Welcome! I’m Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH, and creator of Clean Eating Kitchen.
I’m a blogger, food photographer, and cookbook author with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a specialty in nutrition.
I started blogging back in 2009 to document my health journey, including the healthy recipes I was making.
My professional background prior to blogging was in non-profit healthcare fundraising and product marketing. I also have a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School with a specialty in marketing and entrepreneurship.
I’m a published cookbook author, including the Healthy Meal Prep Instant Pot Cookbook and The Quick & Easy Healthy Cookbook. You may also want to check out my recipe ebook 5-Ingredient Clean Eating Recipes.
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 PCOS, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and then thyroid cancer.
Where I Am Now
Over the course of my health recovery journey, I became more and more interested in learning about nutrition. I went back to school and earned my master’s degree in public health.
Read more about my health transformation.
For many years, I had to be on a strict gluten-free and dairy-free diet. As my health improved, though, I was slowly able to expand my diet. I do still eat a clean eating diet with little to no processed foods. I am mostly gluten-free and dairy-free as well.
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.
I live on the Central Coast of California which is rich in agriculture. I am heavily influenced by the amazing farmers’ markets which run year-round. The seasonal produce is very inspiring and makes me want to cook with lots of fresh and local ingredients.
Even though I’m originally from Oklahoma, I am very much a California girl now! My food could be considered California Cuisine because of its emphasis on seasonality and freshness.
Additionally, I try to keep my recipes simple and with a health component in mind. The best recipes are ones that taste great but also help us feel good. Some examples include my Peanut Butter Cauliflower Smoothie (you’ve got to try it to appreciate how good it is), my Sweet Kale Salad with Creamy Dressing, and my Celery Juice recipe.
You could absolutely say that I’m a bit of a health nut! 🙂
My ultimate goal with my blog, videos, and social media sharing is to inspire you to cook healthy meals at home. I also really want to help other women with chronic illness feel better using a real food diet.
I live with my husband, Alan, with our two rescue cats on the Central Coast of California. 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.
Fun Facts About Me
A few fun facts about me include:
- I’ve been blogging since 2009 and can’t imagine doing anything else at this point! I absolutely love my job and am always inspired and challenged by the industry.
- I played the piano for most of my young life through college, but I ultimately got tired of it. Then, in 2018 I picked up the violin, not realizing how difficult of an instrument it is to learn. I take lessons for the violin and it’s a fun challenge that I enjoy.
- I did not learn how to cook until my early 30s. And, to be honest, I don’t love cooking, but I do love eating.
- One of my favorite activities is to go into small health food stores and cafes and just to poke around and be inspired. I especially love the smell of fresh juice bars!
- I’m kind of obsessed with Hawaii. It’s my absolute favorite place to travel and I feel like I’m a completely different person when I’m there (probably because I’m forced to relax, ha ha)!
- I am also not a natural photographer. I find food photography to be one of the hardest parts about being a food blogger. I took all my own photos from 2009 to 2021. Now I work with several talented photographers who help with the pictures on my site.
Again, I’m so glad you are here! I hope you find lots of inspiration and recipes to help fuel your healthy lifestyle.
If you run into any issues or have questions, just ask! I can be reached through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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