I love browsing healthy living and fitness blogs. Every blogger puts their own personal spin on health and fitness, showcasing their creativity and providing inspiration. Whenever I find a new blog, I immediately search for the blogger’s post about how they got to where they are now. Everyone enters into the health and fitness world differently, and I love reading about everyone’s individual journey.
So I’ll start with a little bit about myself. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and lived in an active household with my adventure-loving family. I was very active from a young age, always riding horses, swimming, or running around with my neighborhood friends. My dad eventually convinced me to try Crossfit with him, sparking the beginning of my love for weight training. Weight training through Crossfit has positively impacted my life in so many ways, but that is a
post for another day.
As for healthy eating, it was a bit of a rocky road to discover what foods my body could and couldn’t tolerate. During high school, I started to notice that my diet was slowing me down, in the equestrian, running, and Crossfit realms. Even though I would try to eat primarily healthy, something just wasn’t right. I would have horrible stomachaches after eating meals, forcing me to spend hours on the inside attempting to digest my food rather than living my active lifestyle. At first, I thought it was perfectly normal to have a stomachache after eating. After my parents told me otherwise, they decided to take me to a gastro-intestinal doctor to figure out exactly what was going on. My mom did warn me that there was a very good chance that the doctor would tell me to give up something that I held near and dear to my heart: gluten. I told her “no way” and “that’s not going to happen” but (since moms always know best) she was right.
My doctor suggested that I go gluten free to see if this was the cause of my stomach problems. After cuting out my once-favorites bread and pasta, I searched for the best gluten free pasta to fill the void. After trying to find one that met my high standards for so long, I had a realization: what if, instead of finding a substitution for pasta, I just drop it from my diet completely? After doing so for several months, I realized that I didn’t even miss pasta and other gluten filled products.
At this point in my life, I started to make the connection that food is fuel. I realized that whatever I put into my body was reflected in my energy levels, athletic performance, and overall attitude. I began to research the benefits of various foods and educated myself to what real food actually was. I decided to eat clean, and saw an immense change in every one of the reflected categories I mentioned earlier. I was more motivated at the gym, more awake and ready to take on the day, and happier overall. I approached elimination of processed foods as a gradual process, making it much easier to transition. I eventually adopted a paleo(ish) diet, following all rules while still eating corn, potatoes, and peanuts (in moderation). I now count my macros daily to ensure that I am providing my body with all of the nutrients it needs to be successful.
After eliminating many foods from my diet, I became determined to create recipes that everyone could enjoy while still staying on track with their lifestyles. I now focus my energy on creating recipes that are healthy, satisfying, and full of beneficial ingredients. While many of my recipes are healthy takes on conventionally unhealthy foods (sneak peek: puppy chow and snickerdoodle blondies in the works), I am also creating original recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts. My mind is like a hamster wheel right now, spinning with all of my ideas.
I believe that my approach to healthy eating helped me to create a healthy relationship with food. I
am obsessed with love learning about the positive benefits of food and the amazing things it can do to fuel my body. I have been able to share this passion of mine with many people, and nothing makes me happier than having someone ask me to help them to create a food plan to positively fuel their life. My combination of an active lifestyle through riding horses, running, and Crossfit and a healthy food intake based on my paleo(ish) diet have
Now that I have created my own blog, I am going to use it as my platform to share my recipes, informational posts about my favorite foods, and lifestyle posts. Stick around, great things are coming.