Hey there! Welcome to Feeding Daniel, a place for nourishing, beautiful, and real food to inspire you. I’m Rachel, and Daniel’s my husband and willing recipient of all things recipe testing and mistake-eating and such.
I learned to cook in the kitchen with my mom, and some of my favorite childhood memories are standing on a stool and stirring a bowl of something. I remember making pasta from scratch, big batches of cookies, and always getting to lick the spoon.
My relationship with food took some complicated turns in my teen and college years, when I struggled with anorexia and bulimia. After a lot of healing and counseling, I began to again see food as fuel and medicine, and not as the enemy and something to be feared. After college I experimented with veganism for 2.5 years, and rediscovered my love for cooking as I tried all kinds of new things. However, my body didn’t thrive on a vegan diet and after those few years, I was tired, lethargic, and suffered daily headaches and joint pain, along with digestive issues. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After trying everything else to relieve my symptoms, I realized that it might be my diet and made the decision to add animal products back into my diet. Soon my symptoms began to improve, and my energy returned. However, I was still experiencing a lot of digestive issues, including gas and constipation constantly. After talking with my mom and sister, who both avoid wheat due to digestive symptoms like I was experiencing, I decided to lay off the grains for a while and see how I felt.
I love the logic behind eating Paleo and it makes sense to me. I’m learning to feed my body how it was designed to eat and help it to thrive with simple, quality ingredients. I get my inspiration from veggies in our garden, and buy meat from local farmers at our market. I’m new to this way of eating but am excited to learn!
Rachel’s favorite things:
Yoga is amazing and makes me feel so so great! It is such an exciting thing when I nail a new inversion or find a better way to pose in my practice.
Cycling is also a big part of my life. Daniel and I took a 3-month-long bike tour this summer on the West Coast, camping along the way. It was the adventure of a lifetime.
Other things I love? Jesus. Hot coffee with cream. Deep conversations with friends. Spring flowers. Good books. Yes!
Thank you for visiting this blog and supporting me! I’d love to get to know you more and hear about your culinary adventures, your health journey, and your favorite things. 🙂