Hi, thanks for visiting Fruits & Nuts! I’m Ashley, a 20 year old who loves eating healthy & exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I haven’t always been this way so here is a little recap of my “journey”:
As a kid, I basically ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. This meant nothing was off-limits. I had cookies with milk for breakfast and junk food all afternoon. My nickname as a kid was “lucy candy” because I was extremely picky and had a huge sweet tooth. The only foods I would pretty much eat for meals were grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and/or pizza. Even though I ate a lot of bad foods, I managed to stay pretty thin as a child due to my metabolism. It wasn’t until high school when I started getting overweight.
In high school I wasn’t active. I thought I hated all physical activities (but later found out I just didn’t like competitive sports) and would spend most of my days in front of the TV or the computer. I was still a picky eater and fast food became even more prevalent in my diet. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked or felt and always wanted to lose weight, but I was too embarrassed to ever do something about it because I didn’t want to tell people I was unhappy with myself. Sophomore year I joined a gym but didn’t tell any of my friends and didn’t lose any weight because I didn’t go often enough or change my eating habits at all. By junior and senior year I had given up and gained even more weight.
The summer after I graduated high school I went to my cousin’s wedding. Afterwords, I saw pictures of myself and realized that I really needed to do something about my weight. I made it my goal when I started community college that August (2006) to lose weight and get healthy. I mostly focused on the getting healthy aspect because I did not want to be at risk for all the problems and diseases that can come with being overweight. I signed up for yoga and aerobics though my college which held me accountable for going since it was for a grade. I slowly added more exercise into my days and actually started to enjoy it.
I also added more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into my diet. I slowly cut back on the processed junk foods I was eating like cookies and tried to choose healthier options (even though they still weren’t the best choices) like reduced-fat pringles, triscuits, and 100 calorie packs. My taste buds started changing the more I ate whole foods and I started craving sugar and junk foods less. I reached for apples and carrots as snacks instead of Doritos. I also started expanding my food options and trying new, healthy foods. Now, I love things I thought I would never enjoy such as salad, sweet potatoes, and salmon.
Over the course of about 2.5 years I lost a little over 60 pounds and have maintained my weight for 6 months now. I grew a passion for exercise and nutrition that I never knew I had and I am hooked! I am even going to study nutrition to become a registered dietitian in the spring. I feel so much better now that I am healthy and active and I want to help others out in the future.
I started this blog because I have been reading so many great food blogs for many months and really love the supportive and healthy community. I had a food blog over the summer called “On the Move Again”, but deleted it because I got busy with a move from North Carolina to California. Now I am back in California (aka the land of fruits and nuts :-)) and starting a new blog! Enjoy!