Hi! And welcome! My name is Brittany. I am the certified holistic nutritionist, photographer and music junkie behind realfoodrocker. My goal is to be a source of information, support + inspiration to anyone who may find themselves here on my little spec of the inter-web.
Only in the last few years have I really begun to get a grip on a healthier lifestyle. I have a long, silent history of psychological issues with food and body image. I was embarrassed to participate in gymnastics and swim class during elementary school because of the dress requirements. I drank slim fast in middle school, skipped meals in high school, took prescription diet pills and binged as a young adult. Only after becoming a mother, and struggling with personal health concerns, did I start to believe in and respect the value of nutrition.
Through education and experience, I am now a firm believer that the foods we eat have the power to either help us or harm us. I believe in trying to eat as many fresh, local, real foods as possible and avoiding the chemicals, additives and mystery ingredients found in processed foods. That doesn’t mean that you won’t find me in a local brewery with a slice of pizza in one hand and a hard cider in the other, because you will. I give you, Exhibit A…
See? Because I no longer believe in perfection and putting labels or harsh restrictions on my diet. I have eaten anything and everything with no exercise which made me feel sluggish, depressed and sick. I have also obsessed over workouts and portion control which made me aesthetically pleased with myself but not mentally strong. I wanted to find the land of in between where I could be happy and healthy. I started to question whether that even existed as I kept bouncing back and forth between these two extremes. But I was tired of feeling like a failure for missing a workout or eating outside of my daily calorie intake. I didn’t want to only be able to eat at certain times of the day or only eat certain foods. I didn’t want to live the rest of my life relying on shakes or supplements and in fear of foods that simply bring me joy. There had to be another way. I wanted out of the war. So I began to study more about the holistic relationship between the human body and diet and what is needed to function at optimal levels. Then, I embarked on a journey to find a balance that works for me, my body and my life. And that journey is ongoing.
I haven’t found all of the answers but I have found that real food is greater than calories or carbs and that I am happiest when I am eating mostly plants, with high quality meats and treats sprinkled into the mix. Some days I feel like eating all the kale and berries and others I want a steak and beer. And that’s OKAY! Food should be nourishing and serve a purpose but sometimes you just have to enjoy yourself and live your life. Otherwise, what’s the point? And trust me, I don’t always get it right.
It hasn’t been the smoothest transition to get to the point of accepting that my version of wellness doesn’t have to be the same as someone else’s. And neither does yours. Nutrition and wellness is very individual.. We are all unique entities. What works for one won’t work for all and we shouldn’t expect it to. However, there is no doubt that we can all benefit from eating more real foods and enjoying more movement. My wish is that you find a way to incorporate those things in a way that works and feels good to you.
So please, stick around, find something that serves you, and continue to check in once in a while.
I hope we talk soon!
Eat well and rock on.