My relationship with food has always been a complex one. If we’re getting real here, my tendencies to binge forced me to realize that I needed to know more about my food and the relationship that it has to my body. When I finally opened my mind up to learning about nutrition, food politics, and other food system topics I knew I’d never be the same, haha! Kind of like if you’ve ever studied film and you can never watch a movie the same again? Yep. I continued to study Nutritional Science during my undergraduate career and the coursework only solidified this passionate interest.
To get a sense of my view on nutrition and eating, I’ll share my personal outlook! I’m not vegan, though I do prioritize plant based, dairy free, and whole food eating. I don’t believe in diets that rely on deprivation. I’m all for balance and eating for pleasure as well as for health. I am a farmer’s market enthusiast and believe that eating local is one of the healthiest options available to us; I’m lucky enough to reside in the Pacific Northwest, where such resources are abundant. I believe that health begins in the gut and that food is our greatest medicine!
You’ll find me tackling nutrition related topics on the blog, but in general these are the ideals that I personally subscribe to –
- Purchase Certified Organic, locally grown/raised, and at the very least, non-GMO.
- Prioritize whole foods, not packaged and processed foods. “Don’t eat anything your Great Grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” – Michael Pollan
- Make friends with dark, leafy greens.
- When/if eating meat, choose Grass Fed + Finished/Pasture Raised, Certified Organic, and Certified Humane.
- Count chemicals, not calories.
- If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, or buy it at your local grocery store yourself, you should probably think twice about eating it.
- Eat a variety of foods, including the things you crave, while always keeping balance in mind.