I lacked energy and focus, my body was stiff, and I found myself mindlessly eating in front of my computer all. day. long. Sound familiar?
I survived despite my unhealthy habits during college and law school because I set my own schedule each day around class and internships, I wasn’t commuting far, and I had built in breaks– fall break, Thanksgiving break, winter break, Spring break, SUMMER, etc. I could go hard and then crash, and crash I did.
When I started working full time, something had to change. I couldn’t and, more importantly, didn’t want to feel depleted all the time (especially because I no longer had those built in breaks to recharge). I declared to my husband that I was going to prioritize my health and set a healthy tone for my career. Little did we know this decision would change my life.
I put my strong research skills to work and dug deep into the world of nutrition and wellness. A few months and a zillion cookbooks later, I was planning my meals, meal prepping, working out in the morning, hitting my daily step goal, and feeling better. When my colleagues started coming to me for nutrition advice, I couldn’t deny that this was my true passion. I took the leap, left the legal profession, and returned to school to become registered dietitian.
I loved being back in school, learning the science of nutrition and the psychology of eating and decision making. Throughout all my training, I was most fascinated by the disconnect between knowledge and action.
Personally (and for most of my clients!), the more takeout or packaged foods I eat, the worse I feel. Despite knowing how different foods make me feel, I still wasn’t motivated to consistently eat in the way that makes me feel my best.
I'm not alone. We’re bombarded with over 200 decisions about food every single day. Maybe you can avoid the cupcake in the break room and candy at checkout, however by the 200th decision of the day, it’s hard (virtually impossible, actually) to keep saying “no.” Constantly refusing the tempting foods around us and the ever present messages to consume is tiresome regardless of all the science that says we shouldn’t eat this and shouldn’t eat that! When you're exhausted, super busy, having a tough day, or having a great day, convenient, packaged foods often win.
It wasn’t until I adopted a healthy, low waste lifestyle and tapped into my environmentally conscious self that I successfully bridged the gap between knowledge and action. As my garbage emptied, my fridge filled with real, whole foods and I felt free and empowered around food. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
This is what Abby’s Food Court is all about. My mission is to make a healthy, low waste life approachable, doable and FUN for the sake of our health AND the planet’s. And, spoiler alert, the diet best for our health is ALSO the best one for the planet’s. How convenient is that!
There’s such freedom when we stop focusing only on the food and start thinking about the effect all our choices– from the foods we eat to the products we buy and use– have on our health and the planet. (Don’t worry, I’ll still discuss nutrition A LOT. I am a dietitian after all!).
It’s my pleasure and passion to break down healthy, low waste living into easy steps for YOU so you can kickstart your wellness journey! I shape my content based upon your comments and questions and based upon my personal experience and my experience with my private clients. No matter where you are in your journey, I’m here to help you upgrade your life through proper nutrition and sustainable practices.
Are you ready to eat like our health and the health of the planet depend on it? Great! Because they do and I’m here for you every step of the way.