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In A Nutshell…

. Amanda .

. 26 . Polish-Canadian .

. quirky . passionate . shy . big kid at heart .

. sunrise watching . oatmeal loving . coffee addict .

. runner . writer . cook . dreamer .

A Little More Personal…

Hi there!

Let me just start by welcoming you to my little corner of the web πŸ™‚ I’m really glad that you stopped by, and I hope you decide to stay for a while. And now, without further ado…

My name is Amanda.

And I… like broccoli apparently (I do). Although I usually act like I’m about 12, I’m actually a 26 year-old, college graduate (BA inΒ psychology/philosophy), with a passion for healthy living and good food.

Me and food go way back, but our relationship has been far from perfect.

It started out well, as it usually does. My mom introduced me to wholesome food when I was just a wee little thing and my relationship with food began with home-cooked meals and healthy treats. I was faithful, for the most part, but for years I secretly lusted after the colorful and chemical-laden “foods” that I saw others eating; the fact that they were forbidden only made them even more appealing.

It should come as no surprise, then, that I dove into that forbidden world the first chance I got.

As I moved away from my loving mother’s watchful gaze, I broke off the solid relationship I had with real food, and Mac & Cheese and McDonald’s became the new loves of my life. Oh, and candy; lots and lots of candy. This rebellious affair lasted for the majority of my teenage years (hey, we’re all allowed to be young and stupid), and although it wasn’t exactly a healthy relationship, it wasn’t altogether bad either. Being blessed with a speedy metabolism and leading an active lifestyle meant I never had to deal with any negative consequences of my choices… at least none that I could physically see, anyways. But eventually, the novelty wore off, and I got older and wiser. Sort of…

For reasons I still can’t quite figure out, I began developing more of an interest in my health.

This led me to spend less time with junk food, and more time with real food (who, thankfully, took me back despite my unfaithfulness). All was good in the world again! Me and real food were reunited and everything was great. That is, until I started spending less time with real food as well…Β Eventually, I broke it off with all food in general, and led the single life for several years. Sure,Β I would have the occasional fling with food, but it was always meaningless and never enjoyed. To fill the empty void that arose as a result, I turned to exercise for comfort – craving more and more of it as time went on. That relationship became abusive, and left me broken and battered. Dark times, indeed.

But enough about that… those days are long gone.

After spending several years battling an eating disorder that very nearly cost me my life, I’ve finally reached a place where I can say that I’m healthy in both mind and body, and I really hope to show others that it’s possible to overcome something that at times may feel impossible, and come out a stronger and happier person; one that has a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their body ❀

If you’re interested in reading about how I overcame some of my struggles to get to where I am today, you can check out my old blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

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45 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 10:49 am

    Beautifully expressed.

  2. May 11, 2011 5:44 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚

  3. May 11, 2011 8:19 pm

    you are absolutely gorgeous, thank you for your lovely lovely comments on my blog!!! πŸ™‚ ❀ i love yours!

  4. May 12, 2011 3:19 pm

    Wow are so pretty! Love your blog πŸ™‚

  5. May 13, 2011 7:32 pm

    You are so pretty ! Please continue to share nice picture of your food !
    Love your blog too πŸ™‚

  6. May 14, 2011 7:31 am

    Loving the pictures! Congratulations on overcoming the eating disorder and feeling more healthy! So inspiring πŸ™‚

  7. eva626 permalink
    May 14, 2011 9:47 am

    hey cool..i act like im twelve also!!! lol

  8. May 15, 2011 7:19 am

    SO glad to see you back to blogging!

  9. May 15, 2011 3:52 pm

    Oh my god I’m so glad I found your blog! I actually used to read your old blog all the time and it helped me so much in recovering from my eating disorder. Can’t wait to start reading your posts again πŸ™‚

  10. May 17, 2011 12:00 pm

    I just stalked your blog and I love it! I’m glad I found you and can’t wait to read more!

  11. Alexandra permalink
    May 17, 2011 7:07 pm

    Ijust found out about your blog through Mind Running Wild and I’m so glad I did! I can really relate to your recovery story. Good stuff πŸ™‚ You’re so honest with yourself, and not to mention gorgeous πŸ˜€
    Your posts are so inspirational and I look forward to reading more!

  12. elleeatsvegan permalink
    May 19, 2011 8:31 pm

    You are gorgeous! I really like the way you wrote this. I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  13. May 21, 2011 7:45 pm

    amandaaa im so happy i randomly clicked on seek, i had removed it recently (bad, jen, baddd!) but i kept your bloggie on my blogroll for so so so long, just hoping you’d come back πŸ™‚ and you have!your other blog was such an inspiration and filled with gorgeous photos (mostly of breakfast aka love) and i felt like i could relate to you a lot. im so excited to read this blog and i’m happy you’re doing well. xoxox

  14. May 26, 2011 1:58 pm

    I LOVE THIS GIRL ❀

  15. May 27, 2011 5:33 pm

    Absolutley love your style or writing and your enthusiasm/passion that shines through. Looking forward to following your posts πŸ™‚

  16. May 28, 2011 5:56 pm

    Hi, Amanda! I recently found your wordpress through another blog that I follow and I just want to say that I relate so much to you and the things you post.

    xx
    Heather

  17. ChellBellz permalink
    June 2, 2011 5:00 pm

    You’re so pretty! I’m glad I found this blog!

  18. Holly permalink
    June 5, 2011 5:19 pm

    I just found your blog and it’s added to my google reader! I really am inspired by your posts and your mindset – you have the perfect blog ‘mindset’ shall I say for those who are recovered/recovering/struggling with ED – as well as those who are not.

    Thank you for a blog that is a breath of fresh air in the midst of so many ‘healthy living’ and ‘recovery’blogs that can be so triggering.

  19. June 9, 2011 10:48 am

    just found your blog! (:
    love it!

    check out myn at

    http://www.pureglowsixteen.blogspot.com

  20. Jenna permalink
    June 10, 2011 8:57 pm

    Great blog!!

  21. vivoir permalink
    June 17, 2011 3:48 pm

    i’ve just found your blog, and your old one. it’s cheeky, but would you be able to comment on my posts on my blog from time-to-time?

    i’d really value the opinions of somebody so… honest? experienced in trial-and-error in pushing perceived limits? i don’t state if i’m trying something ‘new’ or if i’m pushing out of a comfort zone of some kind… but if i’m drawing attention to something, it’s often exactly that

    you’re doing an incredible thing by sharing your observations, experiences and life

  22. June 19, 2011 8:50 pm

    Just found your blog! Love your story and writing style…can’t wait to continue reading πŸ™‚

  23. June 22, 2011 10:03 am

    Amanda! I was going through old comments on my blog, and found your new one. So glad to see you’re back into blogging again…going to add you to my reader. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re doing well, friend.

  24. June 24, 2011 2:53 pm

    i’m in this battle too, and it gives me so much hope and reassurance to see others who have come through it and developed good relationships with food and health and themselves.

  25. June 28, 2011 4:55 pm

    just found your blog!! love it so far!

  26. Jenn permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:23 am

    hello, just stumbled upon your blog and i’m really inspired by your passion for living a healthy life. I have struggled with an ED for the better part of 10-years now; anorexia turned into exercise addict and back again. I’m going to grad school this fall for nursing and am trying really hard to get my life and health back. I’m really encouraged by reading your blog and I hope to learn more about how you got to where you are now.
    thanks for sharing!
    Jenn

  27. Scarlett permalink
    July 2, 2011 12:52 pm

    I read through most of your old blog and really enjoyed the honesty of your story. I’ve lived with anorexia and bulimia for over 10 years and often think recovery is impossible for me, but you demonstrate it can happen. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  28. July 5, 2011 7:15 pm

    oh my gosh! i had no idea you started a new blog! i am SO glad to have come across here! i remember flipping through google reader a few months ago and praying for you the mornings it came up empty,,,

    i guess i have a lot of posts to work through!!!
    love you big
    – Rebekah (from my old blog, clarity in creation.)

  29. July 20, 2011 12:40 pm

    Hi!

    I just found your blog, and like so many of the other commenters, I can totally relate to your inspiring story. I’m so glad you found your way to a healthy relationship with food – can’t wait to follow more of your posts!

  30. August 23, 2011 2:21 pm

    So happy I found your blog recently: I lure it! πŸ™‚ You’re too cute and we seem to have similar tastes in food and exercise. Always a bonus to find people like that!
    xx

  31. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 27, 2011 5:42 pm

    What a compelling “about” page– I knew bits and pieces about your story but never read through the whole thing in its entirety until now. You are SUCH an inspiration, Amanda, and I’m so thankful to be one of your readers ❀

  32. September 4, 2011 5:37 am

    you’ve got an amazing talent for writing. Your words and story are refreshing. Thank you.

  33. September 8, 2011 9:39 am

    I love your blog! πŸ™‚

  34. September 9, 2011 9:08 am

    Hey!! Just wanted to let you know that I have just discovered your blog and I am definitely staying πŸ™‚

  35. September 12, 2011 1:11 pm

    Just found your blog today =) excited to stalk you! lol
    -Christina ❀

  36. September 20, 2011 3:17 am

    reading this was like reading poetry! you’ve earned yourself a new blog reader! hi! i’m an ex-bulimic (suffered for 11 years, recovered by 1 year, 2 months, and 16 days). it’s a pleasure to meet you! πŸ™‚ ~ nicole, http://www.nicoleandgwendolyn.com

  37. kabochafashionista permalink
    October 29, 2011 9:39 am

    Hey sweetie, I hope you’re move went okay and you’re settling in well. We’re missing you here in the blogging world but I know real life is way more important πŸ™‚ Thinking of you lovie, keep in touch xxx

  38. November 14, 2011 1:30 pm

    I’m a little bummed. I just came across your blog and looks like you haven’t posted for over two months. I enjoyed your meal ideas. Come back!

  39. Justine Duppong permalink
    November 21, 2011 1:35 pm

    Glad I found your blog! Thanks for sharing your history. I’m also recovered from an eating disorder, and now also passionate about fitness (That’s what my blog is about, along with relationships and emotional management tips). I’m also in the process of completing a book with recovery insight from nearly 100 people in recovery from across the nation.

    Would love it if you’d stop by and say hi!

  40. Mei Causey permalink
    March 24, 2012 1:21 pm

    I’m developing a site site and I was thinking of switching the template.Yours looks pretty decent! You could visit my site and tell me your viewpoint!

  41. Carl permalink
    June 18, 2012 3:35 pm

    Wow I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time and I can’t believe that you captured all these images yourself! Shooting food and making it look appetizing is a skill – lighting composition and subject matter if you have one of them you have a good picture, if you have all of the above you have a great picture. You have it all! Now I’ll go back and actually read your blog – Keep up the great photography!!

  42. Nikki permalink
    August 30, 2012 1:06 pm

    We share pretty much the same story. But mainly I have to say, you’re gorgeous, your blog is so pleasant looking and keep up the spirit πŸ™‚

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