Hello all! My name is Kaylin and welcome to Enticing Healthy Eating. I'd love it if you'd stay for a bit and peruse around my little space on the web here. After all, I do put a lot of my heart and soul into my writing and especially into my recipes. Love is ALWAYS the number one ingredient to the best recipe creations.
Here, on Enticing Healthy Eating, I tend to focus on:
nutritional stats and facts about foods and ingredients
latest food and nutrition trends
tips and tricks for how to live a healthier lifestyle
food and pop culture humor
If you couldn't tell, I love to cook. Swapping out ingredients or adding them into recipes in order to make a dish/food healthier is my favorite past time.
I believe my path in life is meant to take me to helping people understand how simple it can be to improve their health and happiness by choosing the right foods, appreciating the Earth and where their food comes from, and listening more to what our bodies really need.
Who's behind this blog?
My journey with food and nutrition definitely began at a pretty young age. I am an only child and growing, up my mother and father both cooked lots of homemade meals. At my first house as a child, we had a humongous garden that provided us with fresh veggies so I definitely was introduced to fresh and wholesome foods early. My father is also an outdoorsman and does his fair share of hunting and fishing so venison and fresh caught lake fish were also a main ingredient found in many of our home cooked meals. I was never really a picky eater as a child.
But even though my parents had the right intentions of bringing me up on healthy homemade meals, I of course did treat myself to a lot of sweets and snacks and sodas too. And thus, I was quite a chubby kid, which progressively went on to me becoming overweight by the time I was in middle school. I didn't lay around and do nothing--I was pretty active outside and even played soccer for seven years. But the junk food I was eating was catching up with me. I didn't like my body and the way I looked in the mirror every morning so I decided to make a change.
As I entered junior high school, I started to make small changes to my diet on my own. I also just started to be more active and stay on my feet or keep busy during most days. The pounds started to slowly drop off and it wasn't just the external changes I was noticing that improved my happiness and well being--it was that my body was just more energized and felt cleaner. I didn't starve myself nor did I do any extreme diet or weight loss plan--I simply did my own research on foods and nutrition in my spare time and implemented my own changes to my lifestyle.
Eventually that healthier lifestyle lead me a bit too far down the road of becoming more "obsessed" about exercise and my diet. Being obsessed about healthy eating isn't so healthy. My former passion had turned into more of a form of orthorexia. It's been a long journey back to a more balanced and healthier lifestyle over the past few years. I'm now far less worried about every little thing I eat, and restored my faith into learning to let go and enjoy foods again. Today, I am very happy to say I'm proud to live a mostly 80/20 lifestyle (80% healthier diet, 20% for the splurges and treats).
I recently graduated college from the University of Arkansas in December 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in Marketing. In November of 2013 I had made the decision to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to begin my journey of receiving my holistic health coach certification. Through this program I learned about holistic and integrative nutrition and received my certification in December 2014.
Life outside of the foodie world
Like I mentioned previously, I am an only child to the most wonderful and supportive parents. I have been blessed to have them in my life. They've always pushed me to do my best and I always strive to make them proud. I'm especially close to my mother--we're best friends and I'm not ashamed to say that. Seriously, she rocks my socks off. This woman knows me far too well. You know the kind of best friend when you can just look at each other and read the other one's mind?...We've got that.
My father recently passed away in March 2015 due to esohageal cancer and other health complications that followed. I speak more about the trials and tribulations of his and my family's time with him as he battled and, unfortunately, later lost his battle with cancer HERE and HERE. He is gone, but never forgotten. Missed, but forever loved.
I couldn't leave out my other best friend in life--my fiance Wade. We met freshman year of college and started dating and have been together ever since. Over four years later we still haven't allowed our mutual stubbornness and odd quirks to push each other away yet.
*Engaged: January 2, 2015 *Save the Date: May 13, 2017 (Click HERE to stay caught up on our wedding planning)
As cliche and cheesy as it sounds, he really is my prince charming and my soulmate and I don't know what I'd do without him.
Carrots (seriously guys, I must have been a rabbit in my past life--I eat carrots just about every day and never get tired of 'em)
A gentleman dressed in a good suit
My Native American heritage
A good not-to-tart-but-rather-leaning-on-the-sweeter-side glass of wine
Being a Taurus (a.k.a. very stubborn) born girl
Driving in traffic
The cold (I get cold really really easily)
Having to sit for longer than 1 hour at a time
Little, yapping dogs
People who judge others just based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, etc...
Any team playing against the Arkansas Razorbacks in football
Interested in Working with Me?
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