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But it wasn’t until I pursued my degree in clinical nutrition that I realized what I have known all my life about real food is a concept our society has branched away from...
...that in order to be healthy, we don't have to waste hours analyzing nutrition labels, confine ourselves to the latest fad diet, pull our hair out over media headlines, or be obsessed with counting our food’s calories. Actually, the more we scrutinize our food, the further away from health we get. Because the healthiest foods don’t come with any labels at all.
"Real food doesn't have ingredients. Real food IS ingredients." -Jamie Oliver
The healthiest foods don't have fancy packaging with shiny labels that say "gluten free" and "low in sugar". You can't cut coupons for them, and you probably don't even see them in advertising campaigns. In fact, it's only when we eat the freshest ingredients with no labels at all that the complexity and technicalities of modern-day "healthy" eating become completely irrelevant. By simply providing your body with the real food and nutrients it craves, you no longer have to headache over counting points, calories, or grams of [insert - you name it].
You see, it's not about eating less; it’s about eating better. It's time we focus less on quantity and more on quality. So, maybe we should stop asking why real food is so expensive and start asking why processed food is so cheap.
"Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of food is paid somewhere and if it isn't paid at the cash register, it's charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it's charged to your health." -Michael Pollan
But it doesn't end there, my friends. In fact, that's just where it begins. Because healthy eating won't turn into healthy living if it feels like a chore. I believe eating healthy is about so much more than the number on the scale or the size of your jeans; it's about a lifestyle that directly affects the outcome of your life. It's a means to self-respect; a vehicle to a happier, more fulfilled life. It's not about the weight you lose, it's about the LIFE you gain.
Not to mention, the scale does not define our health! (It may influence our health, but it most definitely doesn't define it.) Because no matter what you weigh, you are, quite literally, what you eat. Every 35 days your skin replaces itself... Your liver, every 6 months... Your bones, every 10 years. Your body makes new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. And you have the privilege to choose what you're made of.
"What most people don't know is that food is not just calories; it's information. It actually contains messages that communicate to every cell in our body." -Mark Hyman
My intention is to empower you to honor your body, and treat it with respect; to turn your "I can't have that" into "I don't want that"; to stop seeing rules and start seeing possibilities; to learn what your body truly craves and be its provider so it can continue to provide for you.
Ask yourself: have you sacrificed your happiness when you've tried to get healthier? If you answered yes, know that there's a better way.
Your journey to better health begins here.
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A nutritionist, writer, real-food lover, and unwavering optimist dedicated to helping you live your healthiest, most vibrant life.
I'm on a heartfelt mission to simplify the complex world of nutrition and direct people back to the roots of their nutritional heritage. I empower people to cultivate their unique version of health; to stop abiding by "diet rules" and start listening to their body's innate wisdom.
I established Nutrition Simplified in 2010. It's a resource for those seeking a healthy lifestyle so they can live their life to its fullest potential. My intention is to share with you how to take your health into your own hands, to nourish your body, and optimize your wellbeing… all to inspire you to become the driver of your own wellness journey, where life is a little more simple and a lot more vibrant!
One of the things I’m often asked is, "Why are you on this mission?"
My answer is because it's time. Time to reimagine our approach toward health. Time to reframe our mindset around lifestyle choices. And time to redefine our wellbeing.
This seed was planted in me at a young age. I grew up on my family's farm in a small town in Maine. (Yep, that's me in our farm stand at the ripe age of six!) I was fortunate to eat fresh foods straight from the garden everyday and I gained a great appreciation of where food comes from and the hard work that goes into growing it.
Which brings me to you...
I'm here to serve you. Nutrition Simplified is built on love and passion for full-potential living. I believe it's only when we feel our best that we live our best.
Through my online wellness guides, health coaching and anything else I might offer — I'm in this to make a difference. To help you build a healthy lifestyle that you truly love.
...Maybe you want to fit into your favorite pair of jeans again, or be able to play with your kids or grandchildren without having to stop and catch your breath.
...Maybe you want to lower your risk of diabetes or another preventable disease.
...Maybe you’re just feeling like you want to push a reset button and feel better.
...Maybe you’re not quite sure yet what inspired you to show up here, but you did, and somewhere in there you do know exactly what motivated you.
No matter what has brought you here, I'm here to help you achieve your greatest health and feel comfortable and confident in your body, so you can live a full, energetic, productive and happy life.
So, my friend – are you ready to say "sayonara" to following yet another diet's rules, and "hello" to your most vibrant health, where you get to call the shots?
I invite you to join me in living a life that's a little more simple and a lot more vibrant. I call this Eating Freely and Living Fully, and I would love to show you the way.
You don't need to choose between your health and your happiness;
you can have BOTH.
And the approach is simpler than you'd think.
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I meet people every day who want to feel better, but don’t know where to start. As a health coach, I help my clients become aware of their potential. Not only their potential to achieve their greatest health and feel comfortable and confident in their body, but also their potential to live a full, energetic, productive and happy life."