Hi there, welcome to my little corner of the internet! Thanks for stopping by!

My name is Steph and I originally created this blog and my Instagram account after finding my love of cooking nutrient dense meals that support my weight loss efforts and my family’s overall well being.

Still reading? Here’s the long version:

I have had an ongoing battle with my weight since childhood and have never felt comfortable in my own skin. The constant yo-yo dieting would yield results, but only temporary results. I am taking a pledge to myself – to change my life.

I am beyond the point of yo-yo dieting and I want to change my diet, but more importantly, my lifestyle.  Peers are cruel, and it was heartbreaking to be bullied. I was lucky enough to have a select group of friends (and family) that believed in me, sometimes more then I believed in myself.  Through diet and exercise I was able to reach a comfortable weight of 142lbs as a senior in high school and maintain it through college.

Over the years, I have learned that managing the weight loss is almost as difficult, if not more difficult than the weight loss itself.

It seemed no matter what I did, I couldn’t lose the weight. I was gaining at a rapid speed and was convinced that I had a hypothyroidism. Despite telling my doctors , my TSH levels kept showing in the “normal range”.

Finally, I demanded that I wanted to see an Endocrinologist despite my test results. Sure enough, after additional testing, my thyroid levels were not normal.  This just goes to show that no one knows your body better then you! My Endocronoligst prescribed  25mg of levothyroxine in May 2016 and my doses have continually increased. Currently, I am taking 100mg daily.

October 2016 I decided it was time to try another diet and change my eating habits, for life. I  read all of the available books, completed a round of Whole30 November 2016 and lost 17 pounds (!!!!). I felt amazing and for once in a long time had energy. This is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Eating clean, whole foods rids your body of all of the toxic chemicals and ingredients that are slowly killing you. Some say that sugar is more addicting than cocaine and I believe them. I learned a lot about myself, my eating habits, and how my body breaks down food.

In 2020 I took the plunge into Keto to fast-track my weight loss while using the knowledge I learned from Whole30 and Paleo to choose better ingredients.

I started this blog to help keep myself accountable and share my whole life. There is no reason to get so comfortable that you just don’t care. I don’t want to feel like I have to go on a crash diet before a big event or vacation, I don’t want to feel like I have to wear a dress with sleeves, and I don’t want to make any excuses. This blog is an open book about my life and my journey to becoming a better whole version of myself.

This is my pledge to care about myself in a way that I have never before. This is my pledge to make a lifestyle change in the way that I eat and exercise.