Welcome to Wholly Rooted. As my friends know, I have taken a break from blogging for awhile, focusing on writing and photography and communicating mostly via Instagram and Facebook. We had a few rounds of allergy testing on both of my boys, which gave us answers we needed, but greatly impacted our lives and habits. While we have always been a whole foods kind of family, learning of so many severe food allergies for my older son answered so many questions and yet also changed everything about what we eat, how we shop, where we go, and how we prepare meals. Since then, we have been working to adjust our diets to accommodate the varying needs of the four of us. It was a lot of learning, experimenting, and adapting, but we have found our groove!
As we worked through allergies and intolerances and adjusted diets I realized I wanted to learn more about the science behind nutrition and herbalism. My own decades of experience in herbalism, natural home, organic living, and whole foods gave me my own experiential knowledge, but I felt like I needed a lot more in depth knowledge to help my family through so many allergies and intolerances while also healing and improving. I don't want my severe food allergy son to just survive his allergies, I want him to thrive. And so I recently began programs in both Natural Nutrition from CSNN, and Family Herbalism from Vintage Remedies. Both are evidence based with a healthy dose of facts and I am really enjoying it. By having a deeper understanding of the foundations of our bodies, cells, immune systems, and processes, I feel like we are able to heal and sustain, improve, and feel great! While it is a learning journey that will continue for years to come, I have been so happy to see my son feeling better. I'm so happy that *I* have been feeling better (more on that soon).
During all of this I started working on a few projects which include my writing and photography. I have found there are so many families like ours who are looking for inspiration, ideas, and support - whether they are struggling with food allergies, intolerances, health issues, or just trying to incorporate more whole foods into their diets. It has made me realize it is time again to share. And while I know I will share a lot of recipes and things from my kitchen and garden, it isn't just a "food blog". In my past blogs I tried to separate life from food, thinking people who want recipes don't want to hear about my kids, people who are interested in life and unschooling don't want all my food stuff. That noone wants to hear about the needs of kids with sensory issues, allergies, or anything else. But the thing is, it is not separate. Whole Foods. Whole Life. One big juicy package.
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Where I used to blog: Mom in Madison. | Cook.Eat.Think.
I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, permaculture designer, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two young adults in south central Wisconsin.
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