I woke up with a fever, feeling tired, and had swollen lymph nodes all down my neck. Over the next year and a half I had to take a leave of absence from school, have two surgeries, and travel across the country in hopes of receiving a diagnosis. I was so sick that I couldn’t exercise and I was eating my way through the mental and physical stress of it all. I was started on two antibiotics which seemed to help, but I wasn’t 100% back to normal. I was putting these pills in my mouth two times a day for months, but not monitoring much else. Slowly but surely clothes that fit me the summer before I got sick were being stuffed in the back of a dresser drawer and my self esteem plummeted. I realized I didn’t want to go through this cycle my whole life. Like I said, the antibiotics were helping, but I started wondering how I’d feel if instead of using food to heal me emotionally, I started using it to heal me physically.
A year after I got sick and I was craving some structure, so I decided to log in to MyFitnessPal. I entered my weight and saw (thanks to the pesky progress graph) that I had gained 25lbs over the last 15 months. After beating myself up a bit, I reset my account and thought “ok, this is where I am now, not where I’m going to be a week, month, or year from now.” After taking some before photos, I started with the basics: going for walks and trying to be better about what I ate. In about 7 months, I was 10 pounds lighter no longer having frequent (almost daily) fevers and felt strong enough to reach out for help.
Reaching out to others allowed me to workout with a friend/personal trainer, start doing Olympic lifts and running, and experiment with different ways of eating such as: calories in vs. calories out, Macros, Whole30, and paleo. With each of these experiences, I learned about food and the affects it can have on me mentally and physically. With this blog, I hope to provide you with yummy, satisfying recipes that encourage you to get in the kitchen and out to the gym. While I am still learning everyday, both in school and the kitchen, I hope to give you solid and from time to time, scientifically sound, information that will help you achieve a healthy body and mind.