The Whole Smiths

Whole Eating + Happy Living

About Me

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet, I’m Michelle and welcome to the Whole Smiths!

These days I’m a mother to two smiley girls, a happy wife to one fantastic dude and we live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m officially now in my mid 30’s and can say life really does get better with age if you let it!

In my spare time you can find me Bikram yoga-ing, trying new recipes, starting impromptu dance parties, making amazingly hilarious jokes or wasting my brain away watching Vanderpump Rules, my guiltiest pleasure. But to balance that out I also love science, international politics and lots of other geeky things you probably don’t want to get me started on.

And oh yeah! I’m passionate about the food we eat. Like really passionate about it. But hopefully not in an annoying way. I want to show people that eating wholesome doesn’t have to be boring and pretentious and that it’s attainable for everyone. I love learning as much as I can about our food supply and what we can do to make a difference. My goal is to be a voice in making our food system a better place to eat. It makes me sad to think about the state of things now but I know through awareness and education we can create the shift that needs to happen for us, our children and generations to come.

My Philosophy

If I had to assign a label to the types of foods I cook, I’d have to say it was “paleo”. Most of my recipes will follow paleo guidelines, but not all. I’m all about minimally processed and sustainable foods that are easy and taste great and make us feel good again. I’m not crazy about the term “paleo” as I think it invokes ideas of us sitting around a campfire and gnawing on a boar bone. That’s not what we’re all about and that’s not the focus that I have. For me it’s about removing the lower quality products that are damaging our bodies and replacing them with more nutrient dense foods that make our bodies happy. I do feel that as a society we’ve come to rely on too much sugar and grains in our diets and that’s not where our bodies function at their highest levels. With that being said, you may see some sugar or grains sporadically as well as high quality dairy but they won’t be the dominate player in any recipe.

As you can see, I’m passionate about the food we’re eating and the current state of our food system. I feel that wellness begins with real food and not the processed food-like products that we’ve come to accept as food. I hope that through education and demand we can shift our food system and provide higher quality foods for everyone regardless of income levels.