About Ali

A Little Bit About Me

By day I .. love my husband .. sit in coffee shops writing essays for my blog .. study holistic nutrition .. laugh with friends .. coach others along their journey to live a better life .. design websites .. am a fitness instructor .. say another prayer .. cook dinner .. battle imperfections .. make it through another workout .. play with our 3 puppies + 4 kitties .. and try my best to avoid cookies

By night I have a career in IT .. working from home for corporate America.  My office light stays on until the wee hours of the morning

Three years have passed .. since I gave myself permission .. to design a life that I truly love.  It's by far the bravest .. and single most important decision I've ever made.  To read more .. here

Stories from my life are woven throughout the posts .. though there are certainly some favorites that tell a lot about who I am .. here


Food Philosophy

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A few thoughts about the recipes and writing found throughout the site.

Much of my writing is in the space of exercise .. nutrition .. and healthy living.   Certainly the intent isn't to offer opinions of right or wrong .. instead food for thought .. and the acknowledgement that life is far from being an exact science.   What works for one person .. may not work for another

My approach to food and cooking is probably best described as healthy .. natural .. and balanced.  Therefore .. you'll find recipes centered around vegetables .. lean meat .. good fats .. natural sweeteners .. fruits .. whole grains .. legumes .. seeds .. and nuts.

While there are many eating plans that are popular in today's world .. at our house .. every day and at every meal .. we've chosen a simple focus instead.   A diet that's as varied as possible .. filled with whole foods rather than those that are processed.  We buy use good-quality produce .. organic when possible .. and nothing that has been genetically modified.

Our kitchen cupboards contain a wide variety of whole grain flours .. dried fruits .. seeds .. and super foods.  In the fridge are seasonal veggies from our CSA (or store-bought in the wintertime .. organic when it's not too expensive).  There are jars filled with flavorful sauces .. spreads .. and nut butters.  Lots of flavored goat cheese .. a couple versions of plant milk .. and a few bottles of bubbly.

Some of the site's recipes are vegan .. vegetarian .. or paleo .. though we don't espouse to a specific way of eating.   Many of the recipes are also gluten-free .. though sometimes I love to bake with spelt .. whole wheat .. or other whole grains.  It's nice to feel strengthened and energized after a meal .. rather than heavy and bloated.

For me .. success doesn't come from forbidding myself.  Instead by striving for balance .. and listening to my body.  Treats .. there are certainly treats.  After all .. what would a birthday be without my Mom's rice pudding?  Or the state fair without a gyro and a mini-doughnut or two?  A game of pool without a handful of nuts and a frosty-mugged beer?

Inspiration for our meals come from lots of different sources .. friends .. family .. my gym .. and favorite blogs.  Though I've found I'm most creative when the time is of the essence .. and the outstaning question is simply

“What's for dinner tonight?”


Thank-you for reading

Blueberry Cheesecake 1-600xFor those of you who take a few minutes out of your day .. to stop by the site and catch up .. I offer the sincerest of thank-yous.

Thank-you too .. for the stories you've sent about recipes you've enjoyed.

It makes me smile many times over to hear of making whole wheat greek yogurt pancakes in the mornings with your kids .. slow-cooker veggie lasagna for special diner parties .. or whole wheat chocolate chip cookies .. just because

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