Hi my name is Mandi and for long as I can remember I’ve been interested in healthy eating, cooking and living a healthy lifestyle.
I’m not always a perfect eater (who is?) but have been consistently maintaining a healthy weight for 6 years. I am now learning to stop worrying about what I weigh and have fun with fitness and exercising. I used to be a calorie counter but am moving towards focusing on eating real food and not worrying about calories as much.
I have a full-time job so I meal prep and bring my lunches to work and eat pre-prepped dinners in the evenings. I started this blog to inspire others who have budgets, time constraints and/or also work full time. I like to make recipes that have minimal ingredients, don’t take too long, and are straightforward to cook.
Follow my healthy living journey. I’ll be sharing recipes and also some tips and inspiration for living healthy while working.
My healthy living philosophy
- Eat real food. 100% of the time, making a choice to eat real food is better than the low-calorie, low-fat, low-whatever version. Just eat the real thing.
- No deprivation. I don’t like to forgo treats during special occasions. I enjoy dark chocolate in the evenings. And I like to be able to enjoy eating at restaurants with friends and family when it’s worth it. I just balance treats with lots of healthy meals and exercise.
- Be skeptical of labels. “All natural, vegan, paleo, refined sugar-free, multigrain, organic”. These are all labels that food companies put on packaging to make you think it’s healthier. Just because you can buy it at Whole Foods doesn’t mean you should be eating/using it. You should make critical decisions for yourself based on the ingredients and practises of the company. I’m particularly skeptical of green washing.
- Healthy doesn’t mean perfect. I try to exercise 5 days a week, but if I only get in 3 days, or even 1 day I don’t worry because I just aim to improve the next week. Same with food. If I have a day where I don’t feel great about what I ate, I just aim to eat healthier the next day. It all evens out over time, and keeping healthy habits is better than trying to be 100% perfect all of the time. Because eventually it will fail and you may end up giving up on your healthy life style. Or you will give yourself too much stress.