I really love food.  Like many people, some of my fondest memories as a child involve food and family.  Helping my mom in the kitchen or enjoying “secret” family recipes (especially around the holidays).  In college, when I first moved out on my own, I dove head first into learning to cook as many fabulous things as I could.  I was riding high on a wave of homemade macaroni and cheese and a youthful metabolism.  Within three years, I was buying new jeans and wondering why I felt so run down and often even depressed.  It was then that I first started running and more importantly, researching about food.

Over the past ten years I’ve done a lot of reading, cooking, experimenting and exercising- all to find the right balance of what works for me and my life.  I truly believe that knowledge is power when it comes to your health.  To gain control you have to understand your drivers, your vices and know your options.  You also have to adapt.  Becoming a mom has definitely been the biggest challenge to maintaining my goals, but I’m finding new ways everyday to make it easier.

I hope I can share a few ideas to help motivate and support other moms out there with a similar mission.  As a full time working “new” mom, I know how precious time can be.  Making health and fitness a priority isn’t always easy, but is the most rewarding thing you can give to yourself and your family.  I still love food- we’ve just come to understand each other differently.  I think we’re getting along much better now.

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