Portrait of blog owner, Lori

Hello, and welcome to Our Heritage of Health! My name is Lori Elliott. I live in suburban Massachusetts, but I’m a country girl at heart, and someday I’d love to live in an old, historic farmhouse with a front porch and a fireplace and enough land for animals and a big vegetable and herb garden.

I love all things old-fashioned, and my favorite pastimes are the simple ones like taking my dog on a walk through the woods or reading a book on a rainy day. I could read all day and never get tired of it. My idea of the perfect relaxing evening would be sitting by the fireplace with a good book, a cozy blanket, and a warm cup of tea.

When I’m not reading, I enjoy quilting, playing the piano, listening to music, and working in my little backyard garden. I also love browsing through antique stores and collecting old cookbooks and household items from the 19th century.

Cup of tea with antique books and dried flowers and clover on a table

This is my “baby,” Daisy. She’s just as sweet as she looks in this picture (most of the time), and she’s my motivation for getting off the couch and going outside for some fresh air in the winter time. If it weren’t for her, I think I would just hibernate until spring. Daisy also takes care of any of my failed recipe experiments so that no food goes to waste. And, yes, the trash strewn all over the floor is from her šŸ™‚

Picture of yellow lab Golden Retriever mix dog with stuffed animal

I’ve always had a fascination with the past, and I love learning about history and finding ways to incorporate what I learn into my daily life. While I still use and enjoy modern conveniences, I’m a very traditional sort of person, and I love doing things the old-fashioned way.

I might not be ready to give up the washing machine quite yet and go back to scrubbing clothes on a washboard, and I’m definitely not ready to give up the conveniences of electricity and indoor plumbing . . . but I do think that there is a lot that we can learn from the traditional foods, work ethic, and do-it-yourself mentality of the “good old days.”

Even though I don’t do my cooking over an open fire or even with a wood stove (although I’d love to have one of those someday!), I like to make things from scratch, focusing on using fresh, whole foods and natural ingredients rather than processed and packaged foods.

bowl of chicken and vegetable soup with spoon

I cook the way I imagine my great-great grandmother might have cooked over a century ago. I believe that God has created so many healthy, beautiful foods for us to eat, and it makes no sense to me to destroy the natural state of those foods with modern food processing, chemical preservatives, and artificial ingredients. I do a lot of experimenting with old-fashioned recipes and with traditional methods of food preparation, and I am on a journey toward healthier eating, natural living, and a simpler lifestyle.

There’s so much that we can learn from the past, from the heritage of those who lived in the centuries before us. I want to return to the old ways of cooking a nourishing, homemade meal rather than popping a box in the microwave, of using household products made with simple ingredients rather than chemicals, and of focusing on the health and well-being of the whole body rather than swallowing a pill to mask an isolated symptom.

I think it’s about time for our modern world to remember its rich heritage of health!

mortar and pestle with dried herbs and bottle of herbs

About the Blog:

Our Heritage of Health is all about ways that we can let old-fashioned wisdom inspire our modern lifestyles, including topics such as:

  • Old-fashioned, real-food, made-from-scratch recipes
  • Natural health and wellness
  • Herbal remedies
  • Gardening
  • DIY household ideas and projects
  • Household cleaning, organizing, etc.
  • Random old-fashioned tips and advice
  • Recommendations for books, products, inspiration, etc.


11 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hey, my name is Estela,
    I really enjoyed reading through your page. It seems like we have a lot of things in common. First, Im from Amherst, Massachusetts, I’m a country girl at heart and I love everything about the 19th century. I love your description of the house you’d like to live in, especially on the farm. It’s nice that you addvocate healthy eating and cooking from scratch. I’d like to know you more and maybe one day meet. Good luck with your journey.

    – best regards, Estela

    • Hi Estela, I’m glad you dropped by my page! Yes, it does sound like we have a lot of things in common. And those things all fit well together too, I think, since eating healthy and cooking food from scratch were common practices in the 19th century and since living out in the country on a farm allows you to grow a lot of your own food, too. Maybe we’ll run into each other sometime seeing as we’re both from MA. Good luck with your healthy living journey too! šŸ™‚

  2. Hi Lori
    Iā€™m from Bowmanville, Ontario Canada.
    I loved reading your Bio, and all your dreams, and interests.
    I share some of the same interests.
    Keep the good stuff coming..ā¤ļø

  3. Hi Lori,

    Thanks for your tips and tricks about starting your own vegetable garden.
    I’m from Auckland, New Zealand so our climate is a lot different here, but getting my soil tested seems like a great place to start. Thanks!

    • Hi Kathryn, thanks for stopping by! And you’re very welcome for the gardening tips šŸ™‚ I’ve never been to New Zealand before, so I’m not familiar with the climate, but like you said it’s probably quite a bit different and soil testing sounds like a good place to start. I wish you all the best with your garden!

  4. Hello Miss Lori,
    I’m Lila. I’m in Ft. Worth,TX. I stopped by briefly. It was a pleasure meeting you. I appreciated your bio. I, also, appreciate old fashioned wisdom for modern living. Funny how things/”living”- changes with technology. Yet old fashioned wisdom is everlasting. Tku for sharing a piece of the past!
    See you soon,
    Mrs. Lila Hernandez

    • Hello, and thank you for stopping by! It’s nice to meet you too! Yes, it’s very interesting how things can change a lot with technology but old-fashioned wisdom stays the same. You’re welcome, and thanks again for stopping by! šŸ™‚

  5. Hi Lori, I bought your e-book heritage cooking and am Wondering where it goes when you download it? Is it a kindle or do you need to print it?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Alice, I’m sorry about the delay in my reply. (I didn’t check blog comments yesterday.) The book is a pdf file, so you should be able to download it to your device. You could print it if you wanted a hard copy, but you shouldn’t need to print it in order to view it. If you have any trouble at all with downloading or opening it you can comment again and I’ll see what I can do to help figure things out šŸ™‚


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