Ft Lauderdale

My name is Kelly and I am a foodie attempting to be as healthy as possible with a very busy work/life schedule.  I currently live in Charlotte, NC with my boyfriend fiance Brad and our dachshund, Rascal, but I work a little over an hour away, hence the very busy schedule.

I had a love/hate relationship with food for most of my life, but am finally learning to just love it.  I was chubby, maybe even fat, as a kid.  I learned how to “diet” when I was 13 and lost about 30 lbs, which probably made me a bit too thin at the time.  Learning how to diet does not mean learning how to be healthy and that was definitely something I was missing out on.  For the next 12+ years I tried tons of different diets.  My weight fluctuated up and down throughout the entire time. I lost the most weight when being the least healthy with the most extreme diets, only to gain weight again when I stopped being so extreme.  Dieting is a form of control for some people, and it was definitely that for me.  Most of my dieting  started out as a healthy attempt, becoming less healthy and more detrimental to my metabolism as I imposed rules on myself that would end up being impossible to maintain.

During this process I have become very aware of my triggers.   It is very difficult for me to have just a little of the foods that I really love, but I am slowly learning to not deprive myself and enjoy what I love in moderation.  Although I am not overweight and am actually in pretty good shape due to regular exercise and enjoying mostly healthy foods, I feel like maintaining this balance is something I am still working on.  It doesn’t come naturally to me just yet.

Most importantly,  I am a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys cooking as much as I enjoy eating.  I love fruit, but eating vegetables is sometimes a challenge for me.  Experimenting with veggies and using recipes I have found in blogs and websites has really encouraged me to eat more whole foods.  I also find myself eating less meat by incorporating other types of proteins such as beans, nut butters, humus, whey protein, fish, and yogurt.  I don’t necessarily dislike meat, it’s just something I feel like I can live without and  usually eat it when only really want it.

kelly25After trying to use this blog to document my eating habits, I have found that although I would love to blog everyday, I’m just not at a point in my life where I can do that.  Instead I’m using this blog as a way to document the recipes I use (or make up as I go along).   I look forward to the time when my life permits me to commit more time to blogging.  But for now, I’m just taking it in stride.

To contact me, please email me at foodiefresh@gmail.com.


23 responses to “About

  1. Kyle

    Kelly, I saw your message on Kath’s blog about Crave and it prompted me to head over to your blog to confirm that we have similar food philosophies! You have an inspiring story and some great recipes – congrats on the success. I also live in Charlotte (am a relatively new transplant), with my husband and doggie, so would love to meet up sometime!

    • Well welcome to Charlotte! I’m always thrilled to death to get comments since I’m just getting started in the blogging world and haven’t had the time to really keep at it lately. My fiance and I are always up for meeting new people so we’ll definitely have to meet up and show you around Charlotte. 🙂

  2. You are absolutely beautiful and I look forward to reading more from you!

  3. What a gorgeous couple. I love you passion and share it with you!

  4. HEY! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I love your story and I am excited to follow along with you! When is your wedding??!

  5. You and Brad make the cutest couple 😀

  6. I have to agree with the others- you guys are such a cute couple! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! How exciting!

  7. hey kelly! i saw you on kath’s blog and thought i’d say hi because i just moved to the charlotte area. there are sooo many bloggers around here. hopefully we’ll get to do a big meet up some time!

  8. awesome, another CLT blogger! hope to have a meetup sometime this summer 🙂
    btw you are GORGEOUS!

  9. I am from Charlotte too! And I also have a boyfriend (not fiance!) named Brad. Too funny! I look forward to reading your blog 🙂

  10. I’m just north of Charlotte… let me know if anyone plans a blogger meet up… how fun would that be?!

  11. It was so great to meet you tonight!

  12. Hi Kelly! I think that you are my healthy lifestyle twin (besides the fact that you seem to be an avid runner…I’ll get there one day). Your outlook on food and living a healthy lifestyle seems to be very similar to mine. I just started blogging…mainly to keep track of my journey to health and for fun. I’m looking forward to following Foodie Fresh…thanx for sharing:)

  13. Kelsey

    “I was chubby, maybe even fat, as a kid. I learned how to “diet” when I was 13 and lost about 30 lbs, which probably made me a bit too thin at the time.”

    That’s just like me! I’m almost 16 now, and I put myself on a diet when I was 12. I’m having a hard time not obsessing over what I eat, and I’m probably in the fluctuating stage you were in. It’s always a journey each day, and I hope you learn the “maintaining and moderation” like I’m trying to, too. 🙂

    • 14 years later and now I think I finally have it. It’s a part of self growth that sometimes takes longer for others. I hope you get to this point easily and soon. The obsessing part is difficult because you don’t want to undo the progress, but learning how to have balance so you can enjoy life without thinking too hard about everything you put in your mouth is so important. A lot of people try to lose weight because they think they will be happier. Don’t lose sight of the happiness part, because a life lived obsessing over your weight is not a happy one. Thank you so much for your comment and best of luck to you. 🙂

  14. Abigail

    Hey Kelly, I just saw your blog on Kath’s and wanted to check it out! Thanks for sharing your story and I look forward to reading more!
    By the way, are you at Bern’s Dessert Room in those adorable photos with your fiance??? I just moved from Tampa to Charlottesville and immediately recognized the phone booth, brick walls and delicious cappuccino!!:D I could be wrong though.

    • It is Bern’s! We were at the dessert room very very early in our relationship. Brad worked in Tampa on a project for work for over two years and was still there when we met. He took me to Ceviche’s for my birthday and Bern’s for dessert. He knew the way to my heart! 🙂 Did you ever try their white macadamia nut ice cream? Brad was obsessed with that stuff!

      • Abigail

        YES, it was soo delicious! My fiance and I went right before we moved and had the Macadamia nut sundae, served in a waffle bowl topped with nuts, caramel and hot fudge on the side… It was ridiculous!!
        Wow, Brad is good!! Ceviche + Bern’s Dessert Room = AMAZING date!:) I already miss both! Did you live in Tampa too?

      • No, he flew me down from NC. He technically didn’t “live” there either. He was in corporate housing for 2 years. I liked to tell my parents that I had a “homeless” boyfriend.

        Did you know they got rid of that flavor? They told Brad on his last visit that their foreign distributor was going out of business and they couldn’t reproduce it in the US b/c there were three ingredients that weren’t approved by the FDA. At least that’s what his waitress said. haha

  15. I think they ended up re-working the flavor in the end. All of those who have tried the macadamia nut ice cream should let out their sigh of relief now. 😉

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