Clean Eating Kitchen

About

Welcome! I’m Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH in Nutrition, and creator of Clean Eating Kitchen. 

I’m a clean eating specialist with a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I also have a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School and over 10 years of experience writing about food and women’s health issues.

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Whether you’re frustrated by ongoing health issues or you’re just looking to have more energy, then you’ve come to the right place. The recipes and tips you’ll find on my website are all designed to help you recover and protect your health, so that you can live vibrantly. 

Professional Background

My professional background prior to blogging is in non-profit healthcare fundraising and product marketing. I have masters’ degrees in business administration from the University of Southern California and in public health nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

I’ve been honored to be an invited panelist at the BlogHer Main and Food Conferences in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Women’s Conference hosted by the Motion Picture Television Fund in 2018. I have spoken on numerous podcasts and webinars on clean eating nutrition and holistic healing.

I’m also a published cookbook author. In 2019, I had two cookbooks published, the Healthy Meal Prep Instant Pot Cookbook and The Quick & Easy Healthy Cookbook. I am so grateful to have these books on the market for people to use and enjoy.

Health Recovery

I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with health issues. Starting in my late 20s, I started having panic attacks, fatigue, and unexplained weight gain, but I didn’t know where to start.

I didn’t understand the connection between food and health until decades later and after I had developed a long list of health issues, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and then thyroid cancer. Some of my other health struggles have included:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Chronic migraines
  • Weight problems and fatigue
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Eating disorders
  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Anxiety and panic attacks

If you’re feeling down because of an endless list of issues, I can honestly say that I know what that feels like. It is my experience of having so many troublesome symptoms that makes me committed to helping other women who are struggling. Read more about my health transformation

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Where I Am Now 

I eventually earned my master’s degree in public health in 2014, and also learned how to take care of myself. By this time, I had learned how to cook real, healthy foods, and I was also learning how to manage my stress.

At this point, I am gluten-free and dairy-free, and follow what I like to call a “clean eating” approach. Avoiding gluten, dairy, and most grains helps keep my PCOS and inflammation in check. I try to avoid refined and added sugars, and host a monthly Sugar Free Challenge.

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Thankfully, I have gotten most of my symptoms under control and I have not had any recurrence of my cancer that was treated in 2012. My health is not perfect, but most days I am able to live my life normally and with the energy and zest that I feel is part of who I am.

Whether you are currently struggling with a health issue or you just want to eat healthier to prevent getting a disease, I hope my story inspires you to realize that you are capable of healing and feeling better. My focus is on sharing recipes, tips, and resources to make your journey easier. 

Ultimate Goals

My ultimate goal with my blog, videos, and social media sharing is to inspire and inform your health journey, so that you feel healthy, strong, and vibrant. I do that by sharing recipes and products, along with my my informative blog posts, weekly newsletter, and communities on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Personal Life

I live I live with my husband, Alan, with our two rescue cats, Dottie and Dash, on the central coast of California. My husband and I also host a podcast called Age Gap Love Story. I love vacationing in Hawaii, but I also just love being at home creating recipes and following creative inspiration where it takes me.

In my spare time, I like to go hiking and visit farmers’ markets. I’m also learning how to play the violin.

Contact Me

Again, I’m so glad you are here. I hope you feel as if you found a friend who understands at least some of what you might be going through.

If you run into any issues or have questions, just ask! I can be reached through e-mail: carrie@cleaneatingkitchen.com

Finally, the very best way to stay in touch is to sign up to receive my weekly newsletter. That way, you’ll never miss a post! After you sign up, I’ll send you a welcome email with additional free resources to help you on your journey.

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