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heal your kitchen, heal your life.

beauties! this is my part 2 interview with alisa donner of pregnancy awareness month... she asked me about the kitchen healing work and here is what happened! i hope you love itxxxx

Here is more of my interview with Jules Blaine Davis, kitchen healer, based in LA, who is redefining nourishment in our kitchens and what it looks like to gather, cook and eat simple healthy beauty food inside all the needs of a busy life.

PAM: How do you work with new moms in the kitchen? How do you help them transition from breastfeeding to hand feeding?

JBD:  When we are breastfeeding we are connected to our food source in so many ways; physically, emotionally and so much more is going on. This gorgeous variety of feelings is the creative source to nourishment. When we breastfeed, we are sated in such a deep and intimate way by feeding our babes, the connection truly feeds us. This hormonal dance between you and your baby is such a beauty love fest! It is creating what it means to nurture each other and be nourished. You and your baby are learning this together, it’s magical to learn about food in this way. You, as the mama, are giving your love, your medicine, your best cake, all to your baby and it’s so vital that you are feeding you too!  It is definitely a ‘from the neck down’ experience to create food in this way! 

Who knew we were so hungry for this kind of love? When we shift over to feeding our families and ourselves food from our own hands, we want to keep this same connection to our feelings, to the emotional source, the intimacy we felt and the SIMPLICITY of it all…. in how we gather and create simple healthy foods. The first step is in the gathering of your food. I always suggest finding what is growing closest to your kitchen with love and integrity; your nearest farmer’s market or your garden! Seek out what makes you say ‘BEAUTY!’ and buy all the beauty you can. You will be inspired to cook, cut, and chop. If you don’t know what to do with it, look for it on the blog or email me!

PAM: And by “healing kitchen” you mean what exactly?

JBD: My goal is to get you cooking (healthy, delicious, beauty) within your life, your schedule, your budget, your everything, inside a kitchen that you love, that inspires you, that feels like you. To heal a kitchen is to connect to it, the actual space, to do that we have to break open the heart of it. Our first meeting is a consultation where I meet your kitchen and hear your story. We make a plan.

Part one is about cleaning it all out, the drawers, cabinets, pantry, fridge, and freezer. We listen to the stories inside our tools, our heirlooms, our crap, all of it. We keep what inspires us, what works, what we need to cook simple healthy food. We get rid of what is no longer serving you. It could be unhealthy, broken, or something you need permission to give away sustainably. Once the kitchen is cleaned out, we replenish it with the essential tools and a basic pantry. I create a flow that is aligned with the physical space that you have to work in. Once you feel this shift, you begin to feel excited and inspired to cook! 
Part 2 is about shopping. We go to the markets, super & farmer’s together.  I see how you do it, where you get stuck & I show how to gather in this new way. Part 3 is all cooking! Once we have gathered the food, I show you all the ways you can cook and make this nourishment happen inside your newly inspired kitchen. 

We do this a few times until you feel like you have the wheel and feel confident. Then you can seek seasonal inspiration on the blog, see me at the market, a check-in consultation and come back every season for a miracle in my kitchen! 

PAM: What about your work has inspired you the most?
JBD: This process is hugely about trust; trusting me, trusting yourself, trusting the process, trusting that this investment of time and money will create a cook in the kitchen, a connection to food in a new way and a healthier family dynamic around food and eating together.

I am inspired by my client’s courage to create a new story, their hunger to grow & expand with grace no matter how deeply emotional it may be…I am inspired by the vulnerability we bring to the process. Then we make a soup, sauté some kale, hug it out and call it an amazing day. 

Jules Blaine Davis is creating a movement in redefining what it means to nourish ourselves and our families with food and beauty inside our busy lives. You can find her expressing this movement on her blog, instagram (@julesbdavis), the Hollywood farmers market on sundays, one on one in your kitchen, inspiring & speaking to groups all across America and of course in her kitchen.


beauties! here is my interview with PAM's alisa donner posted on their blog today! this is part 1 of a 2 part series they are so generously creating with me! if you are inspired by this, share the love to your tribes & comment on the blog too! check out PAM and all the wonderful things they are doing to support & empower the mothers in all of us xxxx (cut & pasted this & mercury is in retrograde so bear with me please) 
   Renaissance Mama: A Kitchen Miracle Worker                 

When I was a newbie mommy I met an amazing woman named Jules Blaine Davis at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.  She had a son a little older than my daughter, and we had a brief intense conversation.  She closed it by saying we were Renaissance Mama’s.  I remember laughing and thinking, “yes, we are!”   Not too long later Jules and I took a parenting class together by the Echo Parenting Center, and she began the creation of what I believe is one of her life’s work: creating a healing kitchen and encouraging other mothers to do the same, actually teaching them.  To expand out from our breasts as we wean our babies and create beauty and healing in the kitchen for our families and our souls.  It is a complete pleasure for me to introduce you to Jules Blaine Davies, Renaissance Mama and Kitchen Miracle Worker.  This is part 1 of a 2 part interview series.

AD:  You have a unique approach to food as healing.  In my opinion you go beyond medicinal, it is a holistic approach to nourishment, spiritual really.  Can you explain your vision more clearly?
RM:  I believe that food is life. The adventure of how we feed ourselves, how we gather our food, how we create this dance in our everyday lives is a creative and spiritual act. We carry all of our stories, our fears, our dreams, all of what we come with into the kitchen. It can be intimate and vulnerable as we have an opportunity to meet ourselves in a white peach, a golden beet, a deep & juicy cherry tomato, or even defrosting edamame! Turning on the fire, making food a priority, hearing our stories of where we came from and how we were fed are the main ingredients to making a life that nourishes us in a deeper way.
My work is about inspiring people to cook inside their super busy lives. It’s about pointing to the beauty inside the mess, healing ourselves inside a zucchini mint soup, freeing our resistance, learning to feed each other, make our own medicine, sate our creativity, feed our hunger for freedom while feeding our family. It’s about worth, love, and beauty. It’s also about killing a few birds with one stone.
I mean… welcome to motherhood!
If a doula, a home economics teacher, and a Jewish grandmother were going to have a baby, that baby would be a kitchen healer!
AD:  I first met you at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market when Ocean and Roma were newbies.  I know you still shop there regularly, can you tell us why you love that market so?
RM:  The farmer’s market is all BEAUTY all the time! It’s my beauty church. It not only inspires everything I create in the kitchen, it also reconnects me to the source, to my desire to cook, to my story, to my palette for that week….then I bring it all home and see my family eating what I gathered.  Sticky strawberry fingers and cherry cheeks, being fed by my freedom; this for me is the best part!
Also, the market is an incredible moment in time. We all get ready for the event, the farmer & the consumer, in the hopes that we will feed each other with our offerings. It has ritual and hard work woven into the fabric of coming together to be fed. The farmer and I have the same goal: we are both hungry. The farmer wants to feed me what she/he has grown and I want to fed by the farmer so we can continue this relationship. We have traveled to meet here at the market. We are aligned in our meeting, in our exchange, in our desire to keep each other going. I feel that this exchange is highly nutritious.
AD:  What do you look for in a vendor/farmer to pledge your loyalty to?
RM:  I love this question! I look for LOVE in my farmer & the team. I look for a genuine smile, a kindness and an appreciation for my offering to his/her offering. I look for a generous spirit, a trust in each other, that we will tell each other what we need to know. There is a different kind of energy on the food when you buy it from the farmers hand. If that love is not there, it will not be in the food, and love is the main ingredient to everything delicious.

AD:  Tell us about your love fests!
RM: It’s all in those two words. Love fests are pure joy happening in random moments throughout a day. Don’t quote me on the exact definition as a love fest can be custom fit to any lifestyle! I just might inspire one to happen when I am having one! We can all do that! They are contagious. Love fests come in all shapes & sizes. It can be our morning snuggle fest with my family or a smoked salmon, radish, Persian cucumber, avocado sandwich that took a few minutes to make. Please come and experience a love fest in my kitchen, or a miracle in your kitchen. They are flexible and love to travel!

Truly Jules creates love fests and beauty in her kitchen on a daily basis. Usually she provides step by step instructions on how you can re-create one in yours too.  Find her at instagram @julesbdavis // twitter@julesbdavis // facebook @julesblainedavis or her blog !  If you live in LA, she does individual consulations and group nourishing kitchen sessions.  They are full of laughter, joy, and amazing food!
Jules Blaine Davis is  a consultant based in Los Angeles who inspires women in the kitchen: a kitchen healer! She is also a food blogger, guide, teacher, and mama!
Interviewed by Alisa Donner, MSW, LCSW, Co-Founder of PAM, and mom to an amazing wonder.