Hey there, thanks for stopping by!
I’m Allyson, and that’s my Main Squeeze and Full Time Recipe Tester (we call him K ❤️). I started this blog after I began my own journey to understand how powerful real food can be.
All throughout my college years I dealt with health issues, but I never really made the connection between what I was eating and what was happening with my body. I got by, but I was constantly having to put a band-aid on those issues.
Then, as a final qualification before graduating from UNC, I traveled abroad to Greece–and I was so excited to cross that trip off my bucket list!
But a funny thing happened to me there.
Pretty much the minute my feet hit the ground in Athens, I felt a lot of my stubborn health issues start to ease up. I felt light and unburdened…my skin cleared up, my digestion improved, and I just felt LIGHTER. Not in the sense of weight, but an overall lightness in my body.
And then, another funny thing happened.
I met a man–tall, dark, handsome, accented. And our souls connected like we’d been looking for each other all of our lives. I still remember the night I met him as clearly as if it were last Friday.
My plane was scheduled to take me back to my life in the US 5 nights after that.
I did get on that plane. It was the saddest day of my life. As soon as I made it home, I began arranging details to leave my life in the US behind and start a life with a man I’d only spent 5 days with.
Leaving the US meant leaving my family, friends, and sense of security. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was also leaving behind the things I’d become dependent on (Lean Cuisines, Slim Fast bars, prescription drugs…)
What I found in Greece changed how I thought about food and medicine forever.
Two years later my Greek Kebab and I returned to the States together, and my body crashed.
Was it the stress? The change in diet?
Probably both. But that suffering is what drove me to really understand the connection between the food I was eating, and how it was affecting my body.
The journey has been long and difficult (I still struggle today) but I’ve learned so much along the ride and I’ve become really passionate about using food to heal–and taking the time to listen closely to what our bodies are telling us.
We were designed to be happy, healthy creatures, and I really believe we can all get back to that place (or stay there!) by trusting in the body’s innate healing capabilities and listening to nature.
What is Reclaiming Yesterday?
Our modern advances have brought us a long way, but abandoning the traditions that our ancestors thrived on for thousands of years has really had a negative impact on our health and well-being.
Reclaiming Yesterday is about getting back to basics, eating and treating our health problems the way our ancestors did, and incorporating those things into the hectic and fast-paced lives we lead today.
And for any of us who feel that too much time has been spent not living the healthiest versions of ourselves, I hope this space can provide encouragement and proof that we CAN reclaim our health on our own and be better for it in the end.
Real Food Revival
Forgetting how to make food for ourselves has left us overfed, undernourished, and out of touch with our food system. Cooking doesn’t have to feel like a chore. It’s a way to nourish our bodies and connect with those we love and the food we are eating.
In our house, we focus on using real food ingredients; ones that have been ethically sourced, are the least impactful on the environment, and serve our bodies the way nature intended for them to.
I don’t believe in counting calories.
I don’t think eating healthy should leave you feeling deprived.
I do think that you should eat damn delicious food every day.
And if you mindfully choose to eat real food, your body will NO DOUBT repay you for your efforts.
You can contact me at: Allyson@ReclaimingYesterday (dot) com