Who IS This Chick?
So, I’m Alison. I’m a 30-something Computer Programmer turned Stay-At-Home(schooling)-Mom turned birth doula/prenatal yoga teacher/lactation counselor (while still being homeschooling mom, too.) There’s this pretty cool dude I married more than a dozen years ago that hangs around here, plus the three pesky kids that insist on calling me “Mom”.
This would be the place where I come to write about and share all the stuff I love: eating, cooking, running, yoga, fitness, healthy living, gardening, motherhood – and sometimes everything in between.
It all started waaaay back in 2008 when I lost a bunch of weight. “A bunch of weight” for me meant about 35 pounds, and it also meant the scale started flashing numbers that I’d seen before, just in a different order.
For the dozen or so years prior to 2008, any weight loss attempts were about being skinny. I was never really successful, and looking back I can safely say it was because I was going about it all wrong. Once it became more about being fit and healthy instead of being skinny and hungry – everything changed.
I revamped my approach to healthy eating and over time, created a bunch of healthy habits for myself. I figured out how to love running and got back to biking. I deepened my yoga practice and found ways to simply stay active in my day to day life. I’ve come to really enjoy preparing healthy meals for myself and my family – and now I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned here on my little plot of cyber real estate too.
I’ll often post recipes I make or meal ideas I have. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert, whatever – if we liked it, or even if we didn’t – it’s fair game for a blog post. I use local, organic products and foods as much as possible. The produce section is where you’d find me snoozing if I was locked in the grocery store overnight. Vegan, vegetarian, raw, Paleo – we’ll try it all.
You don’t have to be a raw foodie to grasp the beauty of eating foods in their natural state. And you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy meals prepared without animal products either. While not completely eliminated from my diet, I consume a lot less grain and sugar now than I did once upon a time and feel a lot better because of it. I’m always eager to share my alternatives to conventional dietary wisdom.
As a former vegetarian, we very often discuss where our food comes from, how the animals in our food chain are treated and that we believe they deserve to be honored and treated with respect. Our hope is to raise our children with an awareness and understanding of how the foods that we eat impact our health, the way that we feel, our society and our environment too.
While I surely love to write about cooking and eating and food, you’ll also find my thoughts and musings about my ever-evolving approach to health and fitness here as well. Running, cycling, barefooting, swimming, Yoga – variety is the spice of life as they say.
I don’t have a degree in nutrition or exercise, so there are no fancy letters after my name (just a couple of interesting hand gestures sometimes) – all I have are my own personal experiences, successes and failures. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned along the way. My hope is that just maybe you’ll find some value in what I do and have learned too.
My suggestion is to treat what I put here like a buffet; take what you like and leave the rest behind. My sincere hope is that you might find some of the things I do helpful as you travel your own personal journey toward health and wellness. You only get one body – it’s never too late to do something amazing with it.
OK, that’s a wrap. Who’s hungry?