Cooking a healthy dinner

What am I all about?

The short answer…Bringing you delicious real food recipes, healthy living tips and a little peek into my own life that I hope will inspire you to be your healthiest self.

The long answer…Growing up, I didn’t think much about nutrition. I’ve always been active in sports, but I was more than happy to down a Dairy Queen chicken tenders basket and a Blizzard after a game. In high school, you can totally get away with that so I didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until I got into cycling and running in my late twenties that I began to crave healthier foods and I finally realized that eating good food made me look, feel and perform better. I felt awesome when I gave my body the fuel it needed and, oddly enough, my tastes began to change. My friends still talk about the first time I ate a salad. We actually took pictures! Things pretty much snowballed from there.

I met my now husband, Kevin, while training for a 150 mile overnight bike ride. He had recently given up soda and fast food so we were on the same page with the healthy eating. We did the Paleo thing for a while (no grains, no dairy, no legumes) and it actually inspired me to start my first website, a Paleo recipe blog. My hunger (pun intended) for knowledge grew and I returned to school and earned my Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University.

I no longer attend the church of Paleo. I really don’t believe in any certain “diet”. I believe the majority of us can stay healthy and fit by just keeping it simple and not overthinking this whole diet thing. Eat real food (and sometimes ice cream). Move your body. Love some people. Get lots of sleep. Have some FUN. These things will support your vitality, health and happiness, and it is my hope that what you read here will help you to get more real food, fitness and happiness into your life.

A little more about me.

I am 35 years old. Kevin and I have a 3 year old son named Avery and a newborn named Norrin. They are my favorite men and I love them. 🙂 I also love all things healthy living. I am a nutritionist, exercise instructor and freelance writer, although I am focusing most of my time right now on raising my two little guys,

I also LOVE to work out! Aside from my aqua fitness classes, I also do CrossFit a few times a week, run, cycle, swim, take whatever other classes at the gym look fun, backpack…pretty much anything that keeps me active and healthy!

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My food philosophy.

I’ve done the low-fat, no-fat thing. I’ve done the Paleo thing. Now I am doing MY thing. Through my education, research and life experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that eating high quality, real, whole foods from all of the main food groups can have the most significant influence on our overall health and well-being. I’m talking fewer trips through the fast food drive-thru and more trips to the grocery store to stock up on fresh produce, whole grains, meat, eggs, seafood and dairy from happy, healthy animals. I don’t believe that all packaged (i.e. processed) foods are evil. I, for one, and thrilled to have some of the conveniences of modern-day living…like showers and Lara Bars. Because of this, though, it is important that we learn to read food labels in order to decipher all of the clever advertising on the label that is trying to convince us that certain foods are healthy. It’s not easy at first, but after a few trips to the grocery store, it’ll feel like second nature. Check out my resources page for tips on shopping for and preparing real food and learning to read food labels. And don’t forget to read my latest blog posts while you are here.

Are there people out there who can benefit from removing certain foods like nuts, grains and dairy? Of course. People who have true allergies, sensitivities or other health conditions can most definitely benefit from removing these foods. Really, we could all benefit from being more mindful and listening to our bodies to learn which foods make us feel amazing and which ones are best left on the grocery store shelves. Truthfully, though, most of us don’t need to overthink this real food thing. Keep it simple. Eat whole, healthy foods most of the time and you will be on the right track.

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact me anytime.