Born and raised in Massachusetts, I love running in the crisp fall weather, paddle boarding on sunny summer days, and going on adventures during the unpredictable-yet-always-exciting snowy winters. When I’m feeling more like a hermit, I’m catching up with close friends and family, watching New Girl re-runs, or experimenting with recipes in kitchen. With a mix of Italian, Spanish, and Irish ethnicity, I grew up eating anything and everything under the sun as a child. With my grandparents famous for Chilean empanadas and homemade apple pies, I discovered the pure joy of cooking and good food at a young age.
Unfortunately, my relationship with food has not always been sunshine and rainbows. During my teenage years, learning about nutrition with black-and-white mindset sucked all the fun out of eating for me. At one point, I could not eat a burger without thinking it would clog my arteries. Believing that fat was “bad,” I tried to avoid all fat in foods—butter, cheese, chocolate… everything. With time (and 5+ years of nutrition courses), I learned that following strict food rules was not only harmful and unnecessary, but also no way to live. I physically recovered from my disordered eating pretty quickly, but falling back in love with food was a longer journey. Through intuitive eating I learned to appreciate all foods, from kale to cake, and eat in a way that left me feeling my best physically and emotionally. Now, no foods are off limits because deprivation leaves me hangry. Plus, what’s a birthday without cake or a campfire without S’mores? No fun, my friends.
My college years as a Type A overachiever living on four hours of sleep and working 30+ hours a week while training for a half marathon also taught me a few lessons on self care. Despite eating somewhat healthfully, without enough sleep, rest, and time with family and friends, I was physically and mentally drained.
While I still have much to learn, working on balancing all these slices of life over the years has led to uncovering the happiest and healthiest version of myself. I hope if you’re struggling with healthy eating or finding a balanced lifestyle that Nutrition Served Simply has a positive presence in your life.