Hello, and welcome to Dietzville!

I'm Lindsey. This is where I love to share my favorite Real Food recipes, natural remedies, and homemaking tricks. I've been married to my best friend for 14 years, and together, we are doing our best to raise our (not-so-little anymore) babies, love our tribe, and not take life too seriously. 

This place is called Dietzville because my last name is Dietz. {Pronounced: deets.} Not diets or ditz or dee-ets. Telemarketers have tried them all. 

2008 was a life-changing year for my family and me. For the first time ever, my husband and I found the courage to go against the norm, throw off the status quo, and start making decisions based upon our own research of what was best for our family. Everything about our lives started changing that year, and it's continued to evolve into what and who we are today. I'm the primary researcher of the family, with much of my early digging done in the midnight hours those of us with insomnia know as "adrenal fatigue".

Like many health and wellness/food bloggers, I have firsthand experience with real health issues. I know what it's like to feel like crap and not understand why. Even after a few years of searching high and low for answers, I still didn't know why my hair was falling out, why I couldn't poop, sleep, or lose weight, why I was constantly anxious, or why my thought processes resembled a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter. 

Providence finally led me to 2 practitioners who really listened to me and were just as determined as I to find some answers. They were willing to perform necessary testing {and testing that I asked for that probably wasn't necessary}. I was officially diagnosed with multiple metabolic disorders: heavy metal toxicity, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, MTHFR, candida, anxiety, and insulin resistance to name a few. (Basically my liver is pretty screwed up.)

I've been working hard on my diet, detoxification, and high quality supplements ever since. I've also adopted a sugar-free lifestyle which has been instrumental in fighting against insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. I'm so thankful that I have made enough progress that I have regained my joy and passion for life. My health continues to improve, as I strive each day to make good choices to keep my body on the path to healing. I still have rough days, but I'm thankful those are now the exception and not the rule.

I've learned some pretty cool stuff along the way. I love to share what I know with others, and I'll do whatever I can to help those who are in the shoes I used to walk in. I even went and got certified as a health coach so I could do just that. I love learning about natural remedies and living, creating nourishing recipes, and concocting my own cleaning and personal care products. But my life isn't all bone broth and raw honey.

My family and I enjoy exploring small-town antique shops and farm-to-table restaurants. 3 of us are pretty obsessed with books. (We don't fault Daddy for being an IT guy who loves technology more than reading.) I've always got my eyes open for a cute, vintage find for my house, and I love interior design and decorating. If a Scandinavian farmhouse and modern industrial loft had a baby, that would be my dream home; however, life handed me a 1970s rectangle with a basement on 5 acres of northern Minnesota wilderness. 

We're working on that Scandinavian/Industrial farmhouse thing one wood-paneled wall at a time. On our little piece of (gorgeous) dirt, we're attempting to grow some stuff and maybe even raise a few animals one day. Our daughter has her heart set on a unicorn, so that's one option. We think we'll start with chickens.

I'm a Southern girl through and through, born and raised in Texas. Much of the inspiration for my recipes comes from the comfort food of my childhood and the glorious Tex-Mex cuisine that still courses through my veins. Since giving up sugar for good, I'm also learning how to cook and bake low-carb and low-glycemic recipes, especially desserts!

I am also the content director and a contributing writer at Traditional Cooking School, so look for my recipes and research over there too. I want to connect with YOU. E-mail me, find me on Instagram (@lindseydietz) and Facebook (facebook.com/todayindietzville), or leave a comment and I'll do my best to respond.

Welcome, y'all!