Hi everyone and thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Nicole and I am a 20 something living smack in the middle of the food center of the world, New York City. Unfortunately, I am also one of those people that says they have been on every diet you’ve ever heard of. Low carb, low fat, low sugar, green juice cleansing, raw food, vegan, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, grapefruit, cabbage soup, sweet potato (I think I made that one up, but I was convinced I could live on sweet potatoes alone). Elliptical’s, treadmills and stairmasters, oh my! I’ve logged hundreds of laps around the track. I have tried being a centered yogi, a spin head and a runner. And through all of this, I continued to struggle with my weight and body image issues.
After a quarter of a century of this battle with food, I have finally reached a point where I’ve adopted the “all things in moderation” mindset. Sometimes I enjoy a day of eating only raw foods and sometimes I am craving a big, messy burger. Most days, I find myself in the middle. One thing I do not like to give in to, however, is fake, packaged food. Through all of my craziness with dieting, I have at least become much more aware of how eating different things affect my body. Let me tell you, those neon orange crackers and gummy, gel filled fruit snacks do NOTHING for my insides or my outsides. I don’t like to use the “D” word, but if I were to classify the way that I eat, it would be in line with a clean eating diet.
Along the way, I’ve lost over 40 pounds. It hasn’t
ever always been easy and I’m still the type of person who gains 5 pounds by looking at cake, but this journey to a healthier me has led to passion for nutrition.
My interest in wellness led me to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I obtained my certificate in health counseling. I have put health coaching on the back burner for now but I still can’t get enough information on health and wellness. After spending WAY too much of my free time devouring other healthy eating food blogs, I have decided to go with the gusto and start my own. I hope you enjoy reading about my forays into the kitchen and surviving in the all too available, all too delicious NYC eateries I constantly find myself in.