Hello there!! I’ve wanted to share my recipes and photos since I was a teen, baking “breakfast cookies” with my dad, made from a banana base (before that was the cool thing to do, and then the not cool thing to do). I’ve been wheat-free for many years, and I love to explore different kinds of food plans and how they make me feel, my weight/skin/hair/hormones/all that good stuff, and of course – how I can make these different food plans delicious and enjoyable!
I luckily grew up in a food-conscious home, and healthy cooking was always a fun activity for me. That being said, I have definitely, also, always struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food. I experienced what seems like a very common struggle with having intense emotional ties with food. Binge eating, extreme guilt, lasting for days, causing extreme exercise and/or eating habits for those days, which then collapse back into a state of overeating (because that is simply, unsustainable). This vicious cycle carries with it the added bonus of convincing you that you are A) weak – why can’t you just stop? B) fat, because, #beingateenagegirl and C) out of control in basically all other aspects of your life. Once you allow yourself to “fail” that many times, it only makes sense that the lesson learned is that you are incapable of following through, being strong, succeeding, etc etc. My point that I’ve been there, and I truly understand the burden it adds to what can be an already difficult daily life (growing up is hard) and I want to help in any way, small or big, that I can. Even if it is just sharing my humble “wisdom” and yummy, healthy, easy recipes that help you embody a happier, healthier you.
Jumping to present times – I am currently exploring what kinds of food allow me to perform maximally, feel energetic and happy, and keep my skin clear. What this looks like for me recently, is a primal/paleo and ketogenic based diet. For those of you that aren’t familiar with all the lingo, this basically means that I have eliminated all grains, dairy, all processed foods, sugar, alcohol, and legumes. In addition, I’ve reduced my carbohydrate intake to around <50 g/day, and upped my healthy fat intake quite a bit. So, my diet includes a lot of eggs, avocado, coconut oil/butter, cacao, nuts, dark leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, fatty, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, etc. Basically I’m a walking coconut. I’m doing this because, mostly, I was already eating this way, and I want to really identify what food allergies I might have, how I can defeat my chronic fatigue, and maybe lose a few pounds. Also, there’s a good lot of emerging/resurfacing evidence that a diet high in healthy fats has a plethora of benefits.
If you are interested in reading more about my keto/paleo/primal journey, stay tuned – I’m going to get into all the knitty gritty details of:
- What exactly IS keto? Primal? Paleo?
- How do these diets differ?
- What does eating this way look like for me day-to-day?
- Research that ultimately led me to go this direction
- Anecdotal results from my journey this far