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A Chat With Supermom Danielle Walker, Founder of Against All Grain

Danielle Walker Against All Grain

It's a no brainer that we need to be more aware of what we're putting into our bodies and those of our children. While we want to make good food choices all of the time, we know that it's sometimes hard to change our habits. But what if you had to make those changes out of necessity for your health? Danielle Walker,  author and photographer of the New York Times Best Selling cookbook Against all Grain, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early 20s and decided to take control and her her suffering by making changes in her diet. As a self-taught chef, Danielle began preparing meals for herself that were void of grains, lactose, and legumes. She started her blog to share her recipes with others suffering from similar diseases. 

Visit her blog or her cookbook to see mouth-watering photos of recipes that are grain-free and gluten-free. The mom of two (soon-to-be-three) shows us that Paleo living can be acessible and tasteful! 

Danielle Walker Against All Grain 

Congratulations on all of the success on your website as well as your New York Times Best Selling cookbooks, Against All Grain. What inspired Against All Grain?

I was diagnosed with a life threatening autoimmune disease in 2007. After years of suffering and multiple hospitalizations, I found that food played a huge roll in my symptoms. I felt really alone after my diagnosis and after I had to switch my diet, and there weren’t many websites or books with trustworthy recipes for this type of diet. I started Against all Grain because I wanted to share my journey as I learned how to cook with new ingredients and I wanted to be a source of hope for others struggling with similar issues and wanting to eat well. 
You have a lot of delicious, healthy recipes up on your site and in your cookbooks. As a mom, what’s your best advice for other moms who might have picky eaters and refuse to eat those family dinners we make for them?
 
Keep trying to introduce them to new foods. Even if they try a bite and don’t like it, try again in a few months. Their palates are constantly changing. 
 
Do you have a favorite recipe that you love to make for your family?
It’s simple, but my great grandmother’s spaghetti sauce over spaghetti squash or noodles. I just know they’ll gobble it up without complaint, so it’s a go-to.

If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?

The entire morning routine! Packing lunches, getting kids and myself dressed, making breakfast and rushing everyone out the door for school! It’s just so chaotic. 

Danielle Walker Against All Grain

What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?

I love a good massage. 

What is your best parenting hack?

I use kitchen scissors to cut up all of the food for my toddler. It makes cutting hot dogs or noodles into tiny bites so much faster! 

What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child? 

I guess everything related to Santa Clause!

If you could describe motherhood in one word, what would it be? 

Chaos

What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?

Seeing my oldest pick my youngest up and give him a kiss on the head. I realized that we never pick him up without kissing him, and my oldest witnessed that each time and mimicked the loving gesture. 

What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?

 I just want them to be them. I don’t want them to compare themselves to other kids or try to be like someone else. 

What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?

Try to avoid the mom guilt and comparison traps.

How do you tackle the work/life balance?

I have a rule that once I enter back into the house after work, my work shuts off completely. I want to be present for my kids when I’m with them.

What was the last book you read? 

The Vaccine-friendly Plan

What’s in your diaper bag?

Honest diapers, crushed up freeze dried mango, and a change of clothes

 

Fun Facts:

Favorite Beauty Product:

BeautyCounter cream cleanser

Favorite Form of Exercise: 

Bar Method

What is on your DVR?

Nashville

Favorite App:

Instagram

Favorite Kids Store:

Zara (their baby girl clothes are just too cute!)