About Me

Short Version: I am a wife, stay at home mom and part-time student. I love gardening, popcorn, jewelry making, eating, cooking, learning new things and reading. I’m just trying to find balance in living well!

Check out my Thoughts, Mediations and Studies from Scripture at Always In Blossom!

Long version: I’ve been overweight since college- I lost 30 pounds for my wedding, but afterward, the weight just keep creeping up. I would try different diets and lose a little weight, then I would quit and I’d add back on the pounds, plus some. By 2008, I was 180 lbs. Early in 2008, I was also diagnosed with Prolactinoma (a small, non-cancerous tumor on my pituitary gland that secretes the prolactin hormone) as well as PCOS. I was told that I might ever be able to have children. Of course, I turned to food, and ‘comforted’ myself right to 190+ lbs. I stopped weighing myself at that point.

My doctor suggested losing weight might help, but didn’t really give me any guidance. I had no idea what I should be eating, or how much or even what a healthy weight was for me. I knew I hated how I looked and how I felt. My knees hurt, I alternated between diarrhea and constipation. I had heartburn, and incredibly dry skin.

Around the same time, my mom discovered the Eat Clean Diet. My parents overhauled their diet- pretty hard to do since they already ate fairly healthy. I started eating clean as well- I eliminated processed foods, loaded my fridge with fruits, veggies and lean proteins and began walking a few times a week. I started getting energy, regular bowel movements, heartburn disappeared and my hair, skin and nails looked the best they had every looked!

I lost 15 pounds, started some medications and by November I was pregnant. The first trimester was a breeze… I craved fruits and vegetables and lost another 5 pounds. The last part of pregnancy was not as great…. All I wanted was ice cream and slurpees. I was over 200 pounds when I was induced because of high blood pressure. After Krissy was born, the bad habits stuck and my weight hovered right around 170.

Six months later, I found myself pregnant again. I had no energy and had morning sickness, all day long. I knew I needed to change the way I was taking care of myself. I began eating clean again. Because I was already overweight, but doctor wanted me to gain no more then 15 pounds. I gained 8 (of course, I had lost nearly 20 because I was so sick…)

After Amelia was born, I lost weight quickly, then started not watching what I ate again. David had a job change and I was alone with 2 girls during the week. Our house was up for sale. He came home on the weekends, but the stress did its damage. With a toddler and an infant, convenience was important. I gained it all back. August 2011, I was right back to where I started- 190+ pounds and miserable.

Fast forward to 2012. Back on track again… I lost 30 pounds in a year and a half. Not as quickly as I would have liked, but considering what we had been through: three moves, Krissy being diagnosed with pica, returning to school, an ectopic pregnancy, offers on 7 houses and none working out I’d say it’s pretty good!

2013/2014 I’m still eating (mostly) clean. I eat five to six small meals a day. I drink lots of water. I’m also attempting gluten free now, as I discovered it triggers my migraines.

I know eating healthy and eating clean can be intimidating for some people. Some people think it’s too expensive. We are a real family with a real budget (like $300-350/month). I don’t buy crazy ingredients that you can only find in health food stores. I do buy organic whenever possible, (love Door to Door Organics!) but I shop Kroger, Meijer and Aldi’s. I use coupons and occasionally indulge in pizza and nachos. I love chocolate and bacon (but not together).

My career goal is in nutritional therapy, but I am also passionate about public education about how our diet choices affect our health and overall wellness. That’s why I created this blog.

I’ll be importing stuff over from my former blog, myhealthytemple.blog.com over the next few months.

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