Guest Post: The Fabry Family’s Real Food Journey

One of the things I love most about blogging is that it gives me the opportunity to connect with so many like-minded people from all over. People that I may never have met if I hadn’t put myself and my journey out there online. One of the awesome and inspiring people I have had the opportunity to connect with recently is Andrea from the blog It Takes Time.  Andrea and her husband have eight children, and after a health scare involving mold in 2008 that left them with a variety of health concerns, they all committed to living a more natural lifestyle.  It has been a long road for all of them, but through diet and lifestyle changes as well as an increased awareness surrounding nature and their environment they have all succeeded in improving their health drastically.

Andrea is here today to share her story with you all. Three of her children, Colin (14), Kaitlyn (16) and Brandon (12)  have also agreed to share their stories as well. In fact her children have even been so generous as to include some of their favorite real food recipes!

The Fabry Family's Real Food Journey


The Fabry Family’s Story:

Our family of 11 turned to real food after experiencing a devastating health crisis in 2008. We discovered high levels of toxic mold throughout our home and made the difficult decision to vacate and start over. It soon became apparent that all aspects of our life would have to change – including our diet. (Read our story here.)

As we were a “fast food” family the changes did not come easily. Once we experienced some of the health benefits, however we were hooked on real food. It wasn’t long before my kids were having fun in the kitchen creating all sorts of creative substitutions for conventional processed foods.

Here is a sampling of their reflections about the transition as well as their favorite recipes!


colinColin (Age 14):

Colin’s Story: Colin was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, likely triggered by the toxic mold found in their home. To read his story click here.

Colin’s Favorite Recipe: Avocado Ice Cream Cake


kaitlynKaitlyn (Age 16):

Kaitlyn’s Story: Kaitlyn found improved health through the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet. Read her reflections here.

Kaitlyn’s Favorite Recipe: Almond Butter Cookies


breakfast-4Brandon (Age 12):

Brandon’s Favorite Recipes: Gluten Free Sourdough Bread and Brandon’s Breakfast Man


For more on Andrea and her Family’s journey check out this great article she wrote on real food and the difficulties of transitioning your family to a more nourishing diet.  Find it here.



Jesse St. Jean

Jesse St. Jean

I am many things: a wife, a daughter, a sister, a nutritional therapist, a dog-mom… and I’m an autoimmune warrior.

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