Announcement: Say Hello to What Great Grandma Ate

Hello and Happy New Year! You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. Well, that’s because I’ve been preparing my blog to launch with a new look and name.

For several months, I haven’t been feeling like myself with the name, Primal Health with Jean. It was a great name to start out with when I wasn’t sure what direction my blog was going in. I was still very new to the blogging world and wasn’t firmly grounded on my nutritional stance either. Yes, I still believed eating real, whole foods. High quality meats and organic local veggies and fruits have always been a staple of my diet.

However, I started wanting to be more than that. Within the past year, I got certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and read through books and resources about all aspects of health. I learned about traditional methods of cooking and eating, like the incredible benefits of fermented foods and how it’s possible to eat grains by preparing it properly. I also realized that a healthy lifestyle is more than just food. Our skin care, sleep, how we handle our emotions, and what environment we spend time in have an incredible impact on our well-being.

When I looked at the various components of health as a whole, I saw a unified theme emerge. We had to go back to the times before factory farming and chemical pesticides, before fat was vilified and refined sugar was the most accessible ingredient at any grocery store, and before we sat in a cubicle for 10 hours a day. We had to go back to before we were too busy or too occupied with our electronics to spend time with our community and loved ones or go on a walk in nature. We had to go back to before we were swallowing and injecting endless amounts of pharmaceutical drugs that only masked our symptoms, instead of treating the source of the disease.

Michael Pollan once said, “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” By eating what our great grandmother ate (and living how she lived), we can trace ourselves back to the times before obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and digestive disorders were an everyday occurrence. It dawned on me that everything I was doing to achieve my own health goals aligned completely with what our great grandmothers were doing more than a century ago.

This is how I came up with What Great Grandma Ate. You can still expect to find nourishing recipes and health articles like before. What you’ll find new are traditional food preparations and tricks, more about my own health issues that I’ve been treating, and DIY posts for natural and safe skin care and home cleaning. Hope you’ll enjoy this change and additional components.

I’ve been doing the entire redesign and transfer on my own with a bit of help from my web-savvy fiancé (so weird to call him that), so I appreciate your patience and understanding in case you find some technical glitches during the transition.

Thanks and love to you all!

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