“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”

“Firsts” are always awkward (for me at least), and my first blog post is following suit. I want to tell you all about myself, and more importantly, the reason behind this blog! But where the heck do I even start?! I’m thinking I will save my life story for the “about me” section. Instead, I want to talk about the title of this post.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

I totally wish I could take credit for this quote. Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma actually wrote this. The world of nutrition has grown out of control with claims and products, and I love this quote because it reminds me that nutrition isn’t as complicated as many try to make it out to be. Let’s break it down.

Eat food. REAL food! Know where your food is coming from and what is in it.

Not too much. Be mindful of your portions and learn to distinguish true hunger from emotional hunger. Or boredom.

Mostly plants. A plant-based diet means lots of vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that this says MOSTLY plants. You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to be healthy. Its as simple as checking your plate at every meal. “Does my plate have more fruits and veggies than meat/bread/cheese, etc.?”

Simple, right? And that brings me back to what I was originally trying to talk about. Hopefully I haven’t lost you!

This blog is meant to simplify the crazy world that the simple act of eating has become. While I love nutrition (my husband claims I really just love food), I am nowhere near perfect. I love eating my veggies and I love to workout. I track my calories and I plan what I am going to order at restaurants before we actually go like a crazy person. But, I’m not someone who is going to recommend a day full of supplements, or a diet that cuts entire food groups. I’m known for bringing No Bake Cookies or some other dessert to all pitch-ins, and sometimes I still make mac n cheese with Velveeta (mostly because my husband begs). Basically, my world of nutrition is just a world of balance (hence the name of the blog!).

I’m starting this blog because several friends and family have asked for my recipes, and because I love to talk about food and nutrition. I love to give advice and to teach people what I know. So, what better way to do that than a blog?