Growing up, Kathryn Watkins always followed a whole foods diet and lived pretty health consciously. But for her, the turning moment when she really started to embrace the paleo lifestyle was after the birth of her son three years ago. Towards the end of her pregnancy, liver complications sent her on the path towards better health, which meant less processed foods, a more individualized diet, and eating for nourishment.


Her cooking skills were put to the test after her son was diagnosed with a dairy and nut allergy at 18 months. It meant learning how to substitute ingredients like butter and cheese in recipes so her son could eat, and for Kathryn, that was a pretty steep learning curve. 


A year later, Kathryn was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease, which further strengthened her commitment to eating paleo and embracing the mentality that food nourishes the body. She started following the GAPS/paleo diet that was tailored to her needs and has made great strides to healing her body, not to mention learning how medicinal food can be. 


Kathryn has a love for cooking and finds deep sense of satisfaction and joy in serving others through food. For her, nothing compares to the feeling of accomplishment when her son tries a new recipe and gives his two thumbs up of approval! While always having a passion for food, her perspective and mindset about food have changed significantly. She finds that thinking about how certain foods will strengthen and nourish her body, as well as how a food will make her feel, really helps to put a positive spin on her relationship with food, and she highly encourages others to do the same. 


She likes to share with others the idea that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland, overly time consuming or complicated—some of the best tasting meals are the simplest to make. Although her son loves his food, he definitely prefers playtime over cooking, so most of Kathryn’s meals are simple and incorporate many of the same ingredients in different ways throughout the week to cut down on prep time. 


Have a look at Kathryn’s Pork Biscuit Baskets Recipe!


If you’re interested in checking out Kathryn’s recipes and what new and exciting things she’s cooking up, head on over to her Instagram account @healinginsideout_.


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