A southern California girl with a rowdy puppy, an incredible husband, and a job in human resources for an international social justice organization.

Like I said in my Blog Launch post, I have really developed a love for healthy eating and living over the past few years. It’s been a long process. Growing up, I hated most vegetables and pretty much survived solely on cheese, bread and sugar. Thank goodness for high school sports and a high metabolism.

The first time I realized there was even a link between food and health was when my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Alongside her treatments, she worked closely with a cancer nutritionist, who I believe is a miracle worker.

Then, I discovered Michael Pollan. I read one of his articles in Time, and then his book, In Defense of Food, for book club. I was hooked.  It just made sense that there is a strong link between the western diet and the western diseases of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. I told my book club that In Defense of Food affected me more than anything I'd ever read, and I wanted to significantly change my life. One of them looked at me like I was a bit crazy. She was probably right.

Once I learned about this, I couldn’t unlearn it. I’ve slowly changed my lifestyle, cutting out most processed foods and trying to eat only whole foods, and I've seen a drastic change in how I feel. I feel more energized and no longer feel sick every time after I eat. And while I still crave cheese and sugar from time to time, I really do love salads and quinoa.

I’m certainly not an expert or a certified nutritionist, and I know that nutrition and health looks different for everyone.  But as I’ve shared what I’m learning with others, I’ve found that we all want to live healthier lives – we just don’t always know how. Hopefully my obsession with figuring out how can benefit more than me and my little family.

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