Our Mission

We live in a world of food confusion! Everyone has an opinion, a diet, or a potion that is the “key” to health and longevity. If you have just entered the journey of wanting to get your body back to a state of health it can be daunting and frustrating. Who do you believe and where do you start?

On top of that, we have all grown up with statements such as,

 

“You have to eat meat to get enough protein”

 

“Milk does a body good!”

 

“You have to drink milk to get enough calcium”

 

And my personal favorite,

 

“This disease has nothing to do with your diet.”

When I started down the road of wellness, I had no idea how much my thinking had been shaped from the time of my childhood with statements and false information. School taught us the “food pyramid”, we were given fluoride treatments in class, we were inundated with “Fortified with this or that” commercials and taught that we would break a bone if we didn’t drink milk, and the egg is not only edible but incredible!  Once I decided to wipe the slate clean and start by researching for myself, thinking for myself and 
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having no preconceived ideas, I discovered that a whole new world of knowledge opened up to me and on top of that my health was getting better.

When I started down the road of wellness, I had no idea how much my thinking had been shaped from the time of my childhood with statements and false information. School taught us the “food pyramid”, we were given fluoride treatments in class, we were inundated with “Fortified with this or that” commercials and taught that we would break a bone if we didn’t drink milk, and the egg is not only edible but incredible!  Once I decided to wipe the slate clean and start by researching for myself, thinking for myself and having no preconceived ideas, I discovered that a whole new world of knowledge opened up to me and on top of that my health was getting better.

Over my years of being an herbalist, I have collected a mod podge of interesting ideas through lifestyles I’ve lived.  I’ve gleaned from great authors, herbalists, iridologists, foragers, gardeners, scientists, botanists, chemists, etc. I’ve tucked away years of good information from all my health heroes, but their “whole” philosophy wasn’t quite a fit for my family. That is where Herbaldashery was born. As I spent years becoming a Master Herbalist and applying all the principles I learned, I formed a plan that has worked for myself, my family, and my clients.

What I learned

Herbaldasherys slogan is “Eat Happy, Be Healthy” because I was running across a lot of grumpy eaters that were just following fad diet after fad diet, and weren’t seeing long term, healthy results. One thing I learned over the years is that life is all about balance. I learned that when you are changing someone’s habits, creating an extreme program is hard for people to stick with longer than a few days. I realized that I needed a simpler, easier path to good health that people could maintain through all of life’s stages.

So I like to think of Herbaldashery as a bridge between two extremes.  When I first started working with people, I noticed most of my clients were addicted to the Standard American Diet which is heavily weighted towards meat, dairy, and processed foods. I realized I needed to gently bridge the gap from where they started to where they needed to be. Through cleanses and detoxing, I would get my clients used to not eating meat and dairy for a set period of time so they could experience what it feels like to go without.  Many of them would return to their old way of eating afterward. As they would start feeling bad again, we’d cleanse again. With some clients (and some family members) we would do this over and over again until the transition would finally stick. They were basically learning through a “field-research” style.  They could see and feel the results. It wasn’t just words they were reading in a book. For these people, knowing that they could have a piece of chicken if they wanted, made it easier for them to eat plant-based at least 80% of the time.

Throughout my blog, you will notice that I use the word “plant-based” instead of “vegan” that is because most of the things that I cook are plant-based even though I do eat fish or chicken occasionally and will use an egg from time to time (although I also make very convincing alternatives to eggs, meat and cheese).  Because of that, I don’t use the word vegan very often, since most vegans I know are very strict with their eating and about their philosophy of living. A vegan will not eat any animal products or animal derivatives and they don’t wear leather.  That is out of the scope of the people I primarily work with since I mostly focus on eating for good health reasons and not for any particular cause. 

When I help people transition their diet, I allow some plant-based processed foods in the beginning and then teach people gradually how to replace those things with healthier, more natural alternatives. It has worked every time. I have some clients who have transitioned to a whole foods diet and are very happy and some who may always have a little processed food in their lives for convenience.

After you read this letter, go on to look at the charts that I have available for you under the “Start Here” tab. These are “hand-outs” I give to my clients during an initial consultation. It will give you a picture of where we are heading and it explains how the body reacts to food and how you can be in control of your health.

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Welcome to the journey, let the adventure begin……