Hi! I’m Lauren Zietsman, a 20-something physical therapy student in Long Island, and I planned on starting a food blog for a long time before I finally worked up the guts.
My history with food: I started watching cooking shows when I was six and could usually be found helping mom in the kitchen, making stuffed cabbage and eventually baking things on my own–my first independent project was a chocolate souffle! I also remember that my favorite Christmas present when I was seven was a cow cookie jar and a set of wooden spoons. Weird.
Now I still love to cook, and luckily my husband loves to eat.
All right, I love to eat too. You got me.
Joking aside, like many people (and probably most women), I’ve had a love-hate relationship with food my whole life. As in, I love food, and then I hate myself for it. This blog really marks the first year in which I am truly trying not to judge my self-worth by how skinny my arms look in my Facebook pictures, or by how small my jeans size is, or how few calories I can consume in a day. I’ll be the first to admit that this is an incredibly difficult war to wage, but I honestly believe you have to consciously decide to turn away from unhealthy thoughts and images. So this blog is my declaration of several truths about me: I love food, I love to eat, I love my body, and I love to be healthy. The more I decide to believe it, the more true it will be.
I refuse to torture my body and my mind.
So let’s have fun and cook food that is delicious and celebrates our bodies the way they are and the way they can be. On this blog you’ll find me trying to cook comfort food that is good for both my body and my spirit, experimenting with new grains, veggies, and recipes, and of course, making treats for those days we need a splurge. I’m trying to make healthy eating into a lifestyle, not a diet plan.
Here’s my best friend/hubby/food tester/inspiration and I on a truly momentous occasion: May 30, 2009. Gettin’ hitched!!
And of course I can’t forget to mention our cat, Henry.
His full name is Henry Seabiscuit Severus Zietsman. He’s about 3% cute and cuddly, 50% Satan, and 47% piranha. But for some reason we absolutely adore him. Like, we’re obsessed. Sorry!
And of course, I don’t know what I’d do without my family–best friends included.