About Luisa

healthy gluten free lifestyle diet coachHi!  I’m Luisa Kingsdale Naughton and I live in a tiny Colorado mountain town at 9,000 feet called Crested Butte.   I share my life  with my husband, Eric, and our two children, Max and Cecilia.   I am a certified Natural and therapeutic chef, a ceramic artist, a health coach and a lover of outdoors activities.   Although I also like to hunker down on the couch with a blanket and a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine.

Greens and Sweet Things is a recipe blog about real, healthy and tasty food. It includes everything from green salads to sweet desserts. I have been making pottery for over a decade and have created thousands of vessels that hold food. Now I am going to prepare the food. I strive to make real whole food meals and involve my children in the process.  I hope I can help you and your family do the same.  I recently (in 2013) studies natural and therapeutic cooking at Bauman College in Berkeley, CA and became a certified Natural Chef.  It was an amazing experience and I hope to share with you all the wonderful things I learned.

The way I look at health and food changed dramatically when I lost my father to bladder cancer in 2009. I finally saw the link to food and health and how real food was the path to real health.

family recipes for healthy livingGenerally speaking, I am a late bloomer. I have always been and it was certainly no exception when it came to trying new foods. My mother, whose family comes from Sicily, would make her bolognese sauce and while everyone else was raving about it, I would be eating a plain bowl of spaghetti with butter. I hated tomatoes, didn’t eat avocados, and the smell of fish cooking would be enough to send me straight out the kitchen door. I didn’t eat spicy food until I met my husband Eric, who uses cayenne as most people use salt and pepper. But I always did have a sweet tooth.

I am happy to say that through people, places and time, I have expanded my culinary horizons. I crave my mother’s tomato sauce, eat avocados by the spoonful and have enjoyed many a fish. Through farmer’s markets and CSA’s, I have discovered vegetables I never really knew about. Beets, kale and brussels sprouts are regulars at my house. I cook with quinoa, use almond flour in my baking and think sea salt is a must. My tolerance for spice is beyond what I ever imagined. And my sweet tooth is holding on strong…although I am working on letting it go.

I believe that we are what we eat. Hypocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I spend a lot of years eating junk and feeling like it too. As a mother and wife, I want to feed my family healthy, nourishing foods so we will flourish. Here’s to adding life to our years!

I would love to hear from you. Please leave me your comments! Thanks for visiting and I hope you find something tasty to cook for you and yours!

Cheers, Luisa

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