ASK FOR SECONDS – About Me:
I’m a twenty-something Wisconsinite, now living in Virginia.
I have a wonderful husband and adorable cavalier King Charles spaniel named Charlie. I have more hobbies than I have time, but I especially love cooking. My approach is somewhere between clean eating, paleo, and “everything in moderation.”
There aren’t many foods I refuse to eat, but there are certainly foods I avoid because I know they aren’t doing anything for me. I eat butter, flour, and sugar IN MODERATION. I know what they do to your body – I also realize what a difficult and miserable life I would lead if I completely cut them out. Therefore, I try to make every meal heavy on nutrients, light on junk.
I’m not a doctor, so the advice on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition. However, I spend a great deal of time researching everything I write about in my “Clean Eating Notes” and informational posts and try very hard to only provide relevant information from credible sources. I hope that as my reader you will feel confident to trust the information provided here but also be inspired to read more and find out for yourself.
Writing this blog is very time consuming, but rewarding – I love to hear your comments! If you like what you see here, please stop back often, follow me on Pinterest, like me on Facebook, or sign up for email updates when I post a new recipe. If you’re ready to make a lifestyle change but need help getting started, please feel free to reach out to me.
My Clean Eating Journey:
I got started with “clean eating” after completing one week of eating only non-processed and minimally-processed food in 2013. I realized that it wasn’t nearly as hard as I imagined to start making foods from scratch when minimally-processed options were not readily available. Eating without any regard for fat or calories that week, consuming a notable amount of flour, meat, and real butter, my husband and I still lost ten pounds collectively in only seven days. I was inspired to learn more about eating real foods and the real measurable effects that can be observed on a clean diet.
As I was browsing the internet on the topic, I learned that food has a major impact on the immune system which I had always assumed was primarily controlled by genetics. This perked my attention since I had been taking one or more antihistamines daily for an autoimmune response which caused itchy hives for the past three and a half years. At one point, I was taking three antihistamines a day to stop the hives, as suggested by my allergist who determined that I had no actual allergies. When I found out that there was any chance at all that I could improve my immune system health and stop my immune system from attacking itself (that’s what an autoimmune response is – your body is attacking itself) I decided to go all in, although I didn’t really expect results.
I read my first ever nutrition book, Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Super Immunity, cover to cover. I converted my eating habits by essentially “quitting” chemical additives in my food, eating clean about 85% of them time (a large chunk of that bad 15% was and still is from going out to eat). I didn’t give up flour, gluten, or animal products as the book suggested, but the changes I did make were enough for my body to notice. Within a month, I had stopped taking antihistamines for the first time in three and a half years. This isn’t a miraculous testimony aimed to rope you in to yet another fad diet. I’ll admit: I’m not perfect. I still struggle around Snickers bars and Chinese buffets. Sometimes I fall off the wagon, and sometimes my hives come back. However, eating clean can, and will, improve your life and not just in the short term. Eating clean reduces your risk for heart disease, obesity, type II diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and hormone imbalances. Eating clean can also treat all of these conditions, in some cases, better than prescription drugs can.