BIO

Carrie is an author, recipe creator, food lover, and feels super pumped about connecting people in her online community,www.ourstabletable.com. With a great sense of humor, warmth, and vulnerability, Carrie brings genuine reality to the Internet, along with tasty food and slightly inappropriate jokes. After receiving her paramedic medical training, Carrie spent a decade abroad and in the U.S. in the non-profit medical sector, before venturing into the world of Ayurveda and integrated health in 2011.

Carrie uses her skills mostly for good these days, and helps clients from all over the world meet their health goals. She loves spending time around the table with her young son, partner, family, and friends. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Carrie Saum's Articles

You are every bit as engaging, worthy, and likable on your own.

What To Do When You Don't Know How To Be Alone

In an age where we are isolated but still technologically connected, this is important. It’s okay to be alone. It’s okay to be unoccupied.
Carrie Saum    |   08.17.18 12am   |   SHARE
By the time I was 13, the message had come through loud and clear: Thinness was next to Godliness, and I could never achieve either without extraordinary means.

Purity Culture & Weight: Jesus Loves Skinny People​

By 13, I clearly understood: Thinness was next to Godliness, and I could never achieve either without extraordinary means. Jesus loves skinny people.
Carrie Saum    |   08.8.18 12am   |   SHARE
Not only was TV working as part of my parenting routine, we also unashamedly used it as a babysitter.

Plot Twist: Watching TV Makes Us A Better Family​

Not only was TV working as part of my parenting routine, we also unashamedly used it as a babysitter. Yes, you read that correctly!
Carrie Saum    |   07.19.18 12am   |   SHARE
For the first time in my life, I was lost after leaving Evangelical Christianity. I watched the shores of everything safe and familiar wash away.

On Leaving Evangelical Christianity 

For the first time in my life, I was lost after leaving Evangelical Christianity. I watched the shores of everything safe and familiar wash away.
Carrie Saum    |   07.2.18 12am   |   SHARE
Photo by Philippe Murray-Pietsch on Unsplash

Family Vacation Survival Guide

Summer is officially upon us, and with it comes epic family vacation plans sure to generate tales of your family’s (mis)adventures for years to come.
Carrie Saum    |   06.21.18 12am   |   SHARE
I understood in no uncertain terms because of purity culture that having sex outside of marriage was the worst thing I could do as a young woman.

Purity Culture Isn't Just About Sex

I understood in no uncertain terms because of purity culture that having sex outside of marriage was the worst thing I could do as a young woman.
Carrie Saum    |   06.15.18 12am   |   SHARE
Photo by Maciej Ostrowski on Unsplash

An Education Guide For White People

As white feminists, we have an absolute and undeniable responsibility to seek out perspectives of marginalized people and gain understanding.
Carrie Saum    |   05.29.18 12am   |   SHARE
Here's how to cope with a toxic family member.

What To Do When You Have A Toxic Family Member

Do you have that ONE family member? The one that makes family gatherings risky at best and scary at worst. Here's how to cope with a toxic family member.
Carrie Saum    |   05.22.18 12am   |   SHARE
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

My Son Has FPIES, And I Hate Food Allergy Awareness Month

Virtually no research exists for FPIES. Food Allergy Awareness month remind me that even though he is resilient, he is still vulnerable.
Carrie Saum    |   05.4.18 12am   |   SHARE
Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash

What To Do When You Realize You Accidentally Joined A Cult ​

20 years later, it is still an experience that I am actively deconstructing. Why? Because I joined a cult. And maybe have too. If so, here’s how to get out.
Carrie Saum    |   04.25.18 12am   |   SHARE