In college it was lacrosse and writing poetry, and in grad school it was yoga and learning the guitar. While living in Spain, it was journaling (and trying to communicate in a language that I was extremely insecure speaking), and when I was back in Colorado and teaching, I found myself running again (this time with our new puppy) and writing when the Colorado weather had me hunkered inside.
|Running near the Flatirons in Boulder, CO|
But over the last six months, I have been a stay-at-home mom, and while this job is one of the toughest, I have found myself exploring a new hobby: cooking.
I recently did a whole food cleanse with Courtney at Glow Family Wellness and felt amazing. I have been learning a lot about clean eating and using food blogs like My Whole Food Life and Oh She Glows as my basis for trying to eat and feel better. But, I am also trying to watch my family's expenses, so using other sites like Budget Bytes and Fit and Frugal have also been extremely helpful.
I hate putting labels on my diet, but I am definitely not vegan (I love eggs and dairy, although I am trying to cut back on my cheese intake!). I'm not even quite vegetarian, because I do enjoy fish every once in a while. I love tofu and tempeh, but know that I should limit my intake given the debates on hormone levels and the ever-terrifying percentage of soy products that are genetically modified. I'm not gluten-free, even though I find a lot of the gluten-free meals just as tasty as their wheat counterparts.
But as I find myself cooking for not only myself, but also my little one, I realize that not knowing what is going into our food is unacceptable. Food labels with an endless list of ingredients that I can't pronounce, terrify me, and I know that I don't want these things building up and causing problems for my daughter.
|Enjoying some Beet and Black Bean Burger!|
So, here I am, combining my hobbies of cooking and writing, to put together some recipes that I have been using and share them with friends and family. As you can see, I have had no training with cooking, so any hints or recommendations are welcomed :)