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.
After 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.