Hello! My name is Kylie. And I love food. Just like you and the rest of the world. But I enjoy food so much more if it is providing me with some sort of health benefit (given that sometimes that health benefit is simply happiness). This is a blog where I share the recipes that are currently keeping me excited about eating healthy. I post two new recipes a week, one on Monday and the other on Friday.
A little more about me…
- I’m a 22 year old with a Biomedical Sciences Degree. What do you do with that degree you ask? Your options include vet school, med school, or go back to school and get your nutrition degree so you can become an Registered Dietitian. I’m currently doing the last option.
I live 710 miles from my nearest Trader Joes. That’s 12 hours and 24 minutes of driving.YAY!
- Once upon a time, I ran a marathon. I hated it.
- I’ve run several half-marathons. I don’t hate them…as much.
- Healthy is about body composition, not just being skinny. Fill your body with real, wholesome foods that make you feel great.
- I believe in consuming everything in moderation, including moderation.
- I think if something in the grocery store claims to be healthy, it’s probably not. Stick with modest foods. Fruits and veggies that aren’t boasting about their added fiber. A fiber added Oreo is still an Oreo.
- I can’t do a single pull-up.
- I like to take really small bites.
- I don’t think that the word ‘natural’ is synonymous with healthy. Some of the most deadly toxins on earth are ‘natural.’
- When I’m at the gym, it drives me nuts when someone gets on the treadmill right next to me when there are 18 other empty treadmills. I’m a friendly person…but seriously?! I’m likely sweating buckets. You don’t want to be near that…it’s not cute.
- In January 2012, I decide to go gluten free to see if I could fix a thyroid/migraine/GI/foggy brain issue. While it fixed the foggy brain, I don’t think it’s specifically gluten that causes my problems. I think I’m just sensitive to carbohydrates in general. I don’t use wheat, barley or rye in my kitchen but I’m not on a strict gluten free diet. I’ll still eat sauces, marinades, dressing, etc that contain gluten. Also, when I’m eating out, I avoid bread/pasta and other obvious sources of gluten but I’m not restrictive to the point where I won’t eat soy sauce because it has gluten.
- I hated being gluten free. Not so much because it affects my lifestyle (not being able to go to restaurants, stressing over what I’m going to eat, not eating real bread, feeling like an inconvenience to others) but because I felt like I’m jumping on something that is very trendy. I hate when I tell people I’m gluten free and I feel like they are viewing me as an uneducated, fad diet chaser. Because honestly, when I first heard about gluten free diets, it seemed like just that, another silly fad diet. Regardless of how trendy it has become, I feel better when I’m not eating gluten. Like worlds better. I still don’t think gluten free diets are necessarily healthier than diets containing gluten. Gluten free products are typically higher in fat, sugar, and calories in general. If you don’t have to be gluten free, then don’t be. Like any other approach to nutrition, the gluten free diet is not just a diet, it is a lifestyle. Like any other lifestyle (vegetarian, vegan, raw) it can be healthy or unhealthy depending on how you approach it. Calling yourself a vegetarian doesn’t make you healthy if you’re eating deep fried tofu.
- While I say I hated being gluten free, there were some definite benefits to the 6 months I spent avoiding the protein. Mainly, a gluten free diet was the only thing that truly made me aware of exactly what I was eating. While I had to deal with the stress/anxiety of not being able to eat certain things, I learned a lot about my body during those 6 months and was able to change my outlook on food for the better. It’s funny, but by cutting out gluten, I actually became less restrictive with my diet.
- I like cookies.
- My body hates dairy (except Greek yogurt doesn’t bother me).
- I think every ice cream shop should give out complementary Lactaid.
- I like muscles. They show off hard work.
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Now go find something delicious to cook! :)