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Hi, I’m Tracey. Welcome to Don’t Mess with Mama.

Join me to stand up against junk food, overly processed meals and artificial ingredients. I’ll show you how to cook wholesome, gluten free (and grain free) meals with real food ingredients – like raw dairy, organic and local produce and pastured meat and eggs – to nourish your family. I’ll even share health news and tips about the important role nutrition plays in our lives.

You’ll also find my favorite DIY and homemade recipes for beauty, personal care and cleaning products to help you ditch the chemical toxins for good.

I’m also a Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Diego Young Living Essential Oils Platinum member (#1596978) with local classes, support and resources. I teach classes online internationally and locally to Southern California residents. Join my private essential oils Facebook group and sign up for my free email course to learn the basics of essential oils.

What is Don’t Mess with Mama?

This is a personal journey for me. Both my husband and oldest son have battled health issues for years without a real answer from conventional medicine. No one took their health issues seriously. But a mother (and wife) knows in her gut when something is wrong.

That’s what Don’t Mess with Mama is all about. Moms are fierce when it comes to their kids, their families.

Trust your gut. Ask questions. Stand up for your kids and your family. Question when you know something isn’t right. 

Read more about why my family became gluten free and some of the health struggles we’ve been through. A gluten-free diet with a focus on real, wholesome ingredients (no processed foods) has been key for our recovery.

More About Tracey

I’ve been fortunate to have a long-standing career in digital marketing, content management and writing and editing. I’ve worked in the health care, fitness and e-commerce industries in both editorial and marketing roles. I’ve written for a number of amazing publications, including Redbook Magazine’s Mamarama blog, Yahoo Shine, BlogHer, MomsRising and MomItForward.

But my biggest job to date is chasing after my three sons (ages 3, 8 and 10).

Oh, and I also like punk rock, bacon and farmers markets – not always in that order.


I’m the author of several gluten-free cookbooks.

Gluten Free, Real Food Recipes for Kids - Tracey BlackGluten Free, Real Food Recipes for Kids

This cookbook will guide you through the gluten-free hype to discover foods your family really needs to eat – and foods to avoid. With more than 200 pages of recipes and tips – including how to avoid heavily refined and processed foods, real food nutrition tips, how to encourage kids to become healthy eaters and much more!

Plus, you’ll find 70+ delicious, kid-tested recipes the whole family will love – including appetizers and snacks, dressings and condiments, beverages, main dishes and desserts, without gluten, artificial ingredients and preservatives.


Gluten-Free Snacks and Sweet Treats Kids Love cookbook by Tracey Black - DontMesswithMama.comGluten Free Snacks & Sweet Treats Kids Love – available exclusively on Amazon

“Mom, can I have a snack?”

Sound familiar? If you’re struggling with ideas on how to give your kids nutritious, wholesome gluten-free snacks and treats, then this is the book you.

In Gluten-Free Snacks and Sweet Treats Kids Love, I’ll show you how to make delicious snacks, appetizers and sweet treats for your family in a pinch. I’ve got time-saving tips to help you feed your family in no time at all. Plus, all my recipes feature wholesome ingredients without artificial colors, additives and preservatives. These are recipes you can feel good about serving to your family.


Let’s Connect

Here at Don’t Mess with Mama, you’ll find lots of tips on how to cook delicious gluten-free (and grain-free) meals for your family – as well as tips on natural living, DIY and how to live more green.

Here’s where you can find me online:

Got a question or comment? I’d love to hear from you. Please use my contact form or email tracey@dontmesswithmama.com.

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