Hello, my name is Rachel. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for stopping by!
What will you find here?
Just another food blog? Well, mostly. But my posts are about things that are important in my life, including but not limited to: food, fitness, fashion, science, technology, music, dance, school, and more.
I am a college student in New York City, but I was born and raised Chicago (not the suburbs). During the school year I juggle classes, clubs, homework, a social life(?), arts and workouts – while still attempting to get enough sleep. That is one thing I am still working on. What fun would this be if life was perfect?
I try to live as healthfully as I possibly can, given my living situation and commitments. For me, the most important part of healthy living means staying active – moving my body and pushing myself 5-6 days a week, and eating real, whole and healthy foods. No, I am not vegan or even strictly vegetarian, but I eat a plant-based diet. I avoid processed foods as much as I possibly can, and I eat mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains, etc. I love raw, vegan, and vegetarian food, and seek it out because it provides the best plant-based options that give me so much energy – and taste really good! It is often a challenge for me to live this way, especially among others who do not follow necessarily the same schedule and eat the same diet. It’s an adventure 🙂
How I got here.
Like many people out there, I have not always been an active, healthy eating, mostly content person. I am a boredom eater. I am an emotional eater. While I know this is not a diagnosed ED, turning to food (and not necessarily good food) for comfort is not a healthy way to live – but not an easy habit to kick. Lucky for me, for most of my young life I was one of those girls who could eat as much of anything I wanted and not gain a single pound. There were years of my life where I ate more than a grown man, but that only lasted until I was about 17. I slowly started packing on the pounds my last year of high school. The more stressed I got, the more I ate. When I got to college, I was more stressed than I had ever been – I was living on my own for the first time, on top of having to attend classes and such. Food was my comfort – and at that time I had no idea how to live healthfully on a budget. By the end of my freshman year of college, I was 20+ pounds over my ideal weight, and hardly comfortable in my own skin.
I made it a personal goal to lose the weight and overcome my disordered eating – and not just by ‘dieting’ or using some method or system. I wanted to do it on my own by making permanent lifestyle changes. I started going to pilates, yoga, and dance classes again. I started biking and going to the gym regularly – and found it fun! I limited my food intake and slowly cut out the excessive processed fats and carbs from my diet. I tried not to punish myself if I indulge a little. It took time, but I managed to get close to an ideal weight.
That time was not easy, and it is still a struggle to find the balance between restriction and overeating – something I am still working to achieve.
Food has become an even more prevalent thing in my life – but in a much healthier way. Instead of scavenging in the fridge I try to scavenge the internet for new recipe ideas, cafés, and restaurants. Yes, I have food on the brain – but I’m finding new ways to channel these energies into something productive – and thus, the blog is born.
It is still a challenge for me not to relapse and comfort eat. There are times when I will just go all out at the dessert table, ‘sneak’ a snack or two when I’m alone, or eat 3 or 4 cookies when I allowed myself 1 or 2. I get really down on myself for it, and it’s not easy to break out of those ruts. I’m hoping by writing this blog I can work to change my mindset to match my philosophies.
I do other things too! I have been a musician since I was 5 – I play violin, a little guitar, and sing in choirs. I’m also a gadget geek. I love tech-y things, reading about them, fidgeting with computers, writing programs, etc. I also love everything about theater – acting, stage crew, going to shows, etc. There is more to my life, but you may just have to read my posts to find that out 🙂