I currently live in San Francisco, where I was born and raised. I didn't realize that was "unusual" until almost everyone I met when I moved back after college was from out of town and thought I was a rare breed.
I essentially grew up on a soccer field, playing from the age of four all the way through college, so remaining physically active after college was always very important to me. My health is never something I've taken for granted, as I’ve had a handful of health issues throughout my life, including a few recently discovered food intolerances. I'm still working on finding the right balance of workouts and foods that are best for my body, and, while every body is different, it's one of the things I'm excited to share with you.
That leads me to food. My fondest memories from my childhood always revolved around food, whether it was rolling lumpia with my grandma or baking cookies with my mom. I grew up watching the Food Network (30-Minute Meals, anyone?) and Ina Garten is my idol. I love trying new cuisines and exploring new restaurants, but I also love cooking homemade meals. It wasn’t until a year ago that I realized that my idea of “healthy eating” was completely off. With new food trends and fad diets constantly changing, I found it very difficult to focus on what MY body needs and processes best. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with the Whole30 and paleo diets and working on listening to my body and mind, and I hope to help guide any of you who may be going through the same.