Hey, I’m Rachel. I have a love for healthy eating and that is why I created this blog. My goal is to prove that healthy eating does taste good, and it feels even better! While I do enjoy eating fish occasionally, I avoid most animal products. My meals consist of lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and some grains here and there. Eating a nutritious, and primarily plant-based diet has become who I am and what I strongly advocate for. I hope you are here to join me on the roadway to a more nutritious life. Thanks for coming!
I wasn’t always a healthy eater. Ask my mom. I was EXTREMELY picky as a child. I hated bread, unless it was burnt black (seriously) and slathered with peanut butter and jam. I still love homemade raspberry jam. It makes me think of my sweet Grandma Rachel, whose name I was lucky enough to snag. I also loved pizza, tacos, and graham crackers…oh and cereal. That was what I lived off of and nobody was going to change that. I never tried new foods, and I would gag at the thought of eating vegetables.
I graduated high school in 2006 and met my best friend, Elden, while attending college in Southern Utah. While we were dating he introduced me to something very special. A pomegranate! Man, was that amazing! There was something pretty special about Elden right from the start. He somehow got me to start trying new foods. First of all he was paying for them so I didn’t want to look like a picky dope while we were at dinner, but I also found that he never lead me astray. Every time he told me I would like something, I did. I tried so many new foods that first year we dated. The funny thing about our relationship is now I find him somewhat picky. Once in a while he is slightly apprehensive when I place dinner in front of him, but bless his heart, he always tries it with a smile.
Elden and I married in October of 2007. For the next several years I did lots of experimenting with food. I won’t call what I was eating healthy, but I was trying new things, experimenting with recipes, and loving it. Now is probably a good time to mention that as long as I could remember, I had struggled with digestive issues. I won’t go into the details (you’re welcome), but just know I had quite a bit of stomach pain. I saw several doctors, and was diagnosed with IBS, however, the suggestions the doctors offered to ease my troubles did not work. I went on living my life and tried to never focus on tummy troubles.
Then one day in 2012 I watched the documentary called Forks over Knives. I decided right then and there that I was giving up meat and dairy. I think my friends thought I was a little cuckoo when I showed up on their doorsteps with everything in my refrigerator and pantry that contained meat or dairy. I was serious though. That is how I began my plant-based diet. I didn’t ease off meat and dairy, I just went for it. I began eating lots of salads, beans, fruits, and nuts. After about a month I noticed that I hadn’t had any stomach pain in weeks! Could it be true? Could all my tummy troubles be a result of the diet I had chosen to eat for so long? Well, I am here to report that I have not had any digestive stomach pain since I began a (primarily) plant-based diet nearly 4 years ago.
For two years I ate a strict vegan diet. I enjoyed every minute of it. It set me on the path to where I am now. I now enjoy eating fish about once a week—I live in the Northwest, I have to eat all this amazing fish! Other than that animal products don’t make their way into my diet very often. I feel great and I don’t want to compromise that feeling ever again.
I now have two children. Feeding them plant-based meals is so much fun! I created the Plant-Based Toddlers page to share ideas about feeding kids healthy meals. Persistence it the key!
Thanks for tuning in to my story! Now get out there and get some greens on your plate!