about me . . .

Name is Katie Brown and I am mildly obsessed (ok, really obsessed) with FOOD & HEALTH and teaching others how they too can FEEL GOOD without restricting things they love.

Real Food with Gratitude was launched in 2017 as a place to go to find easy and healthy-ish recipes, learn about new health products and/or gain ideas for your own health journey. This site is about how to go from feeling unhealthy most of the time to feeling good all the time, in no time.

I am in a "twenty-somethings" living in Richmond, VA. I am here to give you quick and easy (healthy) recipes, how to better meal prep and plan for your week, info on healthy products/food and how you can live a healthy lifestyle while living in a processed food filled world. I focus on things with minimal ingredients, minimal process/chemicals, REAL foods, and meal prepping. Also, how to focus on fat, carbs, and protein to fuel your body and how to not fear fat & carbs (they are your FRIEND!) I love prepping different ingredients early in the week (fats, proteins, and carbs) and love nothing more in making fun and exciting meals out of them in just minutes.

I am in training to become certified health coach but I am also just a girl who used to struggle and obsess about being skinny and has found a path forward in how to live a happy and healthy life WITH food, not WITHOUT it. I personally am one who focuses on eating REAL instead of focusing on the next new diet or trend. That means living a balanced lifestyle and also going through some trial and error to figure out what works for YOU.

How did this become my life?

During college, I did live the whole “college student” life of partying, pizza, beer, no exercise, staying up late, didn’t care how I felt routine. After college, my goal was to lose all the weight I gained and quickly that became my life and I didn’t care how I got there. I tried everything but for some reason, I never lost weight and if I did, it quickly came back. But more importantly, I still felt terrible. In 2016, I had 2 surgeries that left me unable to work out and eating anything I wanted. After I was healed, I realized I needed to take care of my body and actually care about WHAT I was putting in my body. I started an Instagram to have a place to put my recipes as well as keep myself accountable. And the wheels on that train never stopped…

So, I started my blog, Real Food with Gratitude, LLC as a place for all my recipes where my friends could go to check them out. I had no thoughts of ever making it my full-time job and I actually didn’t know it was even in the realm of possibilities that it COULD be my full-time job. But, as each day went on, I was spending all of my time on Instagram and reading nutrition articles and trying every single “fad” product or healthy thing I saw. Once I figured out what worked for me, I quickly realized I would LOVE to talk to people like I was and HELP them

I quit my job as a sales professional, decided to enroll in school to get my health coach and nutrition certification and start focusing on how I can help YOU better. If you’re interested in learning how to live a healthier lifestyle without much sacrifice, feel better, look better and be HAPPY, I am here to help.

Things about me:

  1. I am 29 and live in Richmond, VA (grew up in the country on 100 acres but now live in the city)

  2. I have 2 half-brothers (9 & 10 years older than me) -- 1 is a chef

  3. I am a barre and fitness instructor instructor, free lance food photographer and also a social media consultant for restaurants/brqands

  4. I worked as a sales rep for 3 companies before starting Real Food with Gratitude, LLC (one was going door to door for a phone company selling phone lines internet on the spot- for 2 years!)

  5. I make & drink Bulletproof Coffee every morning and don’t eat breakfast (but obviiii not against it— you do YOU (read more about that here)

  6. I have the best cat in the world [Maddy]

  7. I have 50+ plants and candles in my house

  8. I am in school to become a health coach at IIN (Institute for Integration Nutrition)

  9. I studied abroad in Spain in high school and also lived and studied art in Florence,Italy for 4 months in college (photos here)

  10. My mom (amazing chef, who taught me most everything I know) passed away of Pancreatic Cancer in 2014, she is the reason I love food so much