Author Archives: Jodi Brown

My New Website is UP AND RUNNING!

heart illustrationI appreciate your patience, folks.  I really do.  My new website is finally up and running.  I “launched” on Friday to a small group of people so that I could work out the kinks and the minor problems seem to be rectified and we are ready to roll.  As of today, I’m confident that things are running much more smoothly and I am now ready to share it with a broader audience.

A couple of quick pieces of business:

  • In two weeks, this website will be pulled down and any traffic that shows up here will be re-directed to my new website.
  • I have a great freebie being offered under the “free resources” page and I hope you’ll sign up to receive it.
  • In the coming months I’ll be doing some great free webinars and I hope you’ll start to follow me on my new website as well so that you’ll receive notification about those.
  • I’m starting an awesome program in January called, FEED ME.  Details are on my new website.
  • There will be more videos in January.
  • I am in the process of re-locating back to the Gulf.  Hoo-ray.  My seasonal Vermont gig ends on November 15th and I am rolling up the carpet and heading South.  New Orleans/Pensacola HERE I COME!

It has been a great  4 years of self-discovery and business building for me at THIS web location.  So many things have happened as this business has evolved and I have made some great friends in the process.  I appreciate every single one of you, especially those who took the time to send me emails and forge relationships with me.  I am forever grateful.

Thank you for giving me the space, time and feedback necessary for me to  figure out where I could help people best.  YOU have helped ME build my business. Yes. You. Have.  This journey has been incredibly enriching for me and I am so very thankful for each and every one of you.

I hope you’ll come on over to my new page and continue the ride.  Some things will be familiar, some things will be new. During the next few weeks of transition things might seem a bit sluggish, but once I land again in New Orleans expect things to start moving at a quicker pace.

Please be sure to comment and say hello when you join the party at my place on the interweb!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and support.  It has been just awesome!  I love you all!







New website is just days away.

Thanks for stopping by.  I am literally just days away from a new website.  The goal is October 1, 2014 but it might be a day or two later.  You’ll be notified FIRST, and I appreciate your patience with my long absence.

I hope you are well and look forward to you joining me on my new space.


Yum, yum…here I come!

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Gawd I love this face. LOVE IT. How ’bout that green mustache!


This last year has been FILLED with uncertainty, transition and adventure.  What’s that quote that says something like “nothing of value comes easily.”  Well it has been like pulling teeth for the last year trying to get over one hump after another.  Lawdy!  I am finally inching closer to the implementation stage of my new website and as I get closer, things are starting to happen at lightening speed.

I have hesitated wasting your time during this process with blogs and emails that aren’t of any real value to me or my new brand, so I’ve just stepped off.  When my new website goes on line it will completely be focused on my new brand, “practical solutions for healthy transitions” and there will be a great FREEBIE offered for those who are trying to make their transition to better health easier.  Keep your eyes peeled for that!  It’s right around the corner.  will stay up indefinitely during this process as I have many people who visit that site for info and especially for recipes.

Here is the BIG news!

I will be launching a PRODUCT this fall.

That’s right, a real physical put in your hands and feel it with your fingers product that will help people transition more quickly and easily to better health.  The day I started communicating with factories in China I realized that this was all very real, and my sandbox had just gotten much larger.  Lol.  We are still working up a timeline for launch and I’ll keep you in the loop.  It’s VERY exciting…all of it.

Stay tuned.

My retreats also are returning.  I’m in negotiations right now for a fall 2014 YOUR FOOD MAKEOVER RETREAT on one of my favorite beaches in the whole world.  Boo-yah!  I can’t WAIT for this one!!  That information will be up on my new website shortly after it launches.

During this tumultuous year I was also dealing with some pretty serious health issues.  Many of you know I have been struggling with candida and leaky gut and I am finally, FINALLY, seeing some small but significant improvements in that journey.


Be patient and kind to yourself.

My main health priority is to wrangle both of these tigers because I believe that many of the other nagging issues that have plagued me for years are directly related to these two health monsters.  I have been documenting much of it for myself, and will include my findings in my new website sometime shortly after my launch.

Stay tuned for that, as well!

I have returned to the Northeast to work at the international piano camp again as their dinner chef  (  Between events at camp I am returning to Manchester, NH where I am renting an apartment that enables me to put my head down and WORK.

Can I tell you how THRILLED I am to have my OWN kitchen again?

After living on the road for an ENTIRE year having my OWN KITCHEN is sort of like winning the lottery.  Can you feel my enthusiasm?

It’s not easy living my food lifestyle and sharing space with other people.  My food is just BIG.  Lol.  Seriously.  GREENS take up space.  So I have my head down and I am living and breathing all the fabulous food things I need to do to get my body healed and I feel INSPIRED!

Plus… I have an office with a  desk, and a white board, and bulletin boards, and printer up ALL DAY EVERY DAY.

It’s the small things that bring me great joy.

As we roll into June expect to see more of me around the web.  I’m slowly but surely getting connected, again, on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.  I’ll also be blogging more frequently once the new site is up.  Be sure to click on the social networking links to follow me elsewhere.

Here is one thing that I could really use some help with.  I would love to interview some WOMEN who fit (most of) this criteria.

  • 50-55 (ish) years old
  • working professional
  • mom, married with grown children
  • she is possibly a new grandmother (but doesn’t have to be)
  • she knows she needs to start making some changes with the foods she is eating to improve her health, but trying to figure out HOW to make it all works gives her a big fat headache so she keeps putting it off.
  • now that the kids are out of the house she’s re-thinking her own life.
  • her contemporaries are starting to have health issues and she wants to find ways to help both she and her husband make the transition to healthier living before their doctors warn them to change or face scary outcomes with their OWN health.
  • she’s hoping it’s not too late to be pro-active rather than re-active.

Do you know someone like this?  If so, I’d like to talk with them.

I’m sure we can BOTH help each other out.

Contact me at or 504-616-7171 and let’s talk about how I can might connect with them.

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Thanks for reading, supporting me and sharing the love.

Stay tuned.  Big things are ’bout to happen!

THANK YOU for your patience with my transitions.  It’s be a helluva year!

REMEMBER…One Green Smoothie CAN change EVERYTHING.

Peace y’all.





Where y’at, Jodi?


Pip tries to help, but her cuteness is a huge distraction

Will someone PLEASE tell me where the last three months have gone?

Lawdy.  I am gearing up to leave New Orleans for another 6-7 month stretch and am ill prepared for doing so because I feel like I just got home.  But North I will head because I have business to do AND another season of work as the dinner chef at Sonatina in Bennington, Vermont.  I pretty much  work 10 days a month for the piano camp and this year my days off will be vastly different than they were last year.  I’ll  have an apartment in Manchester, NH a short 45 minutes away from anyone I want to see and be near in the great Boston area (my hometown) and I am excited to put my head down and forge forward with my expanding business platform.

I am ready to take a break from living out of my car, which is basically what I have done this past year.  I have moved around quite a bit, and am ready to grow some roots, even if they are temporary ones.  I need a desk and a place to come back to where I can do laundry and repack my bags.  lol.  I haven’t even left the Gulf coast and I am already thinking about my return.  We know I LOVE to travel, but this not having a home base for the last 9 months has been exhausting.  So even if I sound like I’m whining it’s been a great run since May 2013.  Boston — Rockport, MA — Cape Cod — Montreal — Chevy Chase, MD — Charleston — Savannah — Atlanta — Tuskeegee — Pensacola — New Orleans — It’s exciting but trying to stay on top of my necessary food requirements without my own kitchen has been a challenge to say the least.

As you all know, I have been dealing with a myriad of health issues and I believe I have FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY been able to close in on  the root of the problem.  If you remember a few months back I wrote a post about my “craptastic” stool testing results,  and I have since been on the mend. But it took a long time to get where I am and it isn’t going to heal overnight.  Patience is the key.  I have been discovering more EVERY day about how I can help others who are also struggling.  What a JOURNEY!!!

So after SEVER years of an intense search, 10 different doctors in three states (LA, FL & TX), numerous healers in Latin America (oh, there were some really interesting ones) and acupuncturists in several major metropolitan areas,  I believe I have finally landed on the ROOT CAUSE of the medical challenges I have been struggling with for  DECADES.

Systemic candida.

I have been doing research and meeting with my wellness team here in New Orleans and look forward to sharing all I have learned when I can put it into a comprehensive and well though out post.  Lawdy, it’s far reaching but now it ALL MAKES SENSE.  All of it.

I have lots to do this last week here in NOLA before I first head East to the Fort Lauderdale area for a few weeks, then make my way North with an ETA for Vermont around March 26th.

My plan for my time in New England will have me busy with green smoothie classes all over the place.  If you are interested in me doing one for a group in your area, please contact me and let’s work out the details.

Thanks for YOUR patience as I transition, and I look forward to debuting my new website in the next few months.  Stay tuned.




Do NOT start a diet on January 1st!

I am begging you PLEASE don’t start a diet on January 1st.

Please, please, please, please, please don’t do it.  It’s a total set up for failure.

In 2 or 3 weeks you’ll fall off the wagon, eat some “offending” food and then throw the baby out with the bath water and HATE yourself for failing again.  Do NOT do it.  There is an easier way to make lasting change in your life by setting yourself up for success!  How you ask?  Just drink one green smoothie EVERY day.

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EVERY  morning get up and make yourself a green smoothie — a big fat one.  Drink half in the morning and pack up the other half and bring it with you wherever you are going for the day, NO exceptions.  You can continue to eat as you have been eating (okay, not like Christmas week eating) but do as you have been doing, just add a green smoothie EVERY day and you will be fast on the track towards better health through eating more nutrient dense foods.

What should you add after you become proficient with smoothies?  Stay tuned for that post coming your way in early 2014, just start with one green smoothie NOW.

Not sure how to make a smoothie?  Check out my blog post on 5 steps to the perfect smoothie.

Ultimately we want to move towards a diet filled with more WHOLE plant-based foods.   This is the first of many steps towards that goal.  Get good with it.  Become a pro.

Please share any of your tips for successful smoothies that you might have in the comments section below.

FYI, I just got a NutriBullet900 for $125 and it works AWESOME.

Happy New YOU!

The SUN is your FRIEND!

EXCESS sun is your enemy.

Stop being afraid of the damn sun!

I am convinced that one of the reasons that my health has been generally good most of my life is my huge affinity for being outside wearing as few clothes as possible.  No lie.  Call me crazy, but I believe one of the major contributing factors to the downward spiral of America’s health is a Vitamin D deficiency.

Decades ago when the whole ozone scare arose and they started putting sunscreen in EVERYTHING, we as a culture, stopped getting what we NEEDED from the sun.  Now, sunscreen is advertised as pretty much being in everything you might put on your skin from make up and moisturizer  to clothes.  It makes me crazy.  There are actually people who believe that skin cancer is coming not from the sun but the crap we put on our skin.  That’s right.  Slathering on sunscreen chemicals and sitting in the sun for hours on end could have an adverse effect on your health, just baking all that bad crap into your hot and open pores.  Blech.

Now I’m not suggesting you go out in the sun for hours on end and not protect yourself.  No ma’am. What I am suggesting is that you also consider protecting yourself with clothes or an umbrella.  You can be outside and still not be IN the sun the whole time.  Be prudent.  If you are spending an entire day outside say at a festival, fishing, or the like, then by all means, find a good quality sunscreen, preferably with mostly zinc oxide, and cover up.  Because a sunburn is really never ever good for you.  But you DON’T have to cover up with sunscreen every time you leave the house.  And it doesn’t have to be in all your skin care products.  THAT’s ridiculous.

My lunch time break in the back yard.

My lunch time break in the back yard.

What I am suggesting is that you need to knowingly get out in the sun WITHOUT  sun protection for about 15–20 minutes a day (arms and face exposed to the sun is sufficient for good uptake).  Why?  Because your body was DESIGNED to take Vitamin D this way.  Stop trying to pop a pill when the weather is good.  Get you butt outside.

So let’s just think when would be a good time to get that sun? Hmmmmm.  Hel-lo!! Lunch.  Grab a friend and your lunch and head outside.  The benefit you’ll get from the sun is great.  The benefits you’ll get from being out of the office and spending time with a co-worker – priceless.

Craptastic! One girl’s journey to health by way of stool testing.

So what’s a gal to call a blog post about a stool test?  Really?  For those of you not interested, I completely understand.  Feel free to move along, lol.  For the rest of you, hang on.  Some if it’s going to be shitty.

Female HazMat

That’s me preparing to actually root around in my poo before asking Mr. FedEx to carry it across the country and drop it at the lab.

My own personal journey to wellness continues to move forward…slowly but surely.  There has been a lot of transition in my life over the course of the last few months, and like everyone, finding the time, money and wear withal to take the finals steps towards wellness  has been difficult. The universe if finally putting what I need in front of me to succeed, and I’m moving forward.

Finding a doctor I believed in proved to be more difficult than I expected.  It has been almost a year since I was diagnosed with leaky gut, and 8 months since I stepped off of the gluten train.  Finally, I am entering a plan of treatment and hope to be close to finished with it come the first of the year.   As I always teach folks when trying to take on any large project in your life, you have to chunk it out into doable segments and keep forging forward.  Since I haven’t been so sick that I’m bed ridden, it’s been easy to push some of this stuff off.  No more.  I am finally ready and positioned to move forward.

I have been working with Dr. Amy Myers in Austin, Texas.  She is an up and coming functional medicine physician who walks the walk and talks the talk.  Like me, she has dealt with her own leaky gut and thyroid issues, and has an empathetic ear for those who suffer with similar problems.  And yes, leaky gut and the thyroid are connected.  Her website (blog especially) is a great resource for people wanting to educate themselves.  I strongly suggest some of her early podcasts about candida, thyroid, gluten and mycotoxins.  All very interesting and informative.  So the overall picture is that I suffer from hyposthyroidism and my stool tests revealed that I also have parasites, candida AND leaky gut.

Hypothyroidism means that my thyroid function is sluggish/slow.  Gluten greatly affects the thyroid’s function.  I have been on medication (armour) to treat this condition for two years.  My fantasy is to get off the medication, but based on what I have been told, it’s not likely.  I’m hopeful that maybe when my immune system regains its power that reducing/eliminating my meds is a possibility.  Send me some cyber love on that, please.  I’ll take all I can get.

Friend or foe?

Friend or foe?

You are going to be hearing more and more about the gut in general, but leaky gut awareness is on the rise, and education about this will NOT be ascertained from traditional medical doctors.  Do yourself a HUGE favor and find a FUNCTIONAL medicine doctor.  They are motivated to get to the ROOT cause of all your illnesses, rather than masking your problems with a prescription.  They also are focused on nutrition and how it affects our overall health, the other big area that traditional medicine seems to overlook.

So here’s the skinny….I have been having some long-term allergy-like symptoms and we believe that a major contributor to that is my leaky gut. The good news is it can be healed with diet and supplements.  What’s causes leaky gut?  There are a variety of potential answers to this but the general consensus is that our modern diet/processed foods play a big part in it.  Some of the major contributors are thought to be three particular things I consumed during my adult life — beer, wine, birth control pills.

I also have parasites.  Not surprising since I have done a LOT of international travel in my adult life, much of it to non-first world countries.  A recent conversation reminded me of a horrible food incident I had 10 years ago in Cuba that pretty much had me laying on the bathroom floor for a day and a half.  Could I have been dragging these bugs around THAT long? That’s a frightening though, huh?  Anyway, they  get treated first with an herbal concoction, rather than an antibiotic, for one solid month.

The next item uncovered was candida.  Since I have been diagnosed with leaky gut, I suspected that the candida I had and thought I treated 20 years ago, probably didn’t completely get eradicated at that time.  We know a lot more today than we did 20 years ago about this condition.   This time I’ll go on a very restrictive (and so not fun) candida starvation diet combined with a prescription for diflucan, an anti-fungal med to work on eliminating the candida as I try and basically starve it to death. Capryllic acid is also used to treat this condition, but I have a sensitivity to coconut products and it’s not a possibility for me. How do I starve the candida?  By NOT giving it foods it likes to eat(and grow) – sugars, fruit, carbs, fermented foods.  I’m not gonna lie.  This diet suuuuuuuuuuucks.  When I did it 20 years ago I lost 40lbs in 5 months!  I was in a much different place health/weight wise than I am now, and I don’t suspect I’ll lose much weight, but I tell you what my weight loss was so that you can wrap your brain around how truly restrictive it is.   In order to get enough nutrition I’m choosing to incorporate some animal proteins (likely fish) two or three days a week,  and I’m going to put my head down and just knock it out.  This “diet” will last about two months.   So when I start the parasite treatment I’ll also start this diet then slip right into finishing that up the following month when I start to take the diflucan.

Then while all this is going on I’ll be working on rebuilding my gut with herbs and supplements.

Good times.

When the two months or treatment for the above conditions is over, I’ll finally step up to the plate and do the two week elimination diet for the leaky gut.  It’s not very different from the candida diet other than I have to eliminate a few more items, notably ALL grains and night shade veggies.  Phew.  Exhausting.

But here’s the good news.  It’s all doable.  All of it.  Tough?  Absolutely.  But in a  few months I anticipate I’ll be like new money.  My goal is to be able to wrangle this all up by the end of the year.  That’s 4 months.  I CAN do this.  Once I get my gut healed, I’ll be able to ease back into some of my favorite fruits and veggies and eventually return to where I usually am at a 90%ish vegan lifestyle.

Knowledge is power.  Stay tuned.






What’s YOUR internal dialogue and is it helping or hurting you?


Amy sent me a postcard while she was on vacation in Ireland telling me how stellar the local food was.  I wrote to thank her for thinking of me and to check in on how she was doing.  She responded with, “I think about you all the time, Jodi.  You are often the guiding voice in my mind, helping me make the better choices in life. “   This is a huge  compliment and it got me thinking about who and what guides the choices that we all make in life?

Anyone who has known me for any amount of time has heard me say many times,  “We take in information only when we are ready for it.”  What I was told at say 19 and I didn’t take to heart, was likely presented again to me when I’m was 27 and was suddenly in love with the information.  I believe it is important to always be willing to listen to “old” information again because we never know how it will hit us the second (third, fourth or fifth) time around.  We aren’t always ready to hear what might benefit most at any given moment in our life but if we are lucky, we’ll have the opportunity again and the next time it will have a positive impact on our choices.

For many years my internal dialogue was not a good one.  Actually, it was pretty shitty.  The voice in your head that governs your behavior comes directly from the people and the environment that you surround yourself with (another post for another day).  That includes family too, and if your family lacks emotional fortitude, love, respect and confidence, your internal dialogue more likely than not reflects that negativity.  It’s that  paradigm of garbage in/garbage out thang.  It’s not  rocket science.

I didn’t grow up in the best of circumstances, but somehow I found a way to eventually change the ongoing and detrimental conversation that played over and over in my head and replace it with one that supported more of what I DESIRED in my life, not what I felt was handed to me.  It takes king-sized cohunes to step away from what’s presented to you, and forge your own path.   Do it.  It’s well worth the effort.

This is also true when we talk about food.  How do you decide what goes in your mouth?  What’s the internal dialogue that takes place with your overall wellness?  One thing most of us are all guilty of is the reward system with food. For many of us the conversation in our head goes something like this…

“OMG I worked so hard today, I deserve a pitcher of margaritas (bag of potato chips, pint of Ben & Jerry’s, pepperoni pizza)”

Right?  Lol.

How come we never say things like,

“Rock on, sistah.   How ‘bout a big fat green juice for a job well done.”

Why is it that when we think of “rewarding” ourselves we usually do so with something we KNOW is detrimental to our health?

Who teaches us that?

What motivates you to accept or reject that internal voice?

Where did that voice come from?

Was there a defining moment in your life when the conversation changed?

Please leave a comment in the section below so that maybe someone else can learn from YOUR experiences.


Where’s Jodi?

Where the hell have you been?

That’s the burning question people are asking.

ANSWER:  Vermont, gearing up for the big Summer Sonatina Piano Camp.

So as I posted a few weeks back, I have accepted a part-time job as a chef at a piano camp in Bennington, VT and when I arrived on May 13th I hit the ground running right smack into their busy season.  There are monthly adult SONATAS 12 times a year that require I work 10 days straight.  I have done two since arriving 5 weeks ago.  Now we are heading into 5 consequetive weeks of kid’s camp (Sonatinas) and those start on Sunday.  I have been working hard all week gearing up and getting ready.  I’ll have 60 + – mouths to feed daily, and preparing for it has been a bear.  Fun, but a bit overwhelming.  Today, I sort of slid into home.  With two more orders arriving tomorrow and Saturday, by Sunday the coffers will be FULL and the kitchen will be HOT.


The recently erected mess tent is where the kids will be consuming their meals.

Have I forgotten about you?  Of course not!!  While you are all gearing up for summer, I’m gearing up for lining my bank account so that I can get back to the business of MY business.  My goal is to re-brand by autumn, and get ready for my return to the South for the winter months.  It has been GREAT being here in the mountains of Vermont, but when the frost starts to fall on the pumpkin, Imma be ready to roll outta here.  Yaheardme?

So please be patient as I get through these few months of money making and stay tuned for some exciting NEWBIES coming before year end.

Who wants to travel to a dynamite destination in 2014?   I know I do.  Expect an international surprise in early 2014.  Scouting begins in September and I’m excited beyond belief.

If you haven’t already liked my FB page, please do so now.  That’s where you are most likely to find me over the course of the next few weeks.  I’ll be posting there daily.

And don’t forget I have a YouTube Channel if you are looking for some “how-to” videos for inspiration.

Enjoy the peak Vitamin D season!!!  Get some sun, but DON’T burn you butt!


Road Food

So what does a gal like me take on the road when I’m traveling for 10-12 days?  You KNOW I can’t be pulling into Micky D’s for a snack, right?  Remember I’m off of gluten, soy & corn.  The fast food highway is NOT an option for me.  So here are what’s in my big ass lunch pail.  Perfect?  No, but pretty darn close to it.

Road Food

Road Food

You can see some of the packaged foods.  Those chips make me break out like a teenager, but when I need that salty crunch, I’ve got to have it.  The trail mix and dried mango slices are usually in my bag on ANY given day.   Unfortunately, Whole Foods is having a difficult time keeping them in stock and that’s all I have for the WHOLE trip.  I didn’t get around to ordering them through before I left.  Bad, Jodi.  The pistachios are roasted and salted (OMG, nooooooooo) because I used to LOVE to eat pretzels when I was on long road trips, and this is the closest and safest choice I can get to those salty baked wonders.

The organic brown rice cake is my “bread”.  I love to have it in the morning for breakfast with a slather of nut butter and either sliced bananas or raw honey.  They also make a savory snack when drowned with mashed ripe avocado and sprinkled with a little sea salt.  I don’t need to explain the chocolate, right?  The apples are also very good sliced and dipped in the cashew butter.

Those bags on top of the nut butters hold raw trail mix and dried sliced mango.  And yes, that’s chocolate.  Soy free chocolate.

Restaurants I’ll be looking for will feature salads, salads and more salads. Ruby Tuesday’s (OMG did she just say that???) for their salad bar when I’m desperate.  I’ve got a new Chipotle app on my phone because while not a perfect choice, it’s a fairly good one, especially if I bypass the animal products (cheese, meats, dairy).   I’ll be looking for Indian food (typically vegan friendly), Vietnamese (soy friendly), Thai (veg friendly) and maybe some Mexican.   Those are my “go to” cuisines when I’m out and about.  In middle America I suspect there will be lots of Mexican – beans, rice, veggies.

Some folks have asked why I don’t have a cooler and more “fresh” food with me.  First, I have NO room for it.  My car is FULL UP with things I’m going to need in the next 6 months.  Secondly the thought of managing that sort of crap on a 2600 mile road trip exhausts me.  Most of what I brought with me is the stuff you need in a pinch–in between meals.  That’s were the big mistakes are made.  I can plan three meals a day no matter where I am (more on that in another post).  This was to get me through the snack attacks and potential missed meals.  The rice cakes are great with a mashed avocado on top in a pinch for a meal.  Or, slathered with nut butter and a sliced banana.  For 10 days, not likely.  But if I can’t FIND a meal where I am, I could create one with what I’ve got.

Oh and BTW, I have those sweet potato chips away.  They looked great in the store, but I know better.

So again, perfect?  No.  But pretty darn close.

Stay tuned!