect refresher.  🙂

Q:  Do I need any special equipment or ingredients?

A:  This class is meant to teach you the basics and how you can incorporate these Real Food principles into your life.  I don’t want you to stress about any of it.  Watch, read, learn, and ask questions when needed, and then make your plan as far as how you’ll go forward from there.  You don’t need to buy anything ahead of time.

Q:  What kind of time commitment will this class require?

A:  Each class will vary from 45 minutes to 90 minutes or so to get through all the materials.  (Some classes have more audios or videos than others in the interest of keeping the content organized and where it flows the best.)  Keep in mind though, that you can watch/read/listen to everything in the class whenever works best for you!

Q:  What if I have more specific questions?

A:  You can ask me anything, anytime, and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.  If I don’t know the answer to your question, I often post it on Facebook, so others can help us figure things out!