My Story

I haven’t always been addicted to a healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t until 2010 that I truly understood the importance of diet and lifestyle for overall wellbeing. Before that, I lived a life of yo-yo dieting using every diet fad in the book. In my mid 20’s, the effects of bad food, poor lifestyle choices, and sporadic gym visits hit me like a ton of bricks. I was 50 pounds overweight, with severe eczema, ongoing minor illnesses, IBS, and no self confidence. What started as a way to get myself back into my high school jeans, ended up being the first page in my new life.

In 2012, my husband and I found Crossfit and for the first time in my life, I felt I had the chance to really be good at something. As you may know, Crossfit preaches fresh, real food that can be purchased around the perimeter of a grocery store. Low carb, high fat, lots of meat, lots of organic, grass fed, free range, high cost food. That way of life has gotten me to where I am today. It has helped my stomach, improved my skin, and improved my immune system. The hard part is the financial cost associated with the lifestyle. Having never completed a budget nor cut a coupon in my life, my husband and I quickly got used to our grocery bill doubling and accepted it as the price we had to pay for good health.

Four years into our marriage, we had a healthy baby boy. Before he was born, we decided as a family that we wanted to raise him on a real, fresh food diet following the same principles we already practiced. We spoke with his pediatrician who was on board, as well as his school to make sure they didn’t supplement his diet with any food on our ‘No’ list. This undertaking was very large but was important to us due to how positively the real food lifestyle had changed our overall health.

Going into it, I fully planned on being the perfect full time working mother who also somehow found time to make every ounce of my child’s food ensuring that he never had preservatives, processed ingredients, or fillers. For the first few months of my child eating solids, I actually managed to pull it off. When he turned one and took an interest in what his friends at school were eating, things got difficult. In order to keep him eating my food, I had to start mirroring his meals based on the school menu using nutrient dense, real food ingredients. I was spending even more money on groceries each week and my nights were consumed with packing the next day’s food for my little one. I accepted this as my reality if I was going to feed my child real food.

It wasn’t until we sat down and evaluated just how much time and money we were spending each week on groceries to meet our holistic lifestyle requirements that we were slapped in the face with reality. We were spending way too much money on food. Our weekends were filled with shopping at multiple high end grocery stores to fulfill our weekly food requirements. This was both expensive and time consuming, especially with a little one in tow. That doesn’t include the hours spent in the kitchen over the weekend and during the week prepping the food we purchased.

Through a lot of trial and error, we have created a super simple system that minimizes both costs and time spent cooking. Food prep takes minutes instead of hours, our grocery budget has been cut in half and we spend more time as a family outside of the kitchen. On top of it all, my son is still fed nutritious foods each day at school that mirrors what his friends are eating but are made from fresh, real food ingredients.

The purpose of this blog is to help others in similar situations who want the best for their family, knowing the repercussions of not fueling properly for life. My goal is not to teach, scold, or tell you how it has to be. I am by no means an expert. I have found elements that work for our family and I look forward to sharing those with you as we continue our journey towards a primal life.