Hi, I’m Katie and this is John.
We’re both interested in eating mindfully. Here at katielepine.com, I create the content and (attempt to) manage all things technical. John is a part-time high school English teacher, part-time doctoral student-researcher, unofficial editor, and taste-tester. We’re happy you’re here. Let’s be friends, okay?
If you gave me only a sentence to describe what we’re all about, I’d borrow from Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Once upon a time, I worked for a grant-funded, health-access project that had me in safety-net clinics most of the day. I got up close and personal with people who had fallen or been pushed to the margins of society, who sometimes just needed me to listen to their struggles. Their fears and hopes. The bills they couldn’t pay and the family they’d lost. They told me about their health issues, too, the medicines they were supposed to be taking and couldn’t afford.
Many of them suffered from chronic diseases like diabetes (the second type), high cholesterol, hypertension and high blood pressure, to name a few. All conditions that, in many cases, could have been vastly improved or cured by weight loss. But weight loss and healthy living aren’t easy to maintain if you’re health-illiterate.
Those souls made a lasting impact on mine.
Healthy is easy for me. Probably because my parents were highly-educated and disciplined role models. They taught me to find fad diets distasteful and to value food that is crafted with integrity.
As a society, we’ve made healthy so damn complicated. It wasn’t always that way and it doesn’t have to be: healthy is simple. But it’s not thoughtless.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
We want to show you it’s simple to be healthy and conscientious.
Stick around and we’ll learn how eat (mostly) healthy together.
Katie (and John)
(P.S. Our wonderful social media buttons–and previous logo–were designed by Candace Wilkins, who was a student of graphic design at The University of Tulsa and is now furthering her studies at Oklahoma State University. Candace is an absolute delight, both personally and professionally. If you’d like to get in touch with her, email us and we’d be happy to make an introduction.)