Good morning everyone. It's been a FUN week! My rockin' awesome sister took care of our kids so we could fly to Denver for the Rainmaker conference. It was a business trip, but extra fun because Kent came along this time. He was able to meet some of “my people” and learn more about the online world I'm involved with. Plus did I mention we were alone in a hotel for four days? We need to do getaways like that more often. 😉
The photo above is us in the limo from the airport with Seth and Katie (from SpearsMarketing.com and WellnessMama.com), along with Damon, their attorney friend. Not pictured is Damon's wife, and Daniel and Heather from Mommypotamus.com. Also on this trip were Antony and Emily from HolisticSquid.com, and of course we met some new people, too. So besides learning a lot of really good stuff (and just in time for my big announcement below!), we had a blast with our little real foodie group of bloggers among the bigger group of online professionals who were at the conference.
Here's another shot of our group: (Heather, Katie, Damon, Michael, Emily, Seth, Hollis, Julia, Antony, Daniel, Kent)
One of our favorite things to do when Kent and I travel to other cities is to walk all over and explore, and go to morning Mass at different new and beautiful churches. Here are a couple pictures of the Denver Cathedral that I thought you might like:
And here's the crazy delicious sushi (and my lemon drop martini) that we had one night in case you missed it on my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (Click those links to follow me there if you're not already!)
My BIG Announcement!
It's been a loooooooong time coming, but I'm super excited and proud to announce that my brand new Real Food for Rookies book is DONE! We got home from Denver and opened the box of paperback books, it was such a crazy feeling guys.
What's it about?
You can’t DO better until you KNOW better!
That's the whole reason I wrote the book, to help those of you ready to feed your family better, but who just need fresh motivation or a friendly, clear, helpful nudge to get you going in the right direction.
Here's the description from Amazon:
Who knew that FOOD could make such a difference?
It wasn't that many years ago that I didn't have a clue how to feed my family well. To be honest, it wasn't even on my radar to pay much attention to what I was feeding them, I just didn't think food made that big of a difference. It was all about what was cheap, what tasted good, and what was fast and convenient to throw together. Even though we struggled helping our kids in school, and there were behavioral issues that had us under constant stress, I still didn't make the connection.
Ironically, it wasn't until 2004 when I started to gain weight that I was led to what I now call my “food conversion”, and all because a friend introduced me to the Weston Price Foundation. I clicked onto the WAPF website and as I started reading, the light bulbs in my brain clicked on, too. I learned that food is powerful. It can make us sick and miserable, or it can nourish us and give us energy and vitality!
It wasn't easy getting the family switched over.
There were many food flops and some complaining, but I eventually learned how to take our family favorite recipes and adapt them into much better-for-you versions. They TASTE so much better now too!
I also learned where to find the right foods—it was difficult for many years, but sourcing real food from the farm or finding the best foods at the grocery store is easier now, as long as you know what to look for.
I want to help you learn more quickly and without feeling overwhelmed like I did!
Here's how Real Food for Rookies will help you:
Adapting recipes will come natural to you!
—> So you can take any family favorite and make it not only healthy, but more delicious too!
Learn which ingredients are best and which to avoid.
—> No more wondering if the groceries you buy are worth the cost or even safe.
Learn which fats we should be using and and in which recipes.
—> You'll be able to avoid the bad-for-you fats that make you and your loved ones more prone to obesity and chronic disease.
Get the real scoop on why buying fat-free and low-fat is not a good choice.
—> So you'll know how to keep such nutrient-poor “food” out of your grocery cart!
Find out when buying organic matters.
—> You can stop spending extra money when it's not necessary.
Become informed on which grocery store foods often LIE on their labels.
—> Don't be duped so can choose wisely.
You'll get a top ten list of foods to avoid and a top ten list of superfoods to eat more often.
—> This is simple, clear, and easy to incorporate into your life.
If you've thought of switching to more nutrient-dense, fresh milk, find out what *exactly* you should look for.
—> And learn which kinds of milk you should never ever buy.
Do you wonder what's the big deal with fish oils? Learn which brands are the better, safer choice.
—> No more wasting your money on junk that won't have much benefit and could even be harmful.
Find out how to avoid all the major obstacles when switching over to real food.
—> Get the help you need to stay motivated, to deal with family complaints, to find the time to implement these new ideas, and to afford this lifestyle as well.
Being overwhelmed can paralyze you into doing nothing.
—> The simple explanations in this book will keep you moving forward on the journey so you're not stuck in uncertainty and confusion, and so you can make a real, lasting difference in your family's health.
This book has everything you need all in one place so you can help your family thrive!