Food. The one constant in my life 🙂
Growing up and to this day, food always managed to be at the center of every conversation and always there for me in comfort and in happiness.
Much like staying fit, learning how to eat healthy is an ongoing process. I started this food focused blog for those with a genuine desire to live a healthy and active lifestyle. It’s for people like me looking for quick, delicious, and nutritious recipes and advice while making you feel good about yourself and keeping you satisfied without the after effects of feeling sluggish, guilty or still hungry.
I’ve learned so much from my own personal struggles with mindless eating and “yo yo dieting”, I hope to help others make smarter and healthier food choices for themselves. Everything we eat has meaning. Often what we put in our mouths is driven by our feelings at that moment. All of my recipes are created to satisfy a variety of moods and craving leaving fully satisfied and felling great about yourself all day so you don’t fall victim of poor food choices or over indulgent cheat days.
We really are what we eat and it starts with the first meal of the day. One mindful food choice leads to a second and eventually leads to a habit. If I can create and share one recipe and one advice at a time to set in motion those positive behaviors, that’s success for me and the path to greater happiness for hopefully many.
My blog is governed by the following principles:
- Mostly wheat (gluten) and dairy free
- Organic and GMO-free recommended
- Free of white sugar, processed ingredients and additives
- A whole lot of care
A little about me and what led me to this blog:
I grew up in a large athletic household. Our family organized around school, sports and of course, food! I was lucky to grow up in an home where meals were prepared from scratch with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and wholesome bread all without the chemicals, GMO and processing that much of today’s food industry dominates. Surrounded by healthy meals had its drawbacks however. We had so much of it all the time, portion control was a serious issue. I often overate thinking I needed the extra calories I was burning through the variety of sports I was involved in daily. What I didn’t know and learn until later in life was the relationship between carbs(sugar), fat and protein, and and its impact on mood, cravings and overall health. By not paying attention to these ingredients and where I sourced them from, I was often left more hungry and moody regardless of the calories I consumed. To add insult to injury, I developed a bad habit of over eating at every mood junction I experienced. I overate to celebrate when happy, to comfort me when sad and to keep me distracted when filled with anxiety. Eating for these reasons can be emotionally and physically draining as you can imagine.
The process of changing my relationship with food has taken years. Several years ago, I delved into world of triathlon and cycling, completing over 30 triathlons, including a Ironman. The intensity of training and racing tested my application of portion control and healthy eating. I no longer race but I am still learning to eat while not depending on intense training to burn off extra calories or create excuses for poor eating choices. And while my weight fluctuates when faced with the common day to day struggles that we all do, I can identify the many triggers that led to unhealthy mindless eating. Now through smarter food and lifestyle choices as well as a healthy support system, I have set in motion the right habits for a healthier mindset and physical well being. Establishing these changes led me to want to share my ongoing journey with food in hopes of helping others set in motion healthier eating habits.