Thanks for visiting The Modern Buttery! My name is Glynnis and I do all of the recipe development, writing and photography around here. I live in the great City of Brotherly Love with my husband and dedicated taste tester, David. We share our historic row home with our handsome former alley cat, Salem, and our crazy and lovable rescue dog, Shea.
The Modern Buttery was created out of my passion for cooking, healthy living and the power and beauty of real food. On my blog you will find simple, nutritious, real food recipes that are always free of gluten, soy, inflammatory oils and refined sweeteners, and are also often free of grain and dairy. Although free of many common allergens and Paleo-friendly, my kitchen creations remain both delicious and satisfying!
Along with sharing recipes, I will also share information from my latest nutrition research as well as healthy living and lifestyle tips.
I really appreciate you stopping by and hope you find some recipes here that inspire you to get healthy and creative in the kitchen. Please feel free to send me an email at themodernbuttery(at)gmail(dot)com, leave a comment on a recipe, or fill out this Contact form. I love hearing from you!
MY HEALTH AND REAL FOOD JOURNEY
A diagnosis of epilepsy in 2005 led to my interest in food as medicine. Given very few options from doctors in managing my new diagnosis, I became an avid researcher and very passionate about the key role that diet plays in a person’s health. The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and the book Nourishing Traditions laid the groundwork for changing the way I ate and thought about nutrition. Learning about the benefits of organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed and pasture raised meat, healthy fats, fermented vegetables, natural sweeteners and bone broth was both exciting and eye opening.
Though this transition from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a traditional, whole food diet greatly helped in managing my epilepsy, I was still dealing with some health issues and not feeling my best. I then cut out gluten over 6 years ago and found that many of my symptoms, especially stomach and digestive issues, greatly improved.
A littler over two years ago, I was also diagnosed with a heritable connective tissue disorder, known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Joint Hypermobility Type. Before this diagnosis, I continued to experience daily fatigue, brain fog and chronic pain along with some other unexplainable symptoms despite my very ‘clean’ diet. Due to the success I had with making nutritional changes in the past, I began researching some more and came across the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. After poring over Diane’s book, I decided to implement a strict Paleo diet and cut grains, dairy, legumes, nightshades and all forms of sugar from my diet for several months. Through this experience, I gained a great deal of relief in my daily symptoms and improved my overall well being.
Today, I follow a modified Paleo diet. I believe the strict Paleo diet I followed for several months (very reminiscent of the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol) healed some ‘leaky gut’ issues I had and I am now able to enjoy gluten free grains on occasion (they are definitely NOT a staple of my diet) as well as organic, grass-fed dairy, nightshades and unrefined sugars in limited amounts.
I will be the first to say that changing my diet has not cured me of Epilepsy or EDS—they are both serious and sometimes debilitating conditions—but it has helped me better manage these disorders and improved my overall health drastically. My passion for REAL, wholefoods and the Paleo diet is driven by how it has improved my own life and I hope sharing my story encourages others dealing with health issues or a chronic disease to look to their diet as part of their healing and disease management plan.
*Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical, healthcare or nutrition professional. I am happy to answer questions based on my personal experiences, opinions, and research; but know that I am not qualified to give you personal advice about medical conditions or lifestyle and dietary changes. Please consult a licensed physician or qualified medical professional.