Welcome to my blog, I’m so glad to meet you. If you’ve made it to this page, it’s probably safe to say you’re a tad curious about who I really am behind the blog and how I got here, so let me tell you a bit more about me and my story of health, good and bad.
My name is Cassandra and I am a beach loving, California native, who has been living in London, England for the last decade. I am recently a new mom, I’m wife to a wonderful husband, and I have a serious
obsession passion for cooking, nutrition, and living an all-around healthier life.
Unfortunately, this healthier way of living wasn’t always my thing. In fact, the reality of it is, most of my life I have been overweight and currently, I still am.
Growing up, I never put too much thought into nourishing my body because I lived the typical American lifestyle I was taught, SAD diet included. It’s hard to understand what you’re doing is not good for you if you’ve never been told or shown otherwise.
When I moved to London at 18, I was young and excited to be living on my own, but I still had those ideals of eating processed junk and treating my body badly planted firmly in my psyche. Even though technically I had the opportunity to start making my own food choices, free from any influence other than my own, I found it even harder to eat good food. On top of that, the drive to do well at university, make new friends and fit into a country that wasn’t my own meant I never slowed down and regularly neglected my body and my health suffered for it.
After a number of bad relationships, the stress of school, isolation from my family back home and my struggle to make new friends in the UK, everything began to wear on me and with time, I became severely obese, always tired and dealt with depression and cycling mood swings. I was a hot mess to say the least.
Eventually, I’d had enough and about 6 years ago I began studying nutrition and the basics of a healthy lifestyle. Slowly, the pieces all started to fit together and for the first time in my life, I began to understand the effect my diet was playing on my overall health. However, putting the knowledge I was gaining into practice wasn’t easy due to deep-seated mindsets I had about food and the changes I made never stuck for long. Sadly, because I never dealt with the mindsets and emotions that went with the eating, I always reverted back to my old, unhealthy habits. This pattern of change and defeat went on for years.
The straw that broke the proverbial camels back, so to speak, and ended up being the shift I had been waiting for, came not long after having my son in the beginning of 2014. About 9 months after having him, my health took a turn for the worst and after numerous tests and doctors appointments telling me nothing was wrong, I was finally diagnosed with autoimmune subclinical hypothyroidism. My body had finally turned on itself and my condition left me constantly tired, unable to function both physically and cognitively and officially the unhealthiest I’d ever been.
Something had to change and I soon realized the importance of being a healthier mom to my son. I also wanted to instill a love of healthy food and habits in him from a young age, so he didn’t end up with the same health concerns as me. So it was here that my true health journey began, the one I am still on to this day. It’s a journey that has often been difficult, trying to juggle a constantly busy family life and manage symptoms that often leave my energy levels impaired, but it’s been worth every hurdle I’ve had to jump to make myself and my family healthier and happier. Because of the changes I’ve made in the way I eat and take care of myself, I’ve managed to lose 75+ lbs in the last year or so and have even put my condition in remission (a spontaneous curing as they like to call it), meaning I am no longer on medication for it and am able to manage my symptoms through food and supplementation.
I know my journey is far from over, but every day is a step closer to my end goal. I created this blog to allow me the opportunity to document and share my story of health, both good and bad, in hopes of inspiring others who are going through similar struggles. Plus I needed an outlet for that
obsession passion of mine as well, so my goal is to provide you with the latest health information and yummy recipes to cook for your family and friends. Ideally, I want this to become a vast pool of knowledge for us on how to overcome the day to day challenges the fast paces and toxicity modern living can pose on us physically, mentally and even emotionally, as well as provide ways to reconnect with your family and your health. I hope you find something here in my story or on my blog that can help you on your way to a healthier you.