About Mary

My story begins with a love for baking!  Although it was really more likely a love for sweets.  Baking was what I was good at, what I was known for.  And it made people happy!  I started very young – my mom would write out recipes in her lovely big letters reserved especially for new readers.  Old Fashioned Apple Cake.  That was the first thing I made, all by myself – I think I was about 6.  It was so fun! 🙂  So I baked and cooked almost daily.  I made breakfast every morning for my family: french toast, coffee cakes, bread, cinnamon buns, pancakes, tea rings, along with cookies, cakes, pies, you name it!  It was my art form.

My motivations for baking were good!  I was making people happy!  It was fun, tasty, and I was helping my mom!  Or at least I was trying to.  I went on to Culinary School, to get my degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.  I was good at it, and really enjoyed it.

What I didn’t realize, was that all the sugar was creating pretty major blood sugar imbalances, which was stressing my adrenals, which was stressing my whole body.  The gluten that I ate multiple times per day, was tearing little holes in my small intestines.  This created something known as Intestinal Permeability, where undigested foods got through those holes, into my blood stream.  My immune system didn’t recognize the undigested food, and started attacking it.  I started getting allergic reactions to all sorts of foods, and I didn’t even know what was happening!  Early in my teens I developed a rather severe case of rosacea, my digestion was compromised, leading to all sorts of imbalances.  I treated my rosacea with antibiotics, which hurt my gut further.  My gut issues contributed to some emotional issues, (I do think there is a connection!) and in my early 20s I developed an eating disorder.  I did eat, but my perspective on food and exercise was quite distorted.  My diet was either absolutely “spotless”, or absolutely horrible – and my weight yo-yoed.  I ended up losing my period for 3 years, and I was exhausted.  During that time, I started to desperately seek answers.

My emotional healing came (and is still coming!) from God.  He was so kind and gentle with me during those rough years!  I am so utterly thankful for His presence, and His Light in my life.

My physical healing has been such a journey.  It started by embracing Real Food.  I found the Weston A. Price Foundation, which made so much sense to me!  It embraces traditional diets, whole foods, and proper preparation – all such good stuff!  But it just didn’t help me much.  At all!  It almost made me worse.  I couldn’t figure it out!  Until I realized, with the help of knowledgeable practitioners, wonderful books, and nutrition courses- that I had allergies.  My intestinal lining was compromised, and I had developed allergies to healthy foods: eggs (even good pastured ones!), dairy (even raw, grass-fed), gluten/grains (even soaked or sprouted), nightshades, nuts, and seeds.  When I eliminated those things from my diet – wonderful things started happening!

My energy improved, my skin cleared (it isn’t done, though!) my joints felt better, and I didn’t desperately want a nap every afternoon.  And I have been improving on multiple levels!  I’m so grateful to be where I am on my journey to health.

I think that most people have lots of damage to undo (myself included).  In today’s toxic world, it can feel like swimming upstream.  Heavy metals, histamines, liver issues, poor digestion, candida, autoimmune issues, you name it!  It is certainly a journey, and I am determined that it will be a pleasant one.  With that in mind, I studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and the Nutritional Therapy Association, and am not done.  God has created innumerable ways that our bodies can heal, I am overwhelmed by the extent of it.   I feel so blessed to be on this journey, and I greatly desire to help other people find their healing, too!  🙂

528759_284456208325945_2046241195_nThis is my husband and I at a costume party – I’m not very good at costumes – but I have aprons and wooden spoons!  And our neighbors helped us with the head gear… 🙂


16 thoughts on “About Mary

  1. I clicked over to your blog to read one recipe and, before I knew it, I was several pages in! I really love your easy & tasty looking recipes ~ I can’t wait to make them! So far it looks like we have quite a few things in common! I was also married last year, I’m interested in enrolling with IIN & I’m working to heal my body through exercise & food!! Plus, we have the same wordpress layout lol! 🙂

    • Heather, that’s so neat! Thank you for the compliments 🙂 I subscribed to your blog too, I love simplicity and so many blogs are so busy. I love yours 🙂 Let me know if I can answer any questions about IIN! I’d be happy to help that way 🙂 Mary

      • Aww, thank you for the kind words, Mary! And I will definitely come to you with my questions! Oh & I realized about 5 minutes ago that now we are in 2013, lol. So I was married the year before last. Whoops! 😉

      • If you find Simple and Merry on FB – you can send me a private message about IIN (if you want to!) I found it a wonderful experience, but I would recommend it for particular people more than others depending on what the person wanted to do with it… 🙂 No pressure, though!

  2. Just stumbled upon your blog. Love it! I’m finishing up the NTP program in a couple of weeks so if you want to connect with anyone who has been through it, feel free to email me.

  3. So happy to have discovered your blog, Mary. Laura, Randy and adorable Eliana are staying with us this weekend, and Laura told me about your recipes. I was diagnosed with MS 19 years ago and have “treated” it with diet (much like a paleo) from the beginning, eliminating foods to which I am sensitive and supplements. I am healthy and well as long as I stay with it! Thank you for your creative work. I look forward to trying your recipes (minus the maple syrup)..

  4. Hey Mary! I stumbled upon your blog and I’m so thankful for it! I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis several years ago and have been trying different diet strategies in hopes of getting my disease into remission. Thanks for sharing your efforts!
    Natalie Bridges

  5. What a lovely blog! Have you seen the documentary, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”? I just recently watched it and thought you might find it intriguing. The man who did the doc suffered from a skin condition for which he lived on prednisone and other meds. Through his diet and exercise, he was able to completely alleviate the skin condition and get off the meds. I found it on Netflix.

  6. Hi Mary, WOW! I fell in love with your blog. its so organized & a wealth of information. Maybe you could advise me on how to make my blog better & more organized. Any comments are greatly appreciated. I am so lost, even with their forums. Thank you, P.J.

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