My very first blog post and I don't mind telling you, this scares me but because of that I know I'm on the right track. I'm excited to start this journey. It might not be perfect, and I'm learning to be OK with that!
I’ve always loved being in the kitchen. Cooking and baking have been my creative passions since I was a little girl. Sure, in those days it was mostly about sprinkles and chocolate. Now, it’s about flavours that light up the taste buds, and knowing that I’m feeding my family with nutrient-dense foods that will fuel us daily.
It hasn’t always been that way though because like so many, I was trying to juggle it all – a business, a family, a household – and while I survived each day, I was not thriving. There were days when it felt like I was juggling bowling balls. I finally came to the realization that I had to make some changes, as my health and well-being were suffering. I decided to try a superfood nutrition system that my friend had been using. She had incredible energy and she lit up a room and quite frankly, I just needed a little bit of that in my life again. I had tried diets in the past, cutting out so many different ingredients, losing some weight, but feeling miserable and lethargic. I had joined the masses who started each year off with a vow to make changes, get healthy and become more active and then failed to sustain my results when I was unable to continue the new and not so healthy habits. I knew that in order to get the results that I desperately needed, I would have to do something that I’d never done before.
It turned out that flooding my body with quality nutrients on a regular basis, rather than skipping meals because I was too busy, was the key that opened the floodgates of energy. Within days of getting started, I was waking up feeling rested for the first time in years. It was in that moment that I realized how truly exhausted I had been. It turns out that fueling my metabolism with the proper balance of macronutrients and the right quantity of micronutrients gave me the energy to work out before the family woke up, release some weight and inches, improve my productivity through my workday and at the end of a long day in the kitchen, I had the energy to be there for my family, rather than flopped on the couch.
We’ve all heard that in-flight safety spiel whenever you travel – “in the event of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first” – and it actually has a place in everyday life too. In the beginning, taking care of myself first felt like a selfish move, but in fact it turned out to be the very best decision I could have made for our family. I learned that restrictive diets don’t work for the long term and that by creating a lifestyle that I could manage daily, I was not only taking care of myself, but also my family in a much more calm and effective way. I found a system that is truly sustainable for a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime and has achieved results for thousands - no matter their age, weight loss or other health-related goals.
As a personal chef for more than 14 years, my passion and motto was to help people eat right and live well. Now my focus is on helping you solve what you should eat, how you can prepare it with ease and receive the maximum benefits from the quality of the nutrients you are feeding your body. You are what you eat, and if you consume too much “crap”, you will eventually feel like that too. When you nourish your body with what it needs on a daily basis, it’s amazing how you will feel yourself thriving.
It’s interesting to look back now since I made changes to my health because it’s easy to forget where you’ve been and what lessons have been learned along the journey. My goal here is to help you to nourish and thrive too. My goal is to help you see that there are simple changes that you can make to help you feel your best. My goal is to show you that there is way to find balance and ease, enjoy what you’re eating and develop your own strategies that help you create a lifestyle that’s empowering you.