Despite the fact that I was a super picky eater for most of my life, I have always been intrigued by food and how it affects the body.
I didn’t eat my first salad until I was 18 years old and didn’t expand my food palate much beyond angel hair pasta and chicken fingers until I studied abroad in Spain in college. It didn’t matter if I couldn’t pronounce it or if I had already decided I didn’t like it, if I didn’t want to starve (or be rude), I had to at least try whatever was prepared for me. Talk about scary!
Fast forward 10 years, and I’ve had a transformation in my eating preferences, food knowledge and my health.
I dropped 20 pounds, got off of maintenance medication I was on for 10 years for acid reflux, corrected nearly a dozen nutrient deficiencies, and have begun to heal my body. Throughout that process, I’ve learned this…
It wasn’t until the end of 2015 that I shared the next layer of my story and healing journey in this post about the courage to be vulnerable.
If you or someone you know has struggled with body image, shame, guilt, or fertility issues, please read this post and remember this…
In addition to healing my body and beginning to heal my mind, I have a newfound love, appreciation and curiosity about food.
I’m eager and excited to try new foods instead of afraid. My husband, Bill, and I love exploring nearby restaurants, trying new recipes, and spending time at farmer’s markets and grocery stores.
We love food!
We savor it. We build community around it. We experience it and all it has to offer.
Even though I’ve been “into” health and nutrition since I was a kid – exploring the aisles of health food stores, reading books and magazines about nutrition, and spending time in the kitchen with my mom – I didn’t know how much what I was eating was affecting me and my health.
I was sick a lot…and food was often the culprit, but I didn’t know. No one told me.
I wish I had known then what I know now.
I’ve started this blog to share what I’ve learned. I love sharing how eating (and cooking!) wholesome, nourishing, real food can be affordable, fun, and doable. We can look and feel better and be healthier by making some simple changes.
I take an integrated, holistic approach and consider how everything we do is connected.
It’s great if we’re eating well, but if we’re miserable while we’re doing it, we’re not going to feel our best.
I do believe that what we put at the end of our fork is one of the most powerful tools to helping us feel energized, nourished and alive. For that reason, most of my posts will be about food – new recipes we’ve tried, staples in our pantry, kitchen gadgets we love, books and movies that are inspiring us, and helpful tips, tricks and knowledge we’ve learned along the way.
Other posts will be about life beyond food, lessons I’ve been privileged to learn that have shaped the way I see the world and experience life to become the absolute best version of myself.
We have one shot at this life, and I’m here to make the most of it.
I will be honest and vulnerable.
My husband Bill is my primary recipe tester and biggest fan. We live in Baltimore, Maryland and are new homeowners as of August 2013! He’s an elementary school phys ed teacher, soccer player, and musician. We are college sweethearts and have been married since 2011.
We know that having a happy, lasting marriage takes commitment, patience, grace and hard work, and we want to be here for each other and our friends and families for a long time.
That’s why we are committed to nourishing our bodies with high quality, wholesome food.
For us, good health begins in the kitchen. It’s a place of connection, community, and comfort.
Welcome to my nourishing kitchen!