Janis Smyth, the culinary talent behind the Real Food blog Jan’s Sushi Bar
, was a popular food blogger long before she transformed her entire family’s diet. Suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia and arthritis for which a parade of doctors could find no cause, she began researching “healthy diets” in the Spring of 2010. So began a journey that started with a side of grass fed beef, a pastured hog, pastured chickens and eggs, sustainably caught fish and seafood, and locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables — and the end of the health problems that had been plaguing her for years. Her blog is now a celebration of the “slow food movement” and her family’s embracing of and participation in it. Indeed, as the mother and step-mother of a grown — and growing — family, she is living proof that your loved ones (including your children) can and will embrace a healthy diet and enjoy it.