I am a born and raised CT gal that has a huge passion for all things nutrition! I strive to create fun delicious meals from foods that we are mechanically built to eat – whole and natural. Apart from my passion for educating others on the art of creating a meal, I am a big beach bum and have a bright yellow 4 door wrangler to prove it! I go by three different names: Catherine, Katie and Kiki. Most importantly, my friends and family are my life!
Here’s a little info to how I got started with the clean eating…..
In January 2012 I was introduced to the Whole30 program through my local CrossFit gym. The gym held a 30 day Nutrition Challenge which I decided to try. I’ve always been very big into fitness and eating healthy but this challenge opened my eyes to a whole new meaning of ‘eating healthy’. Day 1 of the challenge we had to take a body fat analysis which populated your body fat % and your body measurements. Within the 30 days, I had to give up all grains, dairy, soy products, legumes and alcohol. At first, I was unsure if I could do this. I used to be a cheese addict (and deep down I still am..), I love bread and grew up in a household where food was and still is a big part of who my family is. But, I am always up for a challenge when it comes to fitness so I decided to give it a shot. I’m not going to lie, the first two weeks were a tough 14 days. Food is a drug, you have to train your body that you don’t need certain foods that you are used to eating on a daily basis. So I had to train my body that I didn’t need my morning cereal, the sandwich at lunch, the cheese on almost everything & the bite of chocolate after dinner. I almost gave up 1/2 way through thinking to myself that I was crazy and this challenge was crazy but I figured what is another 2 weeks, I already got myself that far so I stuck with it. When the 30 days was over, we evaluated our body fat analysis again in which we compared Day 1 to Day 30. When I received my results, my mouth literally dropped and I thought there was some mistake or a typo on the machine….I had lost a total of 11% body fat within the 30 days (Note: I was weight training at CrossFit 3 days a week and 2 days cardio). In that moment, I knew this challenge had changed me. The saying you are what you eat is very true. Not only did I lose body fat but I also felt full of energy, I slept great and my skin cleared. After the challenge I decided to just continue on the journey of eating clean. However, I am a big foodie so I needed to start getting creative with my meals for my own sanity. So I’ve taught myself that you can eat amazing delicious meals that are made from whole and natural foods! It’s amazing what a few simple ingredients can create! 🙂
As I blog I hope people will try my meals and enjoy them just as much as I do!! The experience made me appreciate natural foods and I hope I can help give the same influence on others!
Happy eating and enjoy!! xo
Diehl Nutrition, LLC