I’m Carrie and I’m so happy you are here.
I used to joke that I’m the former World Champion of Hating to Eat Vegetables, so my blog is essentially about learning how to eat healthy one bite at a time. It has not been an easy process, to say the least.
I’ve had quite the health journey, having been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and then thyroid cancer in the recent past. I underwent surgery to remove my thyroid and the tumor; living without a thyroid has had its own challenges. I’ve had a lot of metabolic struggles, too, with both eating disorders and PCOS, not to mention chronic migraines, allergies, hives, and anxiety.
I followed a 100% plant-based approach for 3 1/2 years before I ultimately decided that such a strict diet was not supportive to my mental or physical health (you can read more about the specifics of what happened here). You may also like this post on “Lessons Learned from a Former Vegan“).
I still have to respect my ongoing food sensitivities so I pretty much eat lots of fruits and vegetables with “clean” sources of animal protein, without consuming dairy or gluten. I include some grains and legumes when my health tolerates them. I most recently have re-introduced more potatoes and other starches into my diet that have helped tremendously with my sleep quality. I’m even experimenting with soy again to see how it affects my hormones.
My professional background is in non-profit healthcare fundraising and product marketing. I have masters degrees in business administration from the University of Southern California and in public health (nutrition) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
My intention is to inspire, inform, and connect with like-minded folks who are interested in finding health and balance. I love sharing recipes using ingredients that I find supportive to my health, and I encourage you to explore and figure which foods and practices help you meet your goals.
I love to connect with readers! Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you have questions: carrieATcarrieonlivingDOTcom.