Stop feeling controlled by food. It’s time for you to experience the flavors and tastes of a life that’s deliciously free from judgment.
- You’re desperate to stop feeling controlled by food, weight, eating or your appearance. It’s been a life-long obsession and you don’t know how to change.
- All you want is to feel like enough, just the way you are. Sure, you want to improve, but you also want to love yourself today, just as you are. (Can you imagine?)
- You’re exhausted by always feeling guilty about the things you eat and the negative spiral that keeps you repeating the same behaviors.
- You want to stop ruining your entire day just because you got on the scale.
- You dream of a healthy relationship with food that doesn’t feel depriving. You’re sick of living on a diet of boring food and destined for a life of only kale and quinoa.
- You want to focus on your passions instead of your next “fix”, whatever that may be.
- Imagine a world where food is your friend—not your enemy.
- Imagine looking at yourself through the eyes of acceptance and patience instead of guilt and criticism.
- Imagine feeling like you can enjoy delicious meals without beating yourself up for it later.
- Imagine finally breaking the cycles of punishment you’ve created for yourself and allowing yourself to feel happy, fulfilled and joyous in all parts of your life.
- Imagine craving foods which will energize you instead of foods causing you to binge, deplete energy and cause guilt and shame.
I believe you can.
Hi there! My name’s Karen, and I’m thrilled to be able to share these delicious, whole food recipes that you can enjoy. The recipes, photos, and stories shared here come from the OTHER side of feeling totally and completely trapped by food.
My obsession with food, eating, weight and my body started long before any other obsession or addiction that I’ve battled. Stemming from the belief that I wasn’t good enough, I used my body to get positive attention.
What followed were years of self destructive behaviors that became impossible to break.
Convinced that I had nothing to offer, I believed, my body had to look “perfect” which drove the obsession of weight caused by food and eating. Everything that went in to my body was categorized as “good” (foods I thought would make me skinny) or “bad” (foods I thought would make me fat). The scale became my daily litmus test. On days I didn’t pass, my mood instantly changed to anger, frustration and fear.
Then I was introduced to a new way to run from my struggles: Drinking. Soon I allowed myself to switch my obsessive behaviors from food to alcohol. My life became completely out of control.
It was the constant 24/7 obsession that got me to acknowledge that I was powerless over alcohol and needed help. Nothing else mattered anymore and from morning until night I obsessed over one thing: My next high. As much as I needed it, I knew it would never be enough to make me feel better. I needed to silence the obsessive thoughts in my head, one way or another.
On July 3, 2014 I committed myself to rehab, where I spent the next 4 weeks. I had to learn new skills and ways to cope with life that were healthier and more productive. There were many tears that first year. I missed drinking, felt sorry for myself, and healthier habits were still new and uncomfortable.
Through God, AA and working the steps, everything slowly started to change. I learned to accept myself, took on a growth mindset and looked for ways to learn and live my passion and purpose. I never truly realized I had a purpose until then.
As the obsession to drink quieted over time , my focus returned to food but I wanted to look at it differently. I didn’t want to see it as good or bad but how it could help my energy and health while fueling my passion. I wanted to be more kind to the body I had treated poorly for so long.
Just as I had to learn new ways to cope with non-drinking (cooking being one of them), I had to create new healthy habits for eating. I needed to remove “triggers” which are highly palatable foods that could cause me to binge. I needed to expand my world to new flavors, textures and tastes. I needed to let go of the control food had on me and create new experiences where I was in the driver’s seat
What I Promise for You
These are the experiences I want to share with you. Some of them may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar but I’ll walk you through them. I steer clear of foods that cause binging and cook whole foods so you can slow down and enjoy your food.
In addition to recipes, I’ll share cooking tips which will be especially helpful if you’re learning new ways to eat.
Finally I’ll share what has helped me change old, deeply ingrained. self-destructive behaviors. There’s not a doubt in my mind that anyone can change and I’d love to help you get there.
If you have any questions or want to celebrate your new success in the kitchen I’d love to hear from you. You can email me, or reach out to me on Instagram or Facebook. I can’t wait to get to know you!