Hi! I’m Renee Byrd, a Virginia-based gal with a passion for vibrant plant-powered recipes, self-care and living joyfully. I’m also a yoga instructor, photographer, musician, creativity enthusiast and fledgling plant-lady. Welcome!
The way that I eat and live is inspired by many things: my yoga practice, the lush local farmers market and the bounty of edible plants in my garden. Most importantly I’m inspired by the desire to live holistically — taking all aspects of my own health into account as I navigate the choppy waters of being human. I eat non-GMO, Organic and local as much as possible. I was a vegetarian/vegan for eight years but now I’m living that label-free lifestyle. Sometimes I eat fish, or goat cheese. I won’t say no to fresh, sustainably-harvested oysters or gambas a la parrilla. I eat sourdough bread sometimes. But most of the meals I whip up at home are incidentally gluten free and vegan and refined sugar free, so you see that reflected here in the recipes I post.
I see every meal as an opportunity to play, improvise, connect with spirit, create magic and act lovingly toward myself and others. Try to imagine me as a combo of your nona, an alchemist and stevie nicks. Go on, hold it in your minds eye…. Yep, that’s me in the velvet pants and hair wrap listening to Earth Wind and Fire while holding a frosty maca chocolate milkshake, vegan meatballs frying on the stove. Inviting you to have a sip and take a bite. Then wrapping you in a giant hug.
But this blog is for everyone who wants to eat more plants and live a happier, healthier and more mindful life… regardless of the why.
True, I believe a diet focused on whole plant foods is best for most bodies and positive for the planet. But this space is for all the people. We all have unique needs and should feel inspired to explore what works for us as individuals. Besides that, our bodies are mysterious, fluid, non-linear. What worked for you last year might not work for you this year. There’s no “ultimate answer” for “perfect health.” All that matters is that you keep exploring, keep seeking the things that make you feel your best, keep diving into the juiciest life experiences, keep loving yourself.
A few things I’ve found that help: meditation, eating intuitively, self-care practices, yoga, journaling and creative expression. These are my tools for maintaining sanity and keeping track of my needs — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Occasionally I write about wellness subjects like the aforementioned on this blog. And sometimes I publish personal writing, the playlists I listen to while I’m cooking and simple life updates.
A few things I love: avocados, early morning light, coconut, raw honey, overflowing buckets full of dahlias at the farmers market, cold brew coffee, vegan ice cream, water kefir soda, ginger, fresh summer tomatoes eaten straight off the vine, beautiful minimalist ceramics, mineral-rich sea salt, entire days spent reading on the beach, free-form dance/movement, improvised musical jam sessions and camping trips in my VW van (lovingly named “Cashew”).
When I’m not blogging out of my house in Charlottesville I work as a freelance photographer, food / prop stylist and writer. I love collaborating and I’m available for sponsored posts, private freelance work and consulting. You can send emails directly to hello (at) willfrolicforfood (dot) com — or say hey via my contact form here.