Hey! My name is Rachel and I am a Kansas transplant living in the Denver, CO area. After graduating with my Bachelors in Bakery Science & Management (yes, that's a real degree) and completing my MBA from Kansas State University, I moved Denver with my hubby for our new jobs and a new adventure.
I started this blog while in grad school because I figured, since I am in school to improve my future career, I should also start improving myself. My health definitely improved throughout those two years--unfortunately I didn't chronicle all of it (blarg!)--but you can view my previous progress in older posts. Before my journey to healthy, I had been consuming too many processed foods, eating dessert like it was going out of style, and not working out. Although my strategies to lose weight worked temporarily, the weight ended up creeping back on.
Where was I going wrong?
For starters, I was doing a bunch of "fad" diets like paleo and juice cleanses, all the while counting endless calories. None of these were doing me any favors. Though they did lower my weight initially, they were not sustainable. I also used these techniques to get into shape for my wedding (June, 2015). But six months later I had packed on 12 more pounds. Something needed to change.
I thought I was eating healthy. I ate greek yogurt everyday, I ate chicken breasts and ground turkey patties, I put feta cheese on my salad, and I asked for dressing on the side. I thought I was doing all of the right things and yet my weight wouldn’t budge.
It wasn’t until my sister suggested I watch the documentary Forks Over Knives that nutrition finally started to make sense.
Initially, Health My Lifestyle was where I posted about what I ate, when I ate, my workouts, and recipes. I wanted to make myself accountable by having this blog. Now, I no longer NEED the accountability. *GASP* I have reached a point where I am completely satisfied with my diet and find that cravings are few and far between. No more calorie counting for me! And I am sooooo passionate about this diet and what it can do for anybody who gives it a try. The Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet. It really has changed my life for the better. You'll still see me posting recipes on here, but it's going to be more nutrition based, focusing on the many benefits of this diet/lifestyle.
I want to show everyone that you do have the power to make healthy changes for yourself and your family. We do not have to be in fear of our family genetics—we can change them!
I also want to prove that eating healthy can actually SAVE you time and money! Don't believe me? Check out my FREE 7-Day meal plan that provides a week of meals that are low-cost, delicious, and easy to make!
Otherwise, stay tuned for some awesomeness and perhaps geekiness as I blab about my favorite topic--FOOD (and perhaps some randomness as I pursue balance in all aspects of my life).
Thanks for visiting and feel free to comment and share your own journey to being healthy, workout tips, or recipes.
xoxo - Rachel