Who’s behind the blog?
My journey with food and nutrition began at a pretty young age. I am an only child and growing up my mother and father both cooked homemade meals on the regular. I was introduced to fresh and wholesome foods early because at my childhood home we had a humongous garden. My father was also an outdoorsman and did his fair share of hunting and fishing so venison and fresh caught lake fish were a main ingredient found in many of our meals. I was never really a picky eater as a child.
But even though my parents had the right intentions of bringing me up on healthy homemade meals, being the 90’s child that I was I tended to indulge in far too many pre-packaged snacks full of sugar and ridiculous ingredients. And thus, I was quite a chubby kid, which progressively went on to me becoming overweight by the time I was in middle school. I didn’t lay around and do nothing – I was pretty active outside and even played soccer for seven years. But the junk food I was eating was catching up with me. I didn’t like my body and the way I looked in the mirror every morning so I decided to make a change.
As I entered junior year of high school, I started to make small changes to my diet and activity level on my own. The pounds started to slowly drop off and it wasn’t just the external changes I was noticing that improved my happiness and well being. My body was more energized and felt “cleaner”. I didn’t starve myself or do any extreme diet or weight loss plan – I simply did my own research on foods and nutrition in my spare time and implemented changes to my lifestyle.
Eventually that healthier lifestyle lead me a bit too far down the road of becoming more “obsessed” about exercise and my diet. Fun fact: being obsessed about healthy eating isn’t so healthy. My former passion had turned into more of a form of orthorexia. It’s been a long journey back to a more balanced and healthier lifestyle over the past few years. I’m now far less worried about every little thing I eat, and restored my faith into learning to let go and enjoy foods again. Today, I am very happy to say I’m proud to live a mostly 80/20 lifestyle (80% healthier diet, 20% for the splurges and treats).
I graduated college from the University of Arkansas in December 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in Marketing. In November of 2013 I had made the decision to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to begin my journey of receiving my holistic health coach certification. Through this program I learned about holistic and integrative nutrition and received my certification in December 2014.
Life outside of the blog
So thankful for my parents. My father recently passed away in March 2015 due to esophageal cancer and other health complications that followed. I speak more about the trials and tribulations of his and my family’s time with him as he battled cancer HERE and HERE. He is gone, but never forgotten. I miss his laughter, stupid jokes, and stubbornness. He made an impact on who I am as a person, my morals, my beliefs, and how I treat others. Dad, you are forever loved.
There’s this amazing guy in my life – Wade. He’s my fiance. We met freshman year of college in a circumstance that’s fit for a soap opera. Over six years later I love this man more every day.
*Engaged: January 2, 2015
*Save the Date: May 13, 2017 (Click HERE to stay caught up on our wedding planning)
In my spare time you can probably find me outside enjoying nature. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
- Potatoes of the sweet kind.
- Dark chocolate
- Being outside as much as possible
- House, MD
- Driving in traffic
- The cold (my blood pressure is too low to handle cold)
- Having to sit still for longer than 1 hour at a time
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