Let’s get to know each other a little better. Starting with…me. (Duh, it’s my blog. You’re visiting ME here, right?) Anyway, I’ll stop the sass for now. So here’s my story.
Throwback: 2010. I’m a young little sophomore in college, eating whatever I please (no food allergies yet!), exercising like a fiend and totally overworking myself physically and mentally in school, varsity swimming, and probably one too many nights of killing my liver. You see where this is going.
I started really getting into cooking resulting from inexplicable, horribly sick symptoms that year. One morning I woke up with nausea so bad I could barely choke any food down, which continued for about 4 months. Yeah, that was NOT fun. I started seeing multiple doctors, all who could not figure out what was wrong. Up until this point, I had been following the conventional treatment protocol – get tested for a bunch of random things. Listen to your doctor: Take prescription meds. This all ended up making me even sicker in the short and long-term, so I decided to go the non conventional route and stop listening to everything my doctor was saying. I began to read more about health and nutrition, of which my doctor had never asked me. At all. I started playing around with taking certain foods out of my diet to see what might make me feel better. At this point, I had nothing to lose – how could I feel any sicker?
I first heard of the paleo lifestyle in 2011, about a year after I got sick, when I started getting into crossfit. And quite honestly, I thought my friends who tried it were crazy at first. Probably because they took it to the extreme, putting packs on packs on packs of butter on steamed veggies and eating a steak the size of their heads and calling it dinner. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it works for you. I was just silently judging them in my head as I stuck to my gluten and dairy-free (though not paleo) eating ways throughout that year. I unfortunately only realized after the fact that I hadn’t been eating enough at all to fuel the amount of exercise we were doing every day. Hello, 4-6 hours of training a day including swimming AND crossfit. Not fueling properly for that is a recipe for disaster and not performing at your peak.
4 years, multiple tests, and many diagnoses later (including severe leaky gut/intestinal permeability, adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, and other fun things), with the help of a naturopathic physician I’ve finally learned how we have an opportunity with every bite of food we take to nourish and fuel our bodies, or not. When I made the transition to eating more paleo-ish and began focusing more on whole, unprocessed foods. , I really started cooking. A lot. It was a way for me to prove to myself that I could still eat delicious, healthy, and even decadent food without the ingredients that would harm my body and make me feel like horse sh*t all the time, like I had been accustomed to. After years, I am finally healthier, happier, less stressed, and have much more energy – all by making the simple change of cleaning up my diet. No, this does NOT mean all I eat is chicken breast and spinach, as many people may think when they hear the long list of foods I avoid for my health. That being said…
Life’s TOO SHORT to eat boring, tasteless food.
That’s my goal with this blog. To inspire you to get up off your butt, to try something new and delicious. To show you that eating “real food” doesn’t have to be difficult, complicated, and you don’t have to feel deprived at all. It can be simple, fun, delicious, and healing, all at the same time! Plus, I’m giving you recipes, sass, and jokes along the way. I apologize in advance if you don’t understand my sense of humor. Laugh at me or with me, either way I’m having fun! Yeah, I’m a goof. Good thing my family is just as embarrassing as I am. (That’s me on the left)
Food for me is more than just fuel. It’s memories of baking cookies in my kitchen with my grandmother when I was little, of cooking and baking absolute feasts with my best friends growing up (which we still do almost every time we’re together), of making others happy through ridiculously tasty dishes that I can enjoy too. And most importantly, in the last few years it’s been my medicine. I’ve been following various forms of healing diets within the paleo/real food framework such as the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), whole30, and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS) as I try to figure out what works best for my body.
In 2013 I decided I wanted to pursue my passion for nutrition and health further, so I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and am currently seeing clients in my work as an Integrative Health Coach. I am currently working towards a Masters of Science in Nutrition to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
Let’s go have some fun and make (and eat) some delicious food!