My Mission: To help individuals and families achieve glowing good health through a lifelong love of Real Food.
Hi! I’m Laura McCall, a food enthusiast and Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE). I believe deeply in food’s ability to heal. My work with both individuals and families is rooted in this belief and includes health-promoting real food diets, healing diets, food prep and cooking skills development, weekly meal planning, and overcoming picky eating. Through recipes, articles, classes, and consultations, I support others on their journey to glowing good health. I live in Boulder, Colorado with my husband, two young children, and two dogs.
Golden Root Nutrition was born out of my passion for delicious food, and my personal understanding of how healing food can be as I’ve navigated my own health challenges. Now, as a mother of two small children, the importance of nutrition takes on a whole new dimension and set of challenges - eating with kids! Read on if you'd like to hear more of my story or feel free to contact me.
My Lifelong Passion for Delicious Food
My earliest memory of cooking was making gourmet mud pies at my family’s cabin. I’m telling you, these pies were works of art! They incorporated many ingredients scavenged from the forest floor (including fresh-cut sawdust) and were baked over open flame in an old Jiffy Pop tin foil pan. Thirty-some years later, I have to laugh at the roundabout career route I’ve taken to end up pretty much right where I started - gathering nature’s bounty and cooking it into (now) deliciously nutritious combinations.
I graduated from mud pies to baking cookies with my grandmas, and eventually I took on the grocery shopping and dinner preparation for my family during high school. While earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Colorado, I also like to think I earned an honorary minor in culinary arts through the hundreds of hours I spent watching Food Network shows and cooking for my roommates!
One perk of graduating with a business degree was a solid, but maybe-not-very-soul-fulfilling, job coming out of college. So, how did I spend my vacations? Cooking! Believe it or not Culinary Travel is a thing. I was very fortunate to spend a week studying under each of the following chefs: Chef Alonso Hernández at Mesón Sacristía in Puebla, México and Chef Giuseppe Masciopinto at Relais La Corte dei Papi in Cortona, Italy.
All this is to say, I’m a self-taught cook. All my skills and ideas have been acquired through my driving lifelong passion for cooking, and more importantly, eating delicious food.
My Own Health Challenges
Had I not encountered health challenges myself, I am certain my food passion would have stayed firmly in the Culinary realm and not ventured into Nutrition.
Over the past 15 years, my major health challenges have been in the areas of the gastrointestinal tract, mental health, and autoimmunity. With each diagnosis, my conventional doctors neglected to encourage me to consider what I was eating. In fact, most dismissed my suggestions that I experienced a link between certain foods and my symptoms. Through lots of trial and error, major changes to my diet, and the help of alternative healthcare practitioners, I found a plan that transformed my health from barely-able-to-get-off-the-couch to living a vibrant and active lifestyle. That plan included healing foods, discovering the diet that’s right for me, and mind-body practices.
My own experience with illness proved to me unequivocally that food speaks to every cell of the body. It has the power to build up our health or degrade it. With this conviction, I pursued official nutrition study at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and now work with clients one-on-one to help support their healing through custom-tailored food selections, recipes, and meal plans.
Eating with Kids
Four short months after our son was born in 2012, we faced the quandary all parents face: what solid foods should we feed this baby? After conscientiously consulting my mom, our pediatrician, and a couple of those “baby’s first year” books, I jumped in and . . . maybe made every possible mistake, especially as he grew into a stubborn toddler. Bribing him into his car seat with M&Ms? Yep, did it. But hey, I’ve lived and learned and learned some more. I am proud to say our children (our daughter was born in 2015) eat a diet free from fast food, edible food like substances, and the vast majority of packaged foods. Instead they eat home cooked meals full of vibrant vegetables and fruits, high-quality proteins and fats, as well as some whole grains, and of course, the occasional treat. The best part? They happily eat this way, with very few complaints.
I love sharing the strategies, tips, and tricks I’ve developed through feeding my own young children with other families for two main reasons:
Feeding Kids is Hard! While I did find books, blogs, and articles stating WHAT to feed my kids, very little information exists on HOW to get them to eat it!
Our Children’s Health is in Peril. Children today have a shorter projected lifespan than their parents due to obesity and its related diseases like diabetes and cancer. I find this heartbreaking, and I am committed to being part of the solution.
Short Media Bio
A lifelong food enthusiast, Laura McCall holds a Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) certificate from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She believes deeply in food’s ability to heal and works with both families and individuals around health-promoting diets, healing diets, weekly meal planning, food prep and cooking skills development, and overcoming picky eating. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, two young children, and two dogs.