Welcome to Roots and Sol! My name is Sarah and I’m a 20 something food fanatic living in beautiful sweet home Chicago. I played competitive volleyball for 10 years and after graduating from Manhattan College in 2015, I moved back to Chicago and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the city. In my free time I love to run, travel, cook, eat, eat some more, hang with my feline friend, Sprinkles, and spend time with friends and family.

My love affair with food began as early as I can remember, as I watched my Italian mama prepare meals with love and care like it was an art-form. I developed a serious passion for food of every shape and size, and growing up I certainly didn’t discriminate against processed, fast foods, and artificial sweeteners. To me it was all good and by the time I was in high school, the sugar addiction was as REAL.

In 2011 I made a decision to reform my junk food addict ways and dove into the world of eating for health. Through reading a countless amount of blogs and articles on the power of whole foods, I changed my life and left my processed, Splenda filled munchies in the past. In college my passion for food kept growing, as did my enthusiasm for holistic health, grocery shopping, cooking, and sharing my creations (for better or for worse) with my brave and loving friends and family.

I created Roots and Sol to share my journey, thoughts, and feel-good recipes that help you feel your best and shine from the inside out! As an avid blog reader for years, I found myself tweaking recipes from around the web so often that I decided to finally make the leap and create my own bloggy blog. I am not a health professional, nutritionist or dietitian. I’m just a girl, writing to my readers, asking them to join me in my exploration of food, health, healing, and all things plant.

My Food Philosophy

Long story short, my food philosophy is simply to eat as much whole food as possible!

Through my own trials and tribulations I am hear to tell you that eating for health is not a “diet”, “fad”, or “trend”. It is a lifestyle! And as with any lifestyle change, it takes time, patience, hard work and most importantly self-love. Health is individual, but there is no denying the fact that what we put into our bodies is SO important.

But I have good news for you! Nourishing your body with whole, plant based foods is actually fun and delicious and makes you feel like you’re on crack but you’re really just high on the entire pan of Sweet Potato Brownies you just ate… that might be just me though. O yea, balance is kinda important too! And moderation, and never depriving yourself of something you want or feeling guilty about it. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of getting to know my body through food and I hope you enjoy yours as well. So come on in.. stay a while.. look around.. Read some things..comment.. whatever your beautiful heart desires.

Thanks for reading and happy eating!

XO, Sarah