014 – Kath Younger, Kath Eats Real Food


11752109_10205775569802156_844029383696423941_nReal food isn’t processed food. It isn’t created in a lab with flavor chemicals. It doesn’t contain preservatives. It’s tasty, healthful, and doesn’t require a culinary degree to prepare. And yes, it can contain fat and sugar. Kath Younger, a registered dietician, is one of the earliest and most well-known healthy lifestyle bloggers. Since 2007 she has chronicled her daily meals at KathEats.com and for many years, blogged each meal three times a day.

The discipline required for such a feat is astounding to me and I couldn’t wait to talk to her about it, and about how she was able to take a hobby and turn it into a profitable online business. What are her challenges and triumphs? When you’ve been blogging for eight years, and your life changes, how does it affect content? And how do you evolve your content without alienating your readers? Is there a secret junk food she doesn’t include in the blog? And why does she put “junk food” in quotes?

We cover all of that, moving on to small changes you can make to improve your health, and why she believes an “addition” philosophy is better than one of “subtraction”. We gush over our shared love for butterscotch, and spend a ton of time grieving the loss of Eppie’s Santa Fe Salad. We also talk about how we deal with the sometimes vitriolic nature of the Internet, and how advice from Pëma Chödron might help.

What began as a conversation on eating healthy, ended up a therapy session for me on how to exercise more often! There may or may not have been a beer tasting. I wax poetic about Overnight Oats, and how it changed the way I start my day. And I say “insane” a lot. How many times? A prize for someone who can tell me 😉 Enjoy! As always, I appreciate your constructive comments and suggestions.

This episode is sponsored by In A Flash Laser Engraving.

SHOW NOTES – Links to items discussed within the episode:

The Squiggly Line Effect – Kath Younger’s Approach to Weight Maintenance

Pocket Yoga – I use this app to design/build my own yoga routine, great app!

Amy Tan’s Quote Regarding Unkind Internet Comments


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  • Anna


    Dear god, you are stupider than kath. Negative comments do not come from people with no control over their lives. Sometimes your readers/listeners just think you are being asine. If the tone is too snarky for you, thst is your problem.

    • Jenée Libby


      Appreciate the feedback. And the use of spell check 😉

  • I really enjoyed your interview with Kath! My parents live right outside of C’ville so I am down there several times a year. I loved the last bit especially where you asked her about here one thing to add, ect. Great ideas!

    • Jenée Libby


      Thank you so much! Yeah, I’m kind of lazy when it comes to healthy eating, working out, etc. so I thought other folks might benefit from this approach too. Thanks for the feedback…and for listening 🙂