My name is Kelsey and the way I approach & eat food is always evolving. I grew up absolutely loving to bake and had the biggest sweet tooth ever. I had dreams of becoming a pastry chef, but 2 summers working in a bakery in college made me realize that wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The thing I love most about food is making it for friends and family. Food just makes people happy!
As I grew up and graduated college, I moved back in with my parents for a bit and started to get more into cooking. So in May of 2012 I started this blog. I started it as a way to document the meals & treats I made as well as the DIY projects I would do around the house. Cut to 4 years later>>> Married, homeowner, dog owner. A lot can happen in 4 years! Especially the way I look at health and what I eat. I really started trying to lose a few pounds in the summer of 2014, to get into wedding shape. After taking a couple years off of working out and enjoying one to many fun dinners out, I was starting to feel quite puffy… all the time. So I started working out again and began tracking what I ate in My Fitness Pal. This was a great way to start out because I had to come to terms with the fact that I should be eating way less than what I was eating. And it totally worked! I lost about 10 pounds in 6 months which was healthy and started to feel great, but I still felt pretty deprived. I also found myself feeling like I couldn’t eat things like nuts because of the calorie content, but would wolf down 2 protein bars a day as snacks. I knew it wasn’t very sustainable but didn’t know what the happy medium would be!
Then I saw the movie Fed Up. WOW! Eye opening. If you haven’t seen it, the documentary talks about the food industry today and how they pump sugar into everything we eat. Most processed food has added sugars in order to make it taste better and get us even more addicted to it. Now this wasn’t something that was completely shocking. I know that “low-fat” usually just means more sugar and chemicals, but I never took the time to actually read the labels of most things I was consuming. Those protein bars I thought were so healthy contained about 20 chemicals I couldn’t pronounce and just because it had protein and fiber I thought it was great. The movie also talks about how hard those foods are on our bodies to break down and that is why that belly fat hangs on for dear life.
It all seemed to just make sense that I should stop putting those chemicals in my body. So I thought, why not give it a try for a week? In just one week I started to feel SO GREAT! I didn’t feel deprived because I didn’t want the bad stuff anymore and I could eat a tasty steak covered in butter and caramelized onions! It also gave me tons of inspiration for new recipes and therefore completely changed this blog over night. If you look back in the archives you will find lots of tasty cake and cookie recipes and trust me they are good! I think I will just save those treats for special occasions now.
I will also come out and say that I am not about to turn down a delicious meal out, or a drink on the weekend, but I just try to be conscious about what I decide to eat. Hopefully my story and recipes will inspire you to give it a try for yourself! Now excuse me while I go eat all of the almond butter………