Hello Fellow Foodies!
Thank you for visiting Hunters Healthy Kitchen. This blog was originally created as a space for me to document my healthy culinary creations but has turned into far more. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and believe everything in moderation.
I am in my early 20’s and grew up in Westchester New York, 45 minutes from Manhattan.
Now I dream of eating gourmet dinners and drinking good coffee.
As a young girl I was exposed to fine foods, my Grandma’s cooking, Mom’s love of food & fitness, and restaurants. I also had the pleasure of living in Napa Valley, CA for 2 years where my love of food only grew. The food in Napa is truly unbelievable. This is partly because many of the restaurant chefs come from the Culinary Institute which is located in St. Helena, a great place to visit and try some food. Napa is all about fresh and local food, often farm to table, that is meant to inspire people. This is where I learned to love what food has to offer.
Eating healthy was not always an easy task for me. As a child I was overweight and spent much of my days over eating as well as snacking on sweets. Although my mother was a life coach in New York City who helped people lose weight through hypnosis she never pressured me to diet or told me that I was overweight. Eventually my habits began to change and I learned the word moderation, and as I grew the weight came off. I still have a sweet tooth (thank Dad) but now understand there needs to be balance.
This does not mean you won’t find butter, sugar, flour etc. in my recipes. Because, you will. However, when possible I do my best to cut down on the butter and substitute sugar for natural options such as honey or agave nectar. I do not believe in low-fat or processed versions of the real thing – have butter not margarine, which can be loaded with preservatives.
So, what is moderation?
There has to be a middle ground between eating healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy grains) and enjoying what life has to offer. If you deprive yourself of these pleasures (sweets, pastas, bread) then you may overeat and indulge too much when the time comes. If you need to have dessert every night then learn to have a smaller portion. If you know you are going to have indulge at dinner because it is a special occasion then make sure you get to the gym that day. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
Facts About Me
- I love cookies.
- Spinning and hot yoga make me happy.
- I cook with my boyfriend, Ryan.
- We love to hike and the beach.
- I worked as a Curves Coach for 2 years in college.
- Sometimes I struggle with moderation. (See #1)
- Farmers Markets make me smile.
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