Pooja Motl | Author. Natural Foods Chef. Lifestyle Purist.

About this Blog

To Food, The Good Life & Peace

Welcome and thank you for your visit.

Food means a lot to me. Not just any food, but real, wholesome food. Food that we can use for pleasure, for nourishment, for medicine.

I saw a quote a while back about nourishing food. It said something like “to cook means we respect the fragility of mankind and the temple of our bodies”. It’s hard to understand or fully accept how important food is to our livelihood. Mainly because we can’t see the ramifications of unhealthy food immediately, nor do with think of food as being a factor in an ailment we might have, no matter how minor, for example, allergies, pimples, and depression, for which diet plays a significant role. Food touches us in so many ways, and is one of our best medicines for better health.

To not respect what you put into your mouth everyday is to not respect your life.

Ok…so let’s now get to the not-so-serious-bit too, shall we?

I also love food because it is one of the key pleasures in life. According to scientists, we live on this Earth to avoid pain and to seek pleasure. Food is pleasure.

I love food as well because cooking allows me to be creative, to be an artist, to set my creative energies on fire. And I don’t have to be too far away from my daughter and my family while engaging in a task that nourishes their lives.

Eating good food changes my everyday. It makes me feel good – light, energized, clear-headed, young. It also helps me bat away at the aging process, and gives me the fuel I need to enjoy one of my other loves in life: fitness and athletics.

You might know a bit about my background from the ABOUT page. I have a degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute, one of the few institutions in the world that specializes in whole and traditional food cuisine. When I say traditional food, think down the lines of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions.

We don’t know a whole lot about what diets are the best for humans, and what foods we should really be eating. As Michael Pollan states: our “scientific understanding of nutrition is still very primitive”. Just recently, we were told not to worry about saturated fat after nearly 50 years of being told the opposite.

Yet, there are some things we know for sure: Eating whole, unrefined, unprocessed foods, prepared the way our ancestors cooked, is likely a good place to start. I wrote all about this in my first book, The 3-Day Reset.

The second best place to start is with the Paleo diet. After years of struggling with digestive issues, I have found that eating Paleo makes me feel my best. Some of the books I’ve read on the topic include those by Loren Cordain, the founder of the Paleo Movement, Mark Sisson, and Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. There’s a lot of good work out there that strengthens the argument for Paleo, especially the diet’s emphasis on gut-healing foods like bone broths & fermented foods, pasture and grass-fed foods, zero tolerance for sugar and zero tolerance for anything refined or processed (the crux of The 3-Day Reset).

The Way I Cook:

I have taken elements of my first book on whole foods, plus methodologies from a Traditional Food Lifestyle (such as soaking, sprouting, and fermenting foods high in anti-nutrients), plus the Paleo diet to yield a way of cooking that I find works wonders. Most of the recipes you will see on this blog are straight Paleo recipes. Those that aren’t are labeled “Paleo Flex” as they incorporate some ingredients that aren’t staunchly Paleo such as grass-fed organic yogurt and pseudo-grains like quinoa and buckwheat.

For the most part, you will find most of these recipes are devoid of:

1) Anything processed or refined, including industrial cooking oils (vegetable oil, canola oil, etc.), refined and artificial sugars, refined wheat, etc.

2) All grains (including wheat, rye, rice, barley, regardless of whether the grain is whole or not)

3) Most dairy

4) All legumes

5) Most nuts and seeds

 

The core of my cooking is based on:

1) Meat, Fish, Poultry (wild, grass-fed, pasture raised, sustainable)

2) Vegetables, Fruits, and a small sampling of nuts & seeds (properly prepared – i.e. soaked)

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If you are currently struggling with light to medium to heavy health issues, eating this way may help you. Cooking this way can help you:

1) Lose weight

2) Heal your gut and digestive system (most of our immune system resides in our guts)

3) Fight off illness and prevent disease

4) Heal you in other ways

If you are someone who just wants to treat your body and yourself like gold, eating this way can help you:

1) Look better and brighter, and feel better and brighter

2) Help you perform better and be the best version of you

3) Help you seize everyday

 

More about this BLOG:

Along with cooking whole foods rich with goodness, I take a whole approach to the goodness of life as well. What I mean by this is that food, along with spiritual, mental, and physical health are the keys to living the good life.

Just like you, I am on a journey to enjoy my everyday. In doing so, I am constantly a student to many realms, particularly mediation and self-improvement. You will see me post blogs on what books I might be reading at the moment or how to connect with mindfulness by studying, celebrating, and meditating in nature. To me, nature brings peace – the most beautiful peace. I will often post pictures of nature that inspires me – from trips abroad to what I might find on a peaceful walk in a neighborhood park. The main image from this post is a picture of me soaking up the view from high atop a mountain in eastern Bali.

Occasionally, I will also talk about what challenges and inspires me physically, from cross-fit, to building strength as we age, to my daily gym workout.

I will also talk about my adventures in being a mommy, what my daughter loves to eat, and how I manage my kitchen and weekly cooking routine.

I truly hope this blog inspires you as it does me to live a better, happier, more calm, more productive, and more purposeful life. Thank you for joining the journey.

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As always, I would love to hear from you as you try recipes and simply explore good food. Send me a message on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PoojaMottl

With deliciousness and peace,

Pooja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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