Hi there, I’m Renee Byrd.
I’m a photographer, recipe developer, writer, blogger and yoga teacher based out of Charlottesville, VA. Welcome to Will Frolic for Food!
Since 2012 this blog has been my space to share the inspired plant-food creations I whip up in my kitchen, as well as my love for holistic wellness, herbalism, mindfulness and self-care. The recipes and posts you’ll find here are reflective of my own way of eating and living, emphasizing vibrant health, joy and pleasure in equal amounts.
Beyond blogging my days consist of boat-loads of herbal tea, a fair amount of coffee, teaching and practicing yoga, gathering herbs from the garden, cooking, shooting, styling and editing for myself and for clients from my home studio. When I’m not working I love to dance, travel and eat delicious food, host low key dinner gatherings, go paddle boarding and goof around with my husband.
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Below are answers to frequently asked questions submitted by readers.
Why did you start Will Frolic for Food?
I started WFFF back in 2012 because I wanted to share the recipes and resources I’d learned when I became deeply interested in whole food, plant-based, refined sugar free cooking and baking. One of my biggest inspirations for starting the blog was my process as I healed my IBS (severe pain + bloating) by reducing my stress and removing wheat, dairy, refined sugar and peanuts from my diet.
I could easily have felt trapped and depressed by the limitations of my diet, but I chose instead to see it as a set of creative limitations that would challenge my interests in cooking and baking. I spent two years learning how to cook and bake for special diets before starting WFFF. I wanted to share with others that food can be delicious and nourishing to body and soul even with various food restrictions, whether chosen or mandated.
What are your food sensitivities?
I have at various times been sensitive to wheat, sugar and peanuts. I’m allergic to cow dairy. I eliminated all of these things for 8 years before deciding to incorporate some of them back into my diet in small amounts with great success! I can now eat all of these foods in small amounts with no pain or issues. I still prefer to eat wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy free most of the time.
Why did you learn to cook?
I learned to cook because I love delicious food, for starters. I love to eat, I love to feed people, I love the process of making and cooking and baking. I love working with my hands. My talented mother taught me 99% of the basics and the rest I learned from cooking shows, cooking with friends, cooking and baking out of books, working in raw food kitchens and Organic groceries and (of course) lots and lots of trial and error.
Being able to cook has been an immensely empowering experience -- allowing me to eat delicious, pleasurable food even when I’ve had restrictions over the years.
Are you vegan / vegetarian / pescatarian etc.? What diet do you follow?
People ask me what my diet is all the time, and many folks assume I’m vegan because I eat plant-based 95% of the time. I don’t use diet labels. I’m not into food dogma. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits all food philosophy. There are so many individual factors in choosing what foods fit best for each person, and truly holistic nutrition factors in the physical body as well as the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
We have to serve our whole selves to find what’s right for each of us. I’ve personally had a lot of success in supporting my health, reducing my chronic migraines and maintaining my weight by eating a varied, plant-rich, nutrient-dense diet. I eat everything and do my best to source all of my food consciously, keeping sustainability and compassion for all beings at top of mind.
Are you an herbalist / holistic nutritionist?
I’m not formally trained as an herbalist or nutritionist, and I don’t practice as either. I have studied nutrition for over ten years and herbalism for two, and I love to share my personal discoveries. I don’t claim to be a clinician -- my suggestions are based on referenced research or my personal experience only.
Where did you learn photography?
I first picked up a camera in 2010 and learned photography mostly by reading, observing, practicing and taking the occasional workshop.
What kind of gear do you use for your photography?
I use a Canon 5D Mark IV and 50mm f/1.4 primarily. I also use a Sigma for Canon macro 50mm f/2.8 occasionally. Check out my gear page for my extensive explanation of all the gear I use for shooting, editing and blogging.
Will you mentor me in blogging / photography / business?
Yes! You can find my mentorship slots on Patreon here.
Where can I find your presets?
You can find them here on my shop page.
Do you make money from your blog? How?
I make money via my blog from ads and sponsorships. Ads basically only cover my costs of running this site. I only work with top-notch companies for sponsorships that meet my quality, sustainability and ethical standards. I also have a Patreon, which allows readers to support my work in exchange for getting special perks like ad-free versions of my blog posts, merch and mentorships.
Do you have a book? Is a book on the way?
No I don’t currently have a book and there’s no physical book on the way as of right now. But I would love to publish a book! In the mean-time you can download my free Life Changing Lattes E-Book.