Former Tech Exec Shares Passion for Real Food, Homemade Beauty Products and Natural Remedies
By Tonyia Cone
Three weeks before giving birth to her daughter in 2009, Lindsey Gremont started a blog. What was at first meant as a place to store her personal recipes has grown into Homemade Mommy, a blog with 250,000 unique readers each month. She has also authored several books and along with her husband, Evan, and holds the top rank at Young Living Essential Oils.
After trying many different diets in an attempt to manage some health issues, Gremont read the book “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats” by Sally Fallon. She then posted on her blog recipes guided by the book’s principles, and her blog’s readership exploded.
"It's really eating real food way the way G-d intended, traditionally prepared, like your great-grandparents or grandparents would have eaten," Gremont said.
Fats and cholesterol in things like butter, beef tallow and eggs are actually healthy, while sugar and processed ingredients make people sick, Gremont believes. People should eat fermented foods because they are rich in probiotics, she added.
Gremont explained that it is important to know where food comes from. Her family eats grass-fed beef and pastured chicken and eggs. She and her family eat organic food and traditionally prepared grains and legumes that are soaked, soured or sprouted. They avoid genetically modified organisms and soy.
“I focus a lot on cooking techniques that are going to make the food taste good, versus fancy ingredients or methods,” said Gremont, an El Paso native who first came to Austin to attend the University of Texas. “It's as much about what you take out as what you put in.”
Shifting to the principles she follows requires a change in mindset and re-prioritizing, “knowing that you are nourishing your body, you are what you eat, and your children are what you feed them," Gremont said.
This change in perspective and a commitment to the philosophy is how she recommends parents transition children to healthier eating as well.
“Knowing that you’re the parent, and that they aren’t the ones buying the food, you are, and our job as parents is not to be our kids' best friends but to be a parent and they are supposed to honor us. And that comes from Jewish tradition, right? It's one of the Ten Commandments. There's just far too many options out there today," Gremont said.
"Ultimately, what you make is what they should eat. Any other time, in any other country, that's what's going on."
When Gremont started Homemade Mommy, her daughter was two years old and Gremont worked full time as an executive at IBM. So she also wrote about learning and making time in her family’s life to eat this way.
“The books I wrote have a lot to do with teaching women or empowering women to be able to eat real food in a busy lifestyle and to make cooking a priority, to learn how to cook again. And to see it as something that is very rewarding and nourishing for our bodies and not a chore to be sad about or not want to make time to do that,” she explained.
Gremont’s first e-book, “The Homemade Mommy Handbook,” details cooking techniques. Her second e-book, “Real Food Survival Guide for Busy Moms,” available at no charge upon subscribing to Homemade Mommy’s email list, offers tips to make from-scratch cooking doable from a time, financial and practical standpoint.
Gremont’s third book, “Homemade Mommy Beauty Essentials,” includes 35 recipes for non-toxic, homemade beauty products. First available digitally, the e-book was a bestselling Kindle book on Amazon.com. It was released in print in mid-September, and as of mid-October had already sold 6,000 copies.
The most significant part of Gremont’s business is her work as an independent wholesale distributor with Lehi, Utah-based multi-level marketing company Young Living Essential Oils.
Gremont joined the company in 2013 when she wanted to eliminate toxins in her bathroom and needed to fragrance her sunscreen lotion bar recipe for her blog.
"I thought they were just for things smelling nice but low and behold, now, three years later, I know they can be used for a lot of different health supporting benefits," Gremont said.
Within two years, she and Evan achieved the company’s highest rank, Royal Crown Diamond, held by less than 0.1 percent of Young Living members.
By combining her family’s dietary principles with their use of essential oils, the Gremonts have been able to eliminate health issues ranging from asthma to digestive issues.
"All of our health problems in this house have been overcome by eating this way, by taking the right supplements, by using the oils to support our immune systems and to support our hormones and everything else," Gremont said.