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I'm Jo. I cook. I love food. I take pictures of my dinner.
I've also guest posted for a number of websites, including Autoimmune Paleo and The Paleo Mom and have released a series of Kindle ebooks.
Although my blogging adventure started out as a way to celebrate all kinds of comfort foods, in 2013 I discovered a whole new way of eating. I cut out refined sugars and heavy refined starches for three years. Eating a modified form of the paleo diet (it actually has less to do with cavemen than the press would have you believe) helped me heal and reverse the psoriasis and IBS I'd suffered with for 25 years. Eating well helped me regain my health, and made me realise how much my old diet was high in refined sugars, processed starches, takeaway meals and junk. I used to eat lasagne for breakfast, doughnuts in between and pasta pretty much six days a week. I'd polish off a tub of Haagen Daaz between lunchtime and the school run. Ditching all of this and switching to eating well made a huge difference to my health.
Nowadays, my psoriasis is virtually clear, I have none of my old digestive trouble and I've lost a lot of weight. I feel healthier now and I eat a little bit more relaxed. I eat some grains but I've learned that I don't tolerate beans, lentils or dairy. You'll find paleo, AIP, primal, vegetarian and vegan recipes on the blog, but my diet now is less of a 'pigeon hole category' and more about what works for me. Some grains, lots of veggies, healing foods and very limited refined sugars or processed food seem to work pretty well for me. My diet is mostly gluten free although I've made the decision to start experimenting with some non paleo foods, to see how that goes. Eating for your health is about finding out what works for you, and I do think we are all different. As someone who knows how limiting the AIP diet can seem, I do continue to support the paleo and AIP community with posts, recipes and moderating on Facebook.
However you eat, food shouldn't be seen as just fuel, something to grab, eat and go - it's something that can give us a boost and bolster us when we're feeling down. You can have good, comforting food whatever diet you have. With the odd little treat along the way, obviously.
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I'd like to send you samples/tell you about a product. Can I do that?
I no longer accept only samples for work on recipe development, product reviews or PR campaigns. If you'd like to get in touch with me to see how I can help you with a campaign then please have a read of my media page. It might be useful for you to know that I don't eat dairy, alcohol or any processed foods.
Who does your photography?
I do! I use my Nikon D3100 camera and a 18-55mm lens. I only use Lightroom to edit photographs when it needs lightening (on a dark day, for example) or a little bit of sharpening. I was once accused by someone of photoshopping the cut yolk of an egg to look better but I honestly wouldn't know where to start.
Can I include your photos in a roundup?
Yes! I love when my work is shared - you can take one photo of a recipe but please don't include the recipe itself or the ingredients list - and do link back to the original post. Email or tweet me if you share my work, so I can share it on my social media channels and send readers your way too. If you want to use my photographs to promote a product or anything other than a roundup list then please contact me first. Thinking of stealing my photos, recipes or text to use elsewhere without permission? You'll want to read this. (In other words, please don't do it.) I will issue DMCA takedown notices and may take legal action if I see my content being published elsewhere without my permission.
Can I print your recipe on my blog/website?
It takes me a lot of time to develop, cook, perfect, photograph and write up my recipes, not to mention put a lot of my own money into doing this so that I can keep providing free recipes for you all. If you're interested in using one of my recipes on your site or magazine then please contact me first. If I see any recipes or content from the blog that I find reproduced without my permission I will file a DMCA complaint. Not good.
I would like to adapt one of your recipes. Is that ok?
Yep! If you want to adapt a recipe, please do credit me as the source of your inspiration (this would seriously make my day) on your blog and link back to the original on Comfort Bites. And tell me about it so I can have a look and share the love.
What are affiliate links?
Sometimes I use affiliate links when I share links to products on the blog. All this means is that you don't pay any more for the item - the price stays the same - but I might receive a small commission from the company if you do go ahead and make a purchase. Any commission I do receive goes back into developing recipes for you all for the blog. Hurray!
Can we be friends?
That would be awesome. Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google Plus. I've just started doing videos on You Tube too, related to recipes, paleo or AIP. Tag me @joromerofood in photos of dishes you've made, that you've found on the blog or in my ebooks. I'll retweet or regram them for everyone else to see.
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My work has also been featured on other sites and I've commented on subjects including autoimmunity, psoriasis and healthy food. Come and have a look at where I've been featured here...
Free From Heaven Magazine, January 2017
The Ultimate Guide to Bone Broth, Kettle and Fire
Diane Sanfilippo '21 Day Sugar Detox', Tuna and Basil Bites featured
Healthy Start Box recipes for Well Hung Meat Co
Phoenix Helix 'Healing Stories' Podcast, Episode 30: On healing psoriasis using diet and lifestyle.
AIP Kitchen Tour on Autoimmune Paleo - come and have a snoop around my (pretty small) kitchen!
The Autoimmune Connection - interview/hangout with Jo talking with three other bloggers about staying motivated on the autoimmune protocol diet.
Jo's Recipes for Farmer's Choice
Guest Post on The Paleo Mom's Real People, Real Paleo series about Jo's struggle with psoriasis
"22 Ways to Use Up Leftover Rice", The Guardian, 3 June 2014 (Burritos!)
Primal Eye Magazine
The Express Jo talks about natural foods that can increase your libido