My name is Natalia Gill. I created this site to shine a light on simplicity for those carving a path of healthy living.
I’m posting everyday recipes, current health information and meal planning ideas as well as some of our adventures in positive discipline (no closer link than food and behavior!)
I am a Dr. Sears certified health consultant and a Pilates and yoga teacher with extensive training and experience. Since 2001 I’ve worked with hundreds of people from all walks of life including competitive athletes, post-rehab clients, children and the elderly.
My interest in the health and movement of the body was sparked at a young age when I became fascinated with a television commercial for a book on home remedies. I grew up experimenting in the kitchen, doing back flips and poring over books about nutrition and healing. Later, while studying French and International Business in college, I devoted a lot of time to learning Pilates & yoga and created and wrote the health column “The Student Body” for The Red & Black daily newspaper.
After college I worked a demanding job as a Project Engineer and taught Pilates and yoga classes in the evenings. Arriving home drained each day after an hour-long commute, it became challenging to put my passion for health into practice. Instead, I was usually plopped down on the couch or in front of the computer (again!) eating foods sorely lacking in the nutrition that I needed to recover from a physically and mentally exhausting day. It took a toll on my health.
But by looking at the rhythms of my day as a puzzle, I took it piece by piece and turned my health around. I often use this “piece-by-piece” approach both with my students and my family (I am married with two children, ages 6 and 2.)
My own family has overcome many challenges by simply “letting food be our medicine.” (Hippocrates)
- My son’s chronic ear infections stopped abruptly after we made a few simple, healthy changes.
- I regulated my hormones and cycle (and got rid of PMS.) I also dramatically improved the health of my skin (totally healing a chronic, turned acute and debilitating, skin condition) by committing myself to a diet of real foods and using herbs and supplements selectively for my needs.
- One Valentine’s Day, before we were engaged, I lovingly handed my future husband a custom, nutritional “prescription” to beat his chronic heartburn. (He had suffered severe bouts of heartburn since high school and had been on a daily heavy-duty prescription antacid since shortly after we met our freshman year in college.) Not only did he stop getting heartburn, he lost 80 pounds – steadily and permanently – over the next year or so.
How my family eats
I love nourishing myself and my family with real, “super” food – as long as it’s easy to prepare: greens with turmeric-mustard dressing, grass-fed beef tacos, salmon-bacon-kale bowls, homemade chicken soup with parsley and chilies, whole grain apple-blueberry muffins, canteloupe with a squeeze of lime – an expanding list of nourishing “go-tos” keeps things simple, tasty and affordable.
I’m also devoted to fostering my children’s independence in the kitchen so that they can receive the gift of knowing how to nourish themselves.