Welcome! I’m Julia Mueller, your recipe developer, photographer, cookbook author, and shinanigans-writer here at The Roasted Root. I’m currently writing my third cookbook! The topic? Paleo Bowl Food (<- basically big bowls o’ nutrients)! The tentative publication date? November 2018! You can learn about my first two cookbooks HERE!
Photo Credit: Jen Schmidt Photography.
On this site, you will find nutrient-rich recipes that are primarily centered around vegetables and meat. I specialize in recipes that are focused on dietary restrictions – vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free eaters will find a plethora of meal options here, as well as folks who eat a Low-FODMAP diet. I am passionate about nutrition and strongly believe it is possible to enjoy meals that are healthful yet delicious and comforting that also cater to your dietary needs. Researching how we can improve and sustain a healthy gut, and reading about fitness nutrition to better customize my own diet are two of my current hobbies.
I began this blog in September of 2011 as a hobby after getting my Masters in Finance. I had no way of knowing at the time that blogging would become my career – all I knew was creating recipes and snapping photos of food felt right, so I kept following my heart. That brings us to the current day – this site is my full-time jam and I’m so happy I get to be here sharing my creations with you!
When I’m not cooking, writing, or taking food photos, I spend my free time outdoors. I live in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, where I mountain bike, run, hike, snowboard, and enjoy life and nature.
This site began as a paleo blog, then evolved to more of a whole food approach (including foods like beans and dairy, which aren’t a part of the paleo construct), and has since turned back into a primal site. Through many years of trial and error (and some illness), I’ve learned my body does indeed function best with a modified paleolithic diet.
In this sense, my personal food philosophy comes from years of discovering which foods make my body feel amazing and which I should stay away from. For me, an unprocessed diet packed with vegetables, and lean animal protein (and sometimes rice) fuels my brain and body better than anything else I’ve tried. While my diet largely looks like a paleo diet, I prefer to think of it as real food. If you’re interested in learning why I eat the way I do, read about My Journey With Gut Health!
I’m a heavy believer in the power of low-inflammatory foods to prevent and cure illness in a way modern medicine can’t touch. I also always recommend customizing your diet to your own personal need (personalizing your nutrition), gifting yourself the ability to feel amazing and be a complete and utter powerhouse in every facet of your life.
Both Western and alternative medicine doctors continue to prove over and over that each individual’s body reacts uniquely when given specific foods, so what works famously for me may not work well for you. The beauty is in the journey – discovering how your physical form ticks and nourishing it in the best way possible, regardless of whether or not those food decisions have a title, are trending, or look drastically different from your friends.
Over the years, I’ve also learned there’s power in being adaptable. What works stellarly for you now may not work even one month, five years, ten years from now, so being mindful of your body’s changing needs and adjusting accordingly will save you pain and frustration.
This site is judgement-free and open AF. You will find profanity, talk about poop and overall digestive health, and topics that may make you squirm in your chair. Rest assured, you can find comfort in the fact that every word on this site comes from a real human who has no other intention but being a part of the solution in the health community.
This site is not here to tell you what to do, how to eat, or make you feel like your choices aren’t good enough. You are perfect the way you are, and you are everything you need. The Roasted Root is here to support you on whatever journey you’re on, regardless of where you come from or what you believe. I am here celebrating life with you with gratitude, positivity, optimism and the desire to expand and learn. I’m so happy we’re in this together, and I’m always open to your questions and comments. I’m a sucker for a good story and love hearing where other people are coming from, so feel free to reach out and tell me about your own journey.
With much love and all the good juju,
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in working with me, you can e-mail me at RoastedRootFood (at) gmail (dot) com. You can learn more about ways we can partner up to promote your product here, or you can follow me around the social sphere on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Check out my personal instagram account here -> @bueller.bueller.