Hi there, I’m Renee Byrd. Writer, photographer and yoga babe. Most days you can find me curled up on my couch with a cup of tea, laughing with my husband in our little house at the end of the lane, or making delicious, healthy treats that feed mind, body and spirit. I’m just a small town gal who turned her passion for healthy eating into a career, one whimsical photo of fancy lattes at a time. I’m mostly known for my plant-centric recipes — many of which are inspired by my love of herbalism and ayurveda. I’m also known for my quirky sense of humor, and for just plain keeping it real on the internet. I love to talk about mental health, mindfulness, money and self-love. And I especially love to talk about the lessons I’ve learned since discovering that I’m a Highly Sensitive Person. It’s such a pleasure to serve the world by creating special-diets friendly recipes and thoughtful lifestyle guides for sensitive folks like myself.
The things I’m most passionate about in life are: the healing journey, creative expression and helping people make healthy lifestyle changes in self-loving ways that really work. No dogma, no labels. Just plain and simple solutions. Plant-based food that you actually want to eat. Healthy lifestyle resources that you can actually put into practice. Because self-care is not at all about bourgeois gold-flake cordyceps coconut butter reverse osmosis face masks. It can be as simple as breathing, journaling, talking to a friend you love on the phone. Let’s make self-care realistic again, together.
Although I spend a lot of my professional time doing freelance photography and product styling, the reason I keep blogging is because I love to serve people who are sensitive like me. Both folks who are sensitive to certain foods and folks who identify as HSP (many HSPs have food sensitivites, curiously… perhaps you relate!).
I personally have a number of food sensitivities that forced me to learn how to cook special meals and desserts for myself waaaayyy back in 2010. Dairy, modern wheat and refined sugar all pose problems for me. Learning to cook healthy food for myself not only taught me a boat load about nutrition, it helped me to fall in love with food again. And, even better, it helped me to find peace with my body. I love to share the recipes I make for myself, in the hopes that these recipes help you on your own health and healing journey.
So whether you’re here because you love food, love to learn about being Highly Sensitive or just need a moment of calm in this overstimulating modern world… welcome! This place is for you.
Still here? Okay, okay. Here’s some more tidbits about me!
When I’m not busy working on my blog you can catch me teaching or practicing yoga, playing music in my band Larkspur or helping my husband sell his home-roasted coffee at the local Farmers Market! We have a certified commercial kitchen in my backyard where he does all of his roasting (pretty cool, eh?). I also love to go snack-packing (hiking + treats) on the many beautiful trails all around Charlottesville, Virginia, where I live. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian trail are just a short drive from my house.
And Here are six things you might not know about me.
I’m a self-taught photographer. I picked up my first camera to shoot my aunt’s jewelry line when I was 20.
I’m a navy brat. My dad, granddad and great granddad were all high ranking officers and avid sailors. As a navy kid I always had an ocean or bay nearby until I moved to the mountains (but I get a little antsy if I don’t swim for a while!).
My husband is Highly Sensitive too. He’s also the funniest person I know. And he has a total sweet tooth. AND he’s a pisces. He’s basically Ron Weasley. #dreamboy
My major in college was “Indic Studies” — which is an Eastern Philosophy and World Religions degree.
In Myers-Briggs typology I’m an E/INFP — the “mediator” or “campaigner.” I’m a true ambivert.
I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd! I’ve read the series 12 times at least! #achocolateadaykeepsthedementorsaway
ABOUT THE RECIPES
Recipes on this blog are appropriate for many diets: all of the recipes are vegetarian and refined sugar free. Over 90% of the recipes are gluten-free and dairy free, although occasionally I’ll post a recipe using spelt, ghee or goat cheese. Many recipes are grain free or paleo friendly.
Will Frolic for Food has been featured by Food Network, Better Homes and Gardens, Food52, Alive Magazine, Self Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, BuzzFeed, Thrive Magazine, Zeit Magazin and many more. See more press here.
Always feel free to shoot me a message, whether you're looking for a bit of advice, you'd like to work together or you'd just like to have a chat.