If you’re looking to feel healthier or address a chronic health concern using real food and a balanced lifestyle, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH in Nutrition, and I am the creator of this website, Clean Eating Kitchen.
My goal is to help you set and reach your health goals, so that you feel healthy, strong, and vibrant. I do that by sharing recipes and resources, along with my podcast, daily blog posts, weekly newsletter, and upcoming Clean Eating Challenge online program and community.
I grew up eating mostly processed junk foods. I didn’t understand the connection between food and health until I had developed a laundry list of health issues, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and then thyroid cancer in the recent past. I underwent surgery to remove my thyroid and the tumor; living without a thyroid has had its own challenges. I’ve had a lot of other health struggles, too, including:
- Disordered Eating
- Chronic migraines
- Weight problems and fatigue
- Allergies and food intolerances
- Anxiety and panic attacks
Feel free to read about my journey in detail here.
Why Strict Diets Didn’t Help:
I finally started to understand the connection between food and health after seeing the movie Super Size Me, the one where the guy eats McDonald’s for 30 days. I was so inspired by this movie that I went back to school to study nutrition.
I took things too far by jumping on the super-strict vegan bandwagon, thinking that this diet would be the answer to all my health problems. It took another 3 1/2 years before I ultimately decided that such a strict diet was not supportive to my mental or physical health (you can read more about the specifics of what happened here).
It took me another few years to realize that my health flourishes eating both plant and animal foods, and what I like to call a “clean eating approach.” While I still have to respect my ongoing food sensitivities, I eat lots of fruits and vegetables with “clean” sources of animal protein, without consuming dairy or gluten. I include some grains and legumes when my health tolerates them. I most recently have re-introduced more potatoes and other starches into my diet that have helped tremendously with my sleep quality.
Where I Am Now:
It took a lot of self-growth and help from other health specialists to let go of my guilt and fear around my food choices. The struggle was worth it because my disordered eating patterns have been put to rest and I now feel healthy, strong, and vibrant most of the time. I can’t describe how wonderful it is to not obsess about food anymore.
Thankfully, I am over 5 years cancer-free and my PCOS, migraines, anxiety, IBS, and allergies are under control and hardly bother me at all. I hope my story inspires you to take control over your health and realize that you are capable of healing and feeling better. I hope I can show you how!
My professional background 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.
If you run into any issues or questions, just ask! I can be reached through e-mail: carrieATcleaneatingkitchenDOTcom,
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