Who Are We?
This awesome blog you’re on is run by two people:
We write about the kind of nutrition you’re not taught by doctors, schools, or your parents.
To start, let us explain who we’re not.
- Doctors – we’re two (hopefully) smart people who research healthy eating like we’re studying for a degree, share personal successes and epic failures about our health journey, and apply good ol’ common sense. Plus, a lot of what we’ve learned comes from personal conversations with our holistic chiropractor, who’s basically an herb wizard that’s been treating “incurable” diseases for decades.
- Gourmet Chefs – A huge part of our blog is sharing healthy versions of recipes you already love. We’re not interested in teaching you how to make a rare Mongolian dish that requires Unicorn horn and dragon fangs. But spaghetti? Brownies? PIZZA?! We’ll hook you up.
- Demanding – Should you overhaul your entire diet and cut out everything processed? Heck yes. But, is everyone in a position to do so, or does everyone want to? Of course not. If you’re looking for one small change, we welcome you. Need a recipe or two? Hang wid us. Basically, no judging where you’re starting at. In fact, we’ve got an entire post about people looking for the middle ground between crap eating and full real food Nazi. See? We can be reasonable. Usually.
- Rich – We’re not part of the lucky few who can do ALL their shopping at Whole Foods Market (“Whole Paycheck Market”). Instead we have to do creative things like bake our own sourdough bread, shop at 4 different stores every week, and use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save for EVERYTHING.
- Chainsaw Jugglers
What’s Our Diet Philosophy?
We write about politically-incorrect nutrition – the kind you won’t see at medical school or promoted by the government.
You see, we noticed something interesting.
Americans are more obsessed with nutrition and exercise than ever before. Cool, right?
Yeah, um, where has that got us exactly?
Just the highest rates of obesity in the world and skyrocketing rates of cancer, heart attacks, autism, diabetes, ADD, asthma, Alzheimer’s, and allergies.
Something’s clearly not working, and it’s because food and drug companies are the ones teaching us nutrition (or influencing government agencies that set nutrition guidelines).
You know, kinda like a cheetah teaching a zebra how to escape predators.
Anyway, for us it all started a few years back when we decided to have a kid.
We first went to K-mart, but they didn’t have any on sale… so we decided to do it the old-fashioned way.
Two years later, still no baby – but Erin did have a shiny new prescription from the doctor.
Except that prescription made her throw up every single day. Something (probably common sense?) told her that taking pills that make you throw up every day isn’t exactly the healthiest path to getting pregnant.
Finally, after learning the doctors were just masking the infertility, she threw away the pills. She decided to go see an old family friend who happened to be a licensed chiropractor, but also a certified Master Herbalist practicing for nigh on 30 years. Cameron thought she was crazy at first, but nothing else seemed to be working… so why not?
What he told us changed our lives.
He said “Stop eating out, stop eating processed foods, and eat more healthy fats.”
Two weeks later, Erin was pregnant.
This meant two things:
- What we were being taught about healthy foods wasn’t true – if bacon and butter provide nutrients essential to building hormones, then what other things don’t we know?
- Unhealthy foods don’t just make you fat, they actively screw you up on the inside. Years of unhealthy eating caused us to have fertility issues – what else can crappy eating do to your body?
And that’s what this blog is about.
There’s almost no message more important to humanity than that our idea of healthy is completely backwards. That most of the illnesses we contract are preventable and curable. That we aren’t just making ourselves fat with junk eating – we’re giving ourselves cancer, diabetes, ADD, Alzheimer’s, MS, arthritis, allergies, asthma, sleeplessness, schizophrenia and much more.
Why “Eat Real Stay Sane”?
You ever read a book or been on a blog about healthy eating and you thought “man, those guys are a little different?”
Maybe they live on a farm with herds of livestock, send their kids to birthday parties with kale chips, homeschool their kids for fear of the cafeteria food, or cook outlandish meals like czarnina or nabemono.
Definitely, those aren’t bad things – but that’s just not us. We live in an apartment in a city. We love our shopping malls and going out with friends and family.
One friend, upon learning the way we eat, said it best:
“But… you guys are so normal.”
Because while we believe that eating whole, unprocessed, and natural foods forms the foundation for a happy and healthy life, stressing out about it can ruin everything.
Yes, normal people consider us crazy hippie healthy. Yes, we have kombucha brewing on our countertop, keep live sourdough in the fridge, and make our own condiments. But, we still eat out at least once a week.
And if we’re on vacation? Fuh-get about it.
Also, the recipes we concoct in our lab/messy kitchen are mostly foods you’ve been told were off limits – things like healthier versions of spaghetti, cookies, brownies, deep-fried shrimp, ice cream, and TONS more.
Because nothing is more soul-destroying than serving a massive black bean quinoa salad with kale as your next dinner party’s main course. Okay, Cameron would find that soul-destroying, but Erin would find it tasty. She’s still working on trying to turn him into a veggie lover… he’s like a 2 year old who doesn’t want to take a nap when it comes to vegetables.
So for your next dinner party, why not get a recipe for organic, sugar-free sweet and sour chicken instead? The point is, you definitely don’t need to eat like a rabbit to be incredibly, insanely healthy.
10 Rules of the ERSS Community
- We’re not “on a diet.” This is just how we eat. Period.
- We don’t care what level of real foodness you’re at right now – our community will welcome you with open arms.
- We only listen to well thought-out and researched opinions. Uninformed opinions are irrelevant, as is common (politically correct) nutrition advice. Nothing’s worse than someone who says things like “Hey! Don’t you know the science??” and it’s clear that they’ve only researched one side of the issue.
- We’re ok with being different…
- But we’re also as normal as possible.
- Be respectful and courteous of others. Because we’re all humans, and humans have feelings.
- If we do something drastic, it’s only temporary and for healing purposes (like a juice cleanse).
- You have to put up with Cameron’s terrible puns. Unless you’re a kleptomaniac, then you’ll just take everything literally.
- We encourage small changes and celebrating those wins. So what if the only change you’ve made is to set fire to your canola oil? That’s terrific! Getting down on yourself for the other changes you haven’t made helps exactly no one.
- All recipes will be foods you recognize and probably already like. Like pizza, roast, chocolate cake, and more.
Learn With Us
If any of this resonates with you, then let’s be friends 🙂
Stick your email in below and we’ll send you an instantly downloadable recipe book with 5 “guilty pleasure” meals that use only healthy ingredients.
Plus, you’ll get about 3 short emails a week. They ALWAYS contain a tip or a philosophy about the way we eat, plus we tell personal stories, terrible jokes, and engage in general tomfoolery. It’s a good time.
6 Blog Posts that Will Change the Way You View Nutrition
We’ve got dozens of posts up on the blog, but if you’re looking for a crash course in being healthy, these are the ones we’d recommend you start with. If there’s something specific you’d like to read about, send us a message on the Contact Us page! Odds are we’ve either written about your question or it will give us a topic to write about next!