My Philosophy

Like I said before, I believe life is all about balance. I absolutely love going to the Farmer’s Market in Madison and stocking up on local veggies, and my boyfriend Pat agrees I spend WAY too much time admiring the fresh produce when we go grocery shopping. When I cook, I make sure I use fresh ingredients if at all possible. I would much rather make my salsa homemade than buy a jar at the store. And, when I snack, I’d much rather grab a banana with some peanut butter than open a bag of Fritos.

But, I also love some unhealthy things, too. Look, don’t get me wrong, I’m no Paula Deen- I very rarely use butter, I will never own a deep fryer, and I really don’t add salt to anything I cook. However- if once every 3 months I’m at a restaurant and someone orders cheese curds as an appetizer- yup, I’m gonna have a few. And I know it’s not going to kill me. I think the important thing is that if I eat well 80-90% of the time and incorporate exercise into my everyday routine, the other 10-20% is, in my opinion, key for balancing your life – physically and mentally.

My philosophy as a dietitian is exactly that. As someone who has been through a vegan phase, a no-sweets-allowed phase, and a no-fast-food phase, I’ve learned a lot about myself, and what works and what doesn’t. (I’ve learned if I stop eating Oreos cold-turkey, I’m far more likely to break down and eat 10 at a time.) Food brings way too much joy to my life to deprive myself of what I love!

As a lover of all things food and nutrition, I decided to start this blog as a place to share my recipes, ideas, and tips with friends, family, clients, and the rest of the foodie community. One of the things I’ve learned in my quest to become a dietitian is how to alter recipes to make things healthier, and what works and what doesn’t. I can tell you right now you will never be seeing me use fat-free cheese in a recipe. Join me while I cook and bake my way through cookbooks I’ve collected and recipes I’ve gathered, and I will suggest some things you could do to make the recipe healthier, if you so choose. I may also add some restaurant reviews if I stumble upon something particularly awesome or horrible.

Welcome, and happy eating!


2 Responses to “My Philosophy”

  1. Dad November 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I for one love your blog…..and as your father I promise to embrace your philosophy….sorta!
    Keep up the good work. Hey I’m going to try that chicken recipe. Rock on!

  2. Ashley.W July 24, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    Your site is wonderful and your family is so unbelievably adorable! I need to learn to cook like you, I wish I could teach myself to cook without oil butter and salt!

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