My name is Ann Marie and I'm a mom with two young children, Kate and Oliver. We live with their daddy and my husband, Seth, and 2 cats, Bowie and Blackberry, a few blocks from the beach in Southern California.
Food is Medicine
While I love food and cooking, it's more than that for me. I believe food is medicine.
When I was 25 years old, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The pain in my knees was so bad, it would wake me up at night. And the arthritis was spreading to my fingers and elbows. I was also suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic sinus infections and colds, and seasonal allergies.
After a lot of research, I realized that I was gluten intolerant. I changed my diet and started taking strong probiotics, and I completely recovered from all my symptoms and reversed my arthritis and gluten intolerance in two years. Read the full story here.
Health Food Sucks
That said, I think most “health food” is vile. As Chef Mario Batali said once to Gwyneth Paltrow, “Soy milk tastes like dirty sheets.”
Further, a lot of so-called “health food” is not even good for you. Green smoothies are goitrogenic and cause hypothyroidism, almond milk and other non-dairy milks can make you psychotic, and kombucha and green tea are loaded with fluoride which causes all kinds of health problems from migraine headaches to arthritis to ovarian cysts.
I advocate eating traditional foods that humans have been thriving on for thousands and even millions of years. Butter, cheese, meat, gravy, and yes, bread and wine. This post sums up my health food philosophy: Top 5 Reasons Cheese, Bread and Wine are Health Foods.
Hell Yeah or Hell No
I also write about creating the life you want… traveling the world, make money from home, having the freedom to do more of what you love.
In the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” If you can't eat the bread and drink the wine, what's the point?
My blog is about living life to the fullest and taking risks to follow your dreams, even if it means doing things unconventionally and not listening to what everyone else says you should do.
Even if it means losing all your money and having everyone turn against you… yes, that happened to me recently. I built my first company to over a million dollars within 5 years… then lost everything. Read the full story.
I learned that running a million dollar company is all about making decisions. You have to learn to make decisions quickly and be willing to fail. Because it is through your mistakes that you learn.
Decision making and risk taking is about learning to trust your gut. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby who sold the company for $22 million. He said making decisions is easy… “Everything is either a hell yeah or a hell no. And if it's not a hell yeah, it's a hell no.”
Life goes by fast and one day it's over. You don't want to be lying there at the end of your life, thinking yeah, I never did much of anything. Maybe your life is boring. Maybe you're broke. Maybe you're miserable.
It might just be because you haven't taken enough risks.
Or maybe you're miserable and depressed and broke because you took a lot of risks and you just haven't recovered yet. Respect (fist bump)!
Give it a little time. When you take risks, you often fail, and then you're miserable for a while, but then in time you rebound and you're a better person for it. I've been there, done that, got the t-shirt. And YES! I am stronger and happier having gone through it.
But most people I know who are miserable/depressed/broke, it's because they haven't taken enough risks and are just wallowing in mediocrity (the safety zone). If you are reading this blog, maybe you want more out of your life. I hope I can inspire you.
I've very grateful I have this precious opportunity to work from home building a business I love and raise my children. I am really loving this joyful time in my life.
I'm also very grateful to all my readers and followers. You are my extended community of food lovers, risk takers and truth tellers that I cherish very, very much. Thank you so much to each and every one of you for reading and commenting and sharing.
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