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Why I care so much…

I figured now would be a good time to write down why this blog means so much to me. I wrote all of this in my “FAQ’s” tab, but felt it was worth it’s own post so I could elaborate more.

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!

A lot of people ask me how I did it (other than yummy food, of course). 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.

Anyways, I hope this sheds some light as to why I wanted to start this blog and why this blog means so much to me. Thanks for reading! And please check back often for new, delicious recipes created by myself!

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