How’s it going?! My name is Jessie; I am a New Jersey native, but currently living in the Midwest, in the great state of Iowa, with my fiancé, Brandon, and our wiener dog, Tater! (Yes, just like the potato!) In May of 2016, we decided to quit our jobs, pack up all of our belongings and head west in search of a more simple life! Boy, did we find it!
I am a lover of many things, food (of course), running, puppies, writing, the outdoors, sunflowers, and coffee. In fact, it is safe to say that I am a coffee addict with no intentions of recovering, just curing my ‘problem’ one cup at a time… and, I like it that way!
Being from the Garden State, my life seemed to revolve around food – literally. Farms are an essential part of our lives across the globe, and I was fortunate enough to be able to grow up surrounded by corn stalks and fields of produce. Now living on a farm in Iowa, I’m still surrounded by corn stalks. But, cows and chickens have made their way into the mix.
I also grew up in a home where we cooked almost everything from scratch. This came in handy when I moved in with Brandon, who has Celiac Disease. (For those of you who don’t know what that is, he has to eat an entirely gluten free diet.)
With that being said, never in my life would I have ever thought that I would need to ‘diet,’ but, reality does slap you in the face sooner or later. I was that girl in high school that would challenge the boys to an eating contest at lunch. And often, I would win. I was pretty proud of myself, holding my fast-food bag like a trophy. Now? Not so much…
The truth is, there is a time where those fast food double cheeseburgers catch up to you. My soccer coaches and mother tried to warn me, but I didn’t believe them. Hell, I was 95 pounds and stuffing five or so double cheeseburgers into my body’s fuel tank with ease. What did I have to worry about?
But, after graduating college with a heart monitor under my cap and gown, and nearly passing out from exercise, I decided it was time to make a change!
I am in firm belief that diets should not be boring or restrictive. Diets like this don’t work, trust me, I’ve tried them. Diets should encourage you to eat healthful foods and teach you portion control. I know I know, we have all heard the saying before: “Eat things in moderation.” There are times where I feel that it is being played over and over again in my head like a broken record. But, there is truth to that. And, for the sake of this blog and for both of our sanities, we’re not going to call it “diet food.” But rather, we’re going to call it “fit food” because food should make us feel food and help us accomplish our goals.
This blog is going to show you that fit food tastes great and is good for you, too. Most of the time, you won’t even know that you’re eating light. Just ask my fiancé who refused to eat ground turkey, until I made a meatloaf that was half turkey and half beef and told me it was the best one I ever made! (ha, sucker!) Or the time I made a pasta sauce with Greek yogurt and he raved about it to his buddies at the firehouse… until I told him what it was made with it. To say the least, he has finally come around… and so will you! Just wait and see!
This blog will also teach you that gluten free food does not have to taste like cardboard! We will also dabble in the Paleo and Whole30 recipes. Bran and I have tried multiple gluten free brands and have found a few we love! A few substitutions to a normal recipe can make it gluten free and super yummy. It really is THAT easy. It just takes some time to get used to!
More importantly, I’m here to show you that with a few simple changed in your eating habits can yield fabulous results. Trust me! Just try one recipe, I guarantee that you will not regret it and you’ll be feeling great and looking great, too!
Now enough chatting, let’s hit the kitchen!