We are the Simply Nourished Dietitians. Nice to meet you!
Hey, hey! If you’re a regular around here you may have noticed that we post a lot of really amazing recipes with pretty pictures but we don’t talk much about ourselves…so we thought we’d step out from behind the camera and share a little about ourselves so you can get to know us better.
We started this little passion-project/food blog almost 6 months ago with a mission to make the world a healthier and more delicious place with our easy real food recipes. In that time our kitchens have seen a lot of dirty dishes and we’ve logged countless hours behind our cameras and laptops creating recipes we know you’re going to love. But something was missing.
It was us! We were missing. We were so head-down and full recipe-creating steam ahead that we almost forgot to introduce ourselves and share with you a little about how we got here, what we love and what we each struggle with.
We know that as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and real people that we bring a lot to the table when it comes to food. Both for nourishing the body and the soul. Our stories of reclaiming our health are different, yet similar, in that they both share the common thread of real food. We also bring to the table our unique perspectives on life both in the kitchen and out. So rather than hide behind the recipes we felt it was time we showed our faces and shared who we are.
We are passionate about what we do and we pour ourselves into everything we do here at Simply Nourished. Each recipe is created with purpose and with you in mind. Short and sweet ingredient lists and basic cooking techniques to help you spend less time in the kitchen. Wholesome ingredients to help you nourish that beautiful body of yours. Seasonal recipes that feature the freshest most nutrient-dense foods available to help you stick to a budget and honor your internal seasonal rhythms. Healthy treats to satisfy those cravings without compromising health or flavor. It’s all about you. Except for today. Today it’s about us!
Q: Where are you from?
Jessica: I live in Boulder, Colorado on a 1 ½ acre wanna-be urban homestead with my husband, two daughters and 40 chickens.
Stacie: I live near Easton, Minnesota, a little community of just 200 people. My husband and I along with our two spoiled pups and cat, live on a century farm, surrounded by fields and open space.
Q: How did you find Real Food?
After the birth of my second daughter and our move from Montana to Colorado I stumbled upon the Nourishing Traditions book by Sally Fallon. I picked up the book because I was skeptical that butter, egg yolks and lard could be healing. As a ‘classically trained’ Registered Dietitian I was
brainwashed of the belief that low-fat, high-fiber foods in shiny packages was the only way to eat ‘healthy’ despite the siren call of my inner real food goddess who desperately yearned for a simpler, more traditional, back-to-the-land life. Needless to say, I devoured the book in just under 3 days in the downtime between chasing a 3 year old and nursing an infant and I was hooked and in love with the romantic notions of making my own bread, fermenting vegetables and eating real butter. I started by tossing out the 1% milk and replacing it with full-fat raw milk from a local farmer that I found on Craigslist. In the year that followed I made it my mission to seek out as much information about real food as I could while continuing to make small changes in my family’s diet and here I am nearly 5 years later sharing my story and my passion for food that nourishes the body and the soul.
You can read more here about my real food journey and how I was able to take my life back from a debilitating autoimmune disease.
For years I followed a low-fat, low calorie diet complete with egg whites, 100-calorie snack packs, diet soda, fat-free heavily processed foods, Lean Cuisine microwaveable entrees, too many artificial sweeteners and who knows what else. As long as it fit into my calorie budget – I’d eat it. Sad but true.
Roughly 5 years ago, I came to a point where I was fed-up with being so conscious of calories and focused on the ‘numbers’ and was ready for a change. What put me over the edge to make this change was a bout of gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach) that I had been suffering from (ps: I had to prep for a colonoscopy the day before I left for my honeymoon–terrible, I tell ya!). Though the gastritis wasn’t necessarily food-related, but rather stressed-induced, it ultimately influenced me to become more in tune with my internal health and well-being. I was so sick of counting every freakin’ morsel of food that went into my mouth and yet never felt all that great, even though I was, or so I thought, consuming a healthy diet.
With low energy, an inflamed stomach, poor gut-health, and feeling like a train wreck, I knew that I needed a change. A big change! And that’s when I started my real food journey. I started reading books (lots of book), resourceful blogs, following real food advocates on social media, and simply started being more conscious of how the food that I was eating made me feel. I was on a mission to find peace with food, to throw all of my old food rules out the window and to nourish my body in a way that made me feel so good inside and out. It was a slow transition but I was determined. I remember the day I ate my first whole egg fried in butter (mouth watering experience) or switched from fat-free/sugar-free coffee creamer to using heavy cream in my coffee! Yes, heavy cream folks. It’s amazing and it’s high and fat. During that time I was also inspired to share this real food journey and educate others on consuming a diet rich in nourishing, real foods as well as to help them find peace with food. I know first hand the change is scary. Here I am today, doing exactly that and I couldn’t be more excited to share my journey and passion with you all. I hope I inspire you to live a healthier and happier life that’s abundant in tasty, nourishing and real food.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Do I have to pick just one?! This is the toughest question I get asked because I’m such a seasonal eater. The time of year truly dictates what my palate and body crave so if you ask me in the summer I’ll tell you juicy, sun-ripened blackberries or heirloom tomatoes. In the fall I’ll tell you crunchy rainbow carrots straight from the earth. Come winter I’m hooked on slow roasted or braised root vegetables and onions with sauerkraut. And when spring rolls around I’m all about asparagus. But before you go thinking I’m some kind of real food saint, I’ll tell you that I also love really dark chocolate with a glass of red wine and homemade cider doughnuts and sourdough bread.
Celery, kale, broccoli, swiss chard…..okay, kidding! Although, I enjoy those foods and the nourishing benefits they provide, they’re not my ‘favorite’ food. The first food that comes to my mind at this very moment is sweet potato fries. I LOVE sweet potato fries so much that when my husband and I dine out, which is seldom given our rural location, I usually base my restaurant choice on whether or not their menu has sweet potato fries. I’m all about balance here, people!
Now, If you asked my husband what my favorite food was, he’d probably say raw carrots sticks dipped in nut butter. He often finds me when he comes home from work snacking on this delicious combo. You might think it sounds odd, but I’d suggest that before you do any judging, to give it a try and report back! 🙂
Fried eggs are another definite favorite food and one I eat and look forward to daily. You can’t beat the crispy buttery edges and the hint of salt that comes with a perfectly, over-hard, fried egg. Oh, and roasted veggies! I adore roasting them with olive oil and fresh herbs from my garden. I actually prefer them over raw veggies. Bring on the veggies!
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we share our biggest food-related struggles and our #1 tip for eating a wholesome, nourishing diet.
Now it’s your turn! Please introduce yourself in the comments below and tell us what you’re passionate about.
To see what we’re up to during our everyday life, follow both of us on Instagram. Follow Jessica @jessicabeacom.dietitian and Stacie @staciehassing.dietitian. We’ll see you over on the IG where we’re getting real and sharing the real food love!
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