Hello and welcome to Feed Me Greens! So glad you’re here, and hoping you’ll stick around a bit and check things out. Because I always like to know a little bit about WHO is behind a website I’m reading, let’s pull back the curtain, shall we?! Here’s me (just hanging out with a bunch of chard right before a cooking class, at a concert with the hubs, and not-so-gently coercing everyone in the family to smile for 532 attempts at a holiday card pic):
I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Slightly neurotic with hopefully just enough lovable thrown in. In my fantasy, our house is white and bright with no clutter and rooms filled with tasteful pops of color and Pinterest decor, but in reality it is a happy chaos with lots of laughter and kitchen dance parties and I try to squelch down the part of me that gets stressed out from near constant mess of mostly lovable littles. I love to read (pretty much any and everything so send me your faves), take classes of all kinds, try new workouts, do yoga, drink wine with friends, travel, cook new recipes and old favorites, learn about photography, shop on Amazon, and spend time with my crazy crew.
I’m also a health coach, vegetarian recipe developer, and food photographer/videographer in progress! As for what officially brought me here to you….
My path was a little bit long and winding, and I often wish I had gotten started on it sooner, but late is better than never, right?! I’ve always been a science nerd at heart, and majored in Zoology/Biology at Miami University in OH. After college I worked in Research and Development for Procter and Gamble, then eventually landed in a clinical research position with a company called Medpace, where I traveled and worked on pharmaceutical studies for 8 years.
During my time in the clinical research industry, I saw firsthand that many people were reliant on medications to control their diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and other common health issues plaguing Americans today. Often in the studies I worked on, patients would participate in a “dietary lead-in” where they followed a basic TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, and I saw that many had incremental improvements in their diagnosed conditions, some to the point where they no longer qualified for the investigational trial. It got me thinking about how what we eat can affect our health in so many ways.
After leaving the clinical research industry, I decided to follow my heart and passion, and enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where I completed training to become a certified health coach. This opened up some great new opportunities for me and also lead me to develop Feed Me Greens.
I started this blog for several reasons:
1. I’ve been vegetarian for 20+ years, but in the beginning (and for quite a while actually), I didn’t go about it in the best way. There are tons of unhealthy meatless foods, and during college and shortly after, I chose too many diet sodas, fake meats, processed snacks, and convenience foods. Over time, I began to learn more about how what we eat can affect how we feel, and I started to take notice and make some changes. Now, I focus on eating well balanced, healthy vegetarian meals, and meeting my nutritional requirements to fuel my body and feel my best. I hope to provide recipes and resources for people who want to do the same.
2. I often hear from people who would like to eat less meat but don’t know where to start or what they would eat. I love this because I feel like cutting out meat can actually open up a whole world of new options and I want to highlight that with this platform! (Browse through my recipes to get started!)
3. I also hear from those who have a family member choosing to eat vegetarian (and in some cases, vegan) and want a resource for how to do it in a healthy way. There are considerations when you choose to eat vegetarian (or vegan), and I hope to provide helpful information and tips (+ issues you may want to discuss with your physician or dietitian).
4. As you can see, I live with 4 other people, all of whom have their own tastes and preferences! When you’re cooking for a family, you may be working to make food that only 3 of 5 people will eat, or discovering a recipe you’re really excited to make, only to find that you still have 4 hungry people because they aren’t into the samosa chickpeas (just sayin’). So I wanted to share ideas on how we make it work, with 2 vegetarians and 3 meat eaters in the house. Because “I love making multiple meals every night” said no one ever.
5. I truly believe that what we put into our bodies is really important, and I want to make it easy and fun to make good better choices. I will share products I love, and be honest about those I don’t. Hopefully I’ll show you some ways to make meatless eating healthy, easy, and enjoyable for you and your family and we’ll have some fun along the way 😉