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Jul 11 2018

CTLP Episode 72- Tips and Tricks for a Food Overhaul with Jodi McKenna


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Show Notes-

This week on CTL, MacKenzie Koppa Monroe chats with her co-host Jodi McKenna about making major dietary changes as a family. In the Cultivating the Lovely Patreon group this month, we are talking about improving our fitness and eating habits. Jodi shares about her personal health journey and that of her family, especially as it pertains to food. Topics include:

  • Jodi’s background eating the typical processed American diet growing up
  • Jodi’s diagnosis of PCOS and the dietary changes that followed
  • A greater desire to heal the body with food with Jodi’s next diagnosis of Hashimoto’s
  • The traditional, gut-healing foods she started making at home to improve their health
  • Various diets that the McKenna family has tried to keep all their health on track during different seasons of life


  • How Jodi gets her kids on board with big dietary changes
    • discussing the idea with the kids
    • taking the kids shopping and teaching them to read labels
    • teaching them the difference in quality of fresh, whole foods and processed foods
    • helping kids learn about where food comes from
  • Not being legalistic about food while still knowing what are the best choices
  • Having an awareness of how certain foods make our bodies feel
  • Equipping our kids to make good food choices for life
  • Being prepared for kids to push back and question why your family eats a certain way
  • Find what works for your family for each season of life and choose sustainable habits


  • Have grace with yourself, and take baby steps to make small, gradual changes
  • Don’t compare your progress or your choices with someone else’s
  • Be aware of what food choices will work with your budget right now
  • Making whole healthy lifestyle changes in conjunction with dietary change
  • Tips for first “foods” to ditch for better choices
    • soda
    • margarine
    • fat free foods
    • white sugar
    • white flour
    • sweetened yogurt

Current Lovelies-

Jodi: trying to simplify and minimize the amount of stuff in her home for a more peaceful, intentional space. (Check out Jodi’s IG hashtag #mcfreedommobile.)

MacKenzie: journalling and processing her trip to Arkansas and all that she experienced there.

Resources Mentioned-


Weston A. Price Foundation


Health, Home and Happiness blog



The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Whole30 by Melissa and Darren Hartwig

What You Need to Know about Keto by Tom Nikkola

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

Find the Hosts-


You can find Jodi McKenna on her website, You can find her on the following social media: InstagramPinterest,  Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

You can find MacKenzie Koppa Monroe on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course!

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