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My name is Meg & I began this blog with a vision to share my love of healthy eating & healthy cooking. I have always loved to cook & bake & this website is an outlet to share the passion I have for it. Iâ€™m hoping to inspire others to eat real, whole foods - and doing so in a delicious way!
For the duration of most of my life, I had always carried extra weight. In 2008, when I moved to Orlando (from NH) for grad school, I noticed a flyer for Team in Training. TNT is an organization that raises money for Leukemia and Lymphoma, while running races or competing in triathalons. I signed up for the Disney Half Marathon for January 2009 and I never looked back.
When I began training, I changed my eating and gym habits (as in, I actually started going to the gym). I was lucky enough to live only a few miles from a beautiful campus that had a gym one could only dream of. Two pools, all different kinds of group exercise classes, the list goes on and on. Between eating clean and exercise, I lost about 25 pounds.
My clean eating journey began by deciding to eat a vegetarian diet, which eventually led to eating raw/vegan. I also completley cut out sugar and processed foods. When I met my current husband, I slowly integrated some chicken and fish back into my diet. Although I began eating some meat again, I continued to eat a diet free of processed foods. I also noticed a huge change in my allergies. I had the worst allergies growing up - I had to get shots every week they were so terrible. My allergies almost completley disappeared when I stopped eating things out of a box (you really learn to shop the outside of the grocery store for everything)!
I continued to run in races, completed my first duathlon (run, bike, run) and worked out consistently. I lost another 25 pounds by continuing to maintain a healthy diet of mostly fruits and vegetables.
In 2012, I got engaged, moved back to NH, started a new job and got married, all within four months! Talk about lots of change!
After much research, in the fall of 2012, I decided to cut dairy and gluten out of my diet. Dairy had always bothered me, but I just assumed I had a sensitive stomach. As soon as I cut gluten and dairy out of my diet, my stomach pains completly stopped. I felt like a different person. No longer sluggish or a finding myself with a sudden headache (and those big dark circles under my eyes disappeared). When I cut out wheat & dairy I lost another 15 pounds (without changing any of my workouts or eating habits otherwise). This brought my total weight loss to 60 pounds. I was wearing a size 14 in 2008, now I wear a size 4.
In the summer of 2012, I completely (again) cut meat (red meat, pork, chicken) out of my diet. I also discovered the paleo diet! With the paleo diet, you donâ€™t eat grains or beans. As a non-meat eater, not all of these guidelines work for me, but I do cook a lot of paleo recipes for my husband (who is still carnivorous) and omit the meat for myself. I do eat fish occasionally, and our neighbor raises chickens, so I will eat eggs once in a while too. I continue to run, practice yoga, attend group fitness class and lift weights to stay in shape.
note: Iâ€™m currently trying to lose almost 40 pounds of baby weight, and I just started crossfit - I love it!
So not all of my recipes are completely vegan (but most are). You will always find my recipes gluten free, dairy free & refined sugar free. Please feel free to comment below or email me about anything! My goal here is to provide healthy, delicious & satisfying food for everyone to truly enjoy with quality ingredients that are easy to find (and recipes that are easy to make)! I look forward to sharing this wonderful journey of clean eating and healthy living with all of you!
“One cannot think well, sleep well or love well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf