Hi! Welcome to my site about learning how to eat real, whole foods…and enjoying it! My name is LeAnn and I’m a stay at home mom of three kids living in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My daughter is eight years old and I have twin boys who are six. In December 2012, my husband and I decided to step-up our exercise routine and get in better shape. I was tired of not feeling like “me” ever since I had my twins almost two years earlier. As we were getting in better physical shape, I came across the website 100 Days of Real Food and it changed my entire perspective on food. I was completely fascinated by everything I was reading. I’m a smart, college-educated woman…and this was the first time these artificial ingredients were really being brought to my attention. I immediately started reading labels on the foods we regularly consumed and quickly realized that we needed to change the way we approached eating. The more books and blogs I read and the more documentaries we watched, the more I realized that a “real foods” approach to eating was something we absolutely must do. I was hooked. We started to make changes immediately and I haven’t looked back since!
As I started explaining to friends and family what we were doing, so many of them had questions about what we would eat, what we were avoiding, and why we were doing this. That is how this blog came to exist! I’m having so much fun trying out new recipes for my family, as well as sharing the feedback they give me. This blog has become a great motivator for me to try foods that I never considered before. I also enjoy passing along pertinent information I find about WHY this is a better approach to eating.
My family has become excellent taste testers (and has also quickly adjusted to me taking pictures of practically everything we eat!). My kids don’t always try what I make, but I’m glad I’m exposing them to new foods on a regular basis. My hope is that they’ll be adventurous, healthy eaters when they grow up. As of now, I mainly stick to our real food “rules” when we’re home. When we go to someone else’s house or go out to dinner, we eat what is served (or on the menu). I find that this is a nice break from the normal routine and we all enjoy it. (I will admit, though, when I eat processed, sugary foods these days…I don’t feel too great afterwards. I’m still learning that it’s not always worth it!) My kids have adapted to all of these changes at home extremely quickly and I don’t think they’re “missing out” in any way without processed foods around the house. In fact, I’m pretty sure I make more fun foods and treats for them now than I ever did before! Do I spend more time in the kitchen? Yes. However, it’s something I truly enjoy doing and I love feeding my kids real, nutritious meals on a daily basis.
I’m also a runner (and have been since I was twelve years old). I’ve run every distance up to a full marathon in college and have completed four half marathons (with a PR of 1:42.17 in the Fall of 2013). My husband and I both put a high importance on being physically fit and active. Since I’ve started this journey, I’ve lost 10 pounds and now feel that I’m at my ideal weight. In fact, I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that I’m in my best shape ever…and it feels great!
Because of my success with P90X and then the 21 Day Fix Extreme program, I’ve since become an Independent Team Beachbody coach! I can continue to be a ‘stay at home’ mom, but now I also provide additional income for our family! It’s so rewarding helping people reach their health and fitness goals! If you’d like to join a future health & fitness accountability group of mine…or join my growing team of coaches, please reach out to me! I’d love to talk more about it! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, most recently, I decided to take my love of fitness to the next level and become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer!! I took the exam in February 2017 and passed! This has been a life long goal of mine and it feels so good to accomplish it.
Eating real foods and eliminating processed foods isn’t as hard as it might initially seem. I am so glad we made these changes and I hope I can inspire others to make small (or big!) changes as well!
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