GF GIRL NEXT DOOR: Two Inspirational Women: Diana Rodgers and Melissa Hartwig

The month of May was all about food education. I attended two different events where I had the opportunity to hear inspirational women speak about their lifestyles and how they’ve found a balance between eating delicious food and taking care of their bodies.

The first was Diana Rodgers – blogger at Sustainable Dish and author of The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook. Not only does she own her own nutrition practice, but she lives on an organic farm where she raises her own animals and grows her own produce. In her newest book, she speaks about the process of farm to table paleo. Her book includes, “how-tos to inspire anyone to have a healthy, balanced lifestyle and a closer connection to their food—whether you live in a house in the suburbs, a farmhouse in the countryside, or an apartment in the city The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook shows you how.” I personally hope to have a small farm or garden someday where I can grow my own fresh vegetables and maybe even raise some chickens.

I’m not a nutritionist or a certified RD, but I do see myself as being pretty knowledgable about food and how it makes me feel. It’s people like Diana that allow others to learn about what’s going on in their body and what they can maybe do to start feeling better. I learn something new everyday about food, and I love continuing to educate myself by reading blogs and books from authors like Diana.


Just a few days later, I went to see NH native Melissa Hartwig, creator of the Whole30 program and author of It Starts With Food and The Whole30, speak. She was joined (and perfectly interviewed) by Melissa Joulwan, author of Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and the blog The Clothes Make The Girl. First off, I want to be best friends with these two women. They were absolutely hilarious and so down to earth; it was very easy to relate to their stories. To me, the Whole30 program is like a reset button. In her new book, The Whole30, she talks about the emotions your body goes through with food and I believe this is a very important conversation to have. We’ve grown up in a society, where food is more of a “want” than a “need,” and what I mean by that is we eat off of our emotions rather than when we are actually hungry. I think this is a great program to help different individuals get on track.

The time to start is now. Not next Monday, not a few weeks from now, not even “next season.” If you want to make a change on the outside, you first have to make a change on the inside, and that means what you eat. I can truly attest to the fact that when you eat real food, your mind and body (inside and out) will thank you.


Each of these women is dedicated to helping others on a path to better health. So I ask you, is today your day to do something your body and mind are going to thank you for later?


I am the Editor and Founder of the lifestyle and food blog “Hey, What’s the Dealio?” My blog is all about my love of food, working out, living a healthy life, spending time with family and friends, and getting the most out of every day. It’s about celebrating old family traditions and creating new ones that I can pass on. It’s about mixing the simple with the complicated and the savory with the sweet. In Fall 2013, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, so my blog includes a variety of gluten free and paleo recipes. I’m here to prove that gluten free and healthy recipes don’t have to be taste free. This blog is about me trying and creating recipes I love for the people I love. I associate family and friends with food and I associate food with happiness.

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