Welcome to my little recipe blog!
This is where I have shared my favorite Pure + Simple Paleo Recipes that I developed while I was on my healing journey. These recipes along with lifestyle changes, seriously helped me heal my gut from IBD: Colitis, and heal my body from the painful and crippling condition of Ankylosing Spondylitis, (AS for short).
For about 6 years, while actively sharing recipes on this website, I ate a grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free Paleo diet. I also incorporated a lot of raw foods and vegan dishes, which are shared here too!
Two years ago, after I had fully healed my gut, and wiped out the inflammation in my body, I returned to eating an unrestricted diet, complete with real wheat sourdough, aged cheddar, store bought chocolates, all the starches, and well, whatever I crave that day! I am truly grateful for how far I have come in my healing! And because these recipes helped me get through harder times, I have decided to keep sharing them on the internet, in hopes they help others on their healing journeys!
Eight years ago, when I was heavy into eating raw foods, I first called this blog BettyRawker.com, because I felt a bit like a “Raw Betty Crocker”, recreating American family favorite meals without pure ingredients. Then my diet and this blog transitioned into more Paleo recipes, so I called it PureandSimpleRecipes for a bit. Then…. a few years ago, I got bit by the foraging bug, and I renamed this blog Forest and Fauna, as so much of my healing journey is based around being outdoors, with nature’s high vibrations, and healing energy. And I discovered how fun, satisfying, and primal foraging for wild berries, nuts, greens, truffles, herbs, and roots in nature’s kitchen is.
These days you will find me somewhere on Mt. Shasta, kayaking, cross country skiing, meditating with the stars, or cooking breakfast on my woodstove. Last year, I bought a dreamy little cabin on the mountain, and I currently do part time accounting for a few clients in town, have a sweet side gig working in the weed industry, and I am putting together some healing adventure retreats here in Northern California very soon. I am also currently building the sweetest little off grid guest cabin, so if you are looking to stay in a private little retreat in a magical forest, shoot me a message. ♥
Love x Light,