I grew up on foods that weren’t very healthy — like white castle burgers, pop tarts, and sugary drinks. I was an overweight kid. I’ll never forget the time my doctor told my small frame that I had to go on a diet. I was 9 years old. My mom had no clue what that entailed and neither did I.
You see, I loved processed and sugary foods, but I also hated being overweight. Two bowls of cinnamon toast crunch cereal every morning had to stop. I had trouble playing and running around with other kids without becoming seriously out of breath, and stairs…forget it. Where’s the elevator?
I started reading health-focused magazines, and I was learning a lot. It didn’t take me long to realize, I couldn’t live like this. My lifestyle transformation wasn’t easy. It was slow and gradual, and it took years to get to where I am today. Slowly, I would cut out highly processed foods and sugary drinks in my daily routine, and gradually, I lost weight.
Fast forward 20 years, and I’ve learned a whole lot more since my youth days. Along the way, my husband, who is also a healthcare professional, continue to make small changes to our diets. A meat diet was replaced with a mostly vegetarian diet (I tell people I am a part-time veg!). Processed deli meats have been completely eliminated. Sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juices are rarely found in our house. I no longer buy oven or microwave processed meals and our grocery cart rarely contains chips, crackers or other such processed snacks found in boxes or wrappers. I cherish Farmers’ Markets and the concept of “whole foods” and even try to purchase our eggs and milk from local farmers. I went from a 100 lb 9-year old girl to a lean, strong and healthy 110 lb adult. There was no secret to my weight loss – no pills, no fad diets, no detoxes! It was about choosing whole, nutritious foods and adding daily physical activity.
My philosophy regarding food is simple: try and eat whole foods as much as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, but to achieve this goal, the best way is to cook and prepare your own fresh meals and snacks as much as possible. I developed this site to help share my tips and advice with you to help you live a healthier life and become more connected with the food we eat!
I want to help you live your best. If you are local, I offer group and personalized grocery store tours, pantry makeovers, food cooking demos, and if you are somewhere else in this beautiful world, we can do nutrition counseling via skype. I am here to help you start your own journey to a healthier life where you feel your best and most confident.
If you have any questions, drop me a line below.