i, I’m Diana. I was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova on a subsistence farm in the rural village of Mereseni. The meals I ate as a child were made almost exclusively with fresh ingredients straight from our farm. I was first exposed to prepackaged, processed foods when I came to the US at 18, to earn my BA in Liberal Arts. During my college years I developed a love for history, philosophy, and literature, along with an addiction to ramen, pizza, mac n’ cheese, and cheetos.
After graduation I married my college sweetheart and we’ve been loving and challenging each other ever since. Then I discovered Sally Fallon and Weston A. Price, who reignited my love of whole foods. I began cooking up a storm — everything from scratch like I remembered my mama doing when I was little. The nutritious meals we began eating three times a day eventually healed the hypoglycemia, migraines, lethargy, and gut inflammation I had developed throughout college.
This experience led me to want to share the healing power of food with others. After three years as a chef at a bed and breakfast, I enrolled in an MS in Holistic Nutrition through Hawthorn University and became the residential program director for Gutenberg College. I designed and ran the meals program, including creating menus, accommodating dietary restrictions, budgeting, cooking daily meals, and catering events. Next I created The Kitchen Rag to document my learning and healing journey while working on my masters. Quickly, my health and nutrition articles have become shared and read all over the world.
Few things bring me more joy than cooking a nutritious and delicious meal for my friends or family. I love learning and I’m interested in a variety of pursuits. More recently Jungian psychology and mythology have joined my passion for literature, traveling, film, backpacking, and writing. My husband and I live and work on an organic ranch in Eugene, Oregon with our six chickens and two ducks. When I’m not seeing clients I’m busy caring for the pigs, cows, sheep, and our vegetable garden.