Welcome to The Energetic Foodie blog! My name is Carolyn. I'm a mid 20’s marketing specialist by day, gymnastics coach by night and foodie in between; self-motivated, optimist, giver of encouragement and always hungry. Currently I live in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, just Northwest of Philly where I cook mostly for one and sometimes two, (when my boyfriend Mike is around) in my small apartment kitchen.
About the Blog
The idea for my blog came after I self-healed my stomach issues through diet. I've always been told I have a lot of energy and after all food is energy - so the blog was born. I post clean eating healthy recipes, cooking how-to’s, and dieting guidelines that are simple for busy working people like me. Most recipes are plant based, some vegetarian but not all. I also try to focus oh budget conscious meals. You'll see prices noted on every recipe. I hope this forum helps you on your journey to healthy eating.
I believe that for most of us, taking small steps to change is better than trying to meet an un-achievable goal. In general I try to live by the 80/20 rule 80% of the time I make healthy food choices and 20% of the time I’m not perfect. We are all human!
Growing up a dairy farmer's daughter in rural Pennsylvania I know a few things about eating healthy. My mother in particular helped shape my health awareness from a young age. She was way ahead of the “organic” trend, as she prepared homemade pizza weekly (yes, she made the dough), the garden was full and things like Kraft Macaroni weren't in my vocabulary.
|My parents farm in Newville, PA.|
The Diet That Motivated Me - Standard Process
I decided to go on a diet - but what diet?! That was the problem. I was feeling overwhelmed reading several diet plans and programs so I asked friends and family for advice and a co-worker (shout-out to Danielle!) recommend I check out the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Diet. While intense, the basis of the program was simple: all of nature’s delicious whole foods. You can read more about the diet in my post here. Part diet, part cleanse, the plan eliminates meat, wheat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, and it goes without saying, no processed food or preservatives. Say what?! Is that even possible? Yes, it was possible and yes it was hard, but the results made it worth the journey.
After the first week I felt a major difference in my energy level, the scale went down and my stomach issues were eliminated. These results grew exponentially as the weeks went on. Since going off the diet I've continued to eat similarly and have been feeling great.
I hope that my blog helps you uncover ways in your life you can apply small change that help you make progress toward a healthy eating. God bless you on your journey.
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