We had the good fortune of connecting with Hilary Boynton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hilary, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from New New Hampshire/Massachusetts. I struggled with eating issues and bad skin as a teen and ultimately went fat free in high school and college. It was when I was 26, and newly married, that I realized something was wrong. I suddenly could not hold a baby and went not to miscarry 4 times over the course of 3 years. It was devastating. After fertility treatments I was blessed with triplets and ultimately went on to have 2 more children naturally and suddenly had 5 children under 4 years of age. My 4th baby had severe eczema and that is what really started my real food journey. I healed him with raw milk and cod liver oil when every doc said drugs were the answer and this was his lot in life. A daughter with epilepsy, a dad with Alzheimers and then a husband with throat cancer took things up a notch. I have been a real food activist now for the past 13 years hoping to wake people up, connect them to their local food sources, teach them to cook and empower them to prevent disease. I am very passionate about children’s health and ultimately became the lunch lady at my children’s school to combat the devastating effects of poor nutrition served up to kids at school.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel most proud of the street cred I have built over the years. Despite naysayers and stumbling blocks along the way I have persevered, and carried on with a purpose. I have seen the power of food as medicine, and I have lived through the destruction of disease. I understand the beauty of living in harmony with our natural surroundings and in a state of homeostasis within. When we are out of balance we spend our days and our money chasing health often in fear and dependent on the medical system. I work tirelessly to empower people with the tools to own their own health. I get excited when I see people start to unwind the confusion and tap into what they intrinsically know to be true and good – real food from our local food system. Cooking and knowing how to properly nourish ourselves has become a lost life skill. It makes me so happy when people have that same aha moment that I did years ago, and feel empowered to take control of their own health and prevent disease. It starts in the kitchen. Connecting people to their local farmers and food purveyors through storytelling creates sustainability – for when people understand “the who” and “the why” behind their food they then become more invested and vote with their dollar. At School of Lunch we are invested in empowering the individual with the knowledge to make empowered decisions. Through a supportive online community and continued education we help to maintain and build the empowerment creating a groundswell of like minded people making positive changes in their own lives that then become habits and ultimately influence others to join in.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hmmmm, I often feel frustrated going out to eat as I know most restaurants use processed vegetable oils in cooking and in dressings and sauces. However, there are a few places that I love. I would first take them to a farmers market and introduce them to so many beautiful farmer friends who can share their stories and give them a glimpse of all the amazing things happening in our local food system. I would bring home our farm fresh goods and cook up some easy, simple delicious meals at home.

I would absolutely take them to the beach for a picnic and a walk along the ocean. It’s simply grounding for me to be at the beach. I would also take them on a hike in Topanga to immerse them in nature and feel the magnitude of the mountains around. Swing by the Canyon bakery for some sourdough goodness and a coffee in Topanga center is always fun. I’d pick up some amazing cheese and wine from The Canyon Gourmet and take home to enjoy with my sourdough. A drive up to Santa Barbara for the farmers market is amazing.

I always stop at Prospect Coffee Roasters on the way there in Ventura. I love the fish tacos at Corazan Cucina in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Handlebar coffee is a favorite as is The Apiary in Carpenteria. On the way home a swing through Ojai for dinner at Ojai Rotie is a must – even bringing along our mead from the Apiary to enjoy with dinner. Belcampo is a staple place to get a burger either at Grand Central Market or Wilshire in Santa Monica. The best burger! Cookbook in Echo Park. Gjelina on Abbot Kinney. Culture Club 101 in Pasadena. Grist and Toll in Pasadena. Jenny’s ice cream in Calabasas. Malibu Farm on the Pier is always fun. Gjusta and Gjelina in Venice Apricot Lane Farm – Home of The Biggest Little Farm

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Weston A Price Foundation and Sally Fallon’s Book Nourishing Traditions changed my life by opening my eyes to ancestral wisdom and traditional methods of cooking. I truly owe the recovery of my health, and the health of my family, to the foundation and their dedication to education and empowerment.

Website: www.mysolbox.com coming soon www.schooloflunch.com
Instagram: @schooloflunch
Facebook: Hilary Boynton, Live Yum Yum, The SOL Box and The Heal Your Gut Cookbook
Other: Can we chat soon? We are in the throws of launching some things so want to make sure timing is right. Call me when you can 978-580-1616 or home 818-914-6501. Thanks,Hilary

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