I’ve gotten a couple of questions about my blog. As more questions come up, I’ll make sure to post answers to the most frequent ones! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! You can find my contact information here!

Q: Why is this so important to you?

A: Making healthy food on a budget is important to me for a lot of reasons. A couple of years ago, I decided I was fed up with being overweight. I suffered from an eating disorder through middle school and high school so I sort of “made up” for the food I didn’t eat after I recovered. I realized all the good stuff I missed out on and came to love food too much to give up the good stuff! I came to a realization about 1 1/2 years ago. I needed to change.

I went to the doctor November of 2010 for some blood work that needed to be done and found out that- at 20 years old- I had high blood pressure, my cholesterol was high, and I had abnormally high try-glyceride levels. These are a couple of the symptoms of type II diabetes. I wasn’t diagnosed with diabetes, but I knew that if I didn’t change something it was a possibility. I probably weighed around 160-165 at the time (I didn’t want to know). In March of 2011 I really started to exercise (thanks to my husband–then boyfriend– who supported me every step of the way) and watched what I ate. I was on a strict (but healthy) calorie goal each day and, after awhile, I grew tired of eating the same boring foods over and over again. I knew there HAD to be a way to make delicious and guilty food low calorie, so I took it upon myself to figure it out.

With the help of a few blogs and nutrition websites, I started copying recipes, and before I knew it I was creating my own! I found I loved cooking and I loved the mixing of flavors and textures of food and how the taste, literally, changed my mood. A lot of recipes called for ingredients I could find or afford and a big hurdle was that I was in college and on a budget. I also was crunched for time with a job, school, and making time for a social life. After working out substitutions, I got a grip on real cooking without breaking the bank!  With these recipes and an exercise regimen, I went from nearly 160 pounds that March to 115 pounds by the end of the year– without feeling deprived of anything! I also got my blood work done again in the middle of that year and all of my levels were normal! That is the best success! Now I want to share those recipes with people in the same position I was in as well as people who are just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Q: How did you lose your weight? (This question usually comes after the first)

A:  My big secret isn’t a secret at all. I eat right and I exercise. I run, I lift weights, and I eat at a healthy caloric deficit. I don’t take any pills or any supplements. I am a firm believer that moderation is key! I also believe that, while a healthy diet is important, exercise is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Abs are made in the kitchen, but HEALTH is made in a gym. My goal is to be healthy, then skinny- not the other way around.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Cheese. I will never ever ever ever eliminate cheese from my diet. A lot of people do, but I just can’t. I got my gallbladder removed and the doctor told me I would have a problem digesting cheese. I ate it anyways and made my body adapt. That’s how much I love cheese. :)