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Wellness on the Web: The First Mess

Friends! I’m excited to introduce Wellness on the Web, an ongoing interview series that showcases bloggers who focus on food that is clean, unrefined, nourishing and naturally delicious. When I first began cooking for myself in college, almost all of my inspiration came through the discovery of the food blog world; I wouldn’t know cumin from curry powder today had I not pored over dozens of posts by the countless talented cooks who chronicle their kitchen adventures online. I hope that Wellness on the Web provides you some of that same inspiration, and hey, maybe introduces some new friends. Now, without further ado, please welcome…


Laura | The First Mess
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All photos courtesy of The First Mess

How did The First Mess come to be?
I grew up with my parents’ local produce market and a giant vegetable garden out back, all surrounded by vineyards and peach orchards, so I guess I kind of grew up with good, seasonal food. I had been working in restaurants for a long time and after I graduated from a nutritional culinary program, I just wanted to share everything I had learned to show people that healthy living can be easy/tasty.

What motivated you to commit to a refined-foods-free lifestyle?
Like I said, I kind of grew up with the unprocessed foods/vegetables-everywhere scene, so there wasn’t any drastic transition. Eating this way makes me feel nourished in a very complete sense, so I’m inclined to keep it up and share it.

What advice would you give to readers working to lead a less processed life?
Be prepared! I find it so much easier to eat well if I’ve pre-cut/washed some greens, cooked a pot of quinoa or roasted a bunch of vegetables early in the week. I usually have some kind of tasty dressing or sauce around, so I just throw all of those things together with a sprinkle of nuts or seeds for a satisfying meal that I can sit down to.

Favorite in-a-pinch healthy meal?
Ripe avocado mashed on sprouted grain toast with lots of lemon juice, salt and pepper.


Thanks so much for sharing, Laura! Do you guys have any additional questions for her?