Welcome! I’m Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH, and creator of Clean Eating Kitchen.
I’m a clean eating specialist with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a specialty in nutrition. 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.
My professional background prior to blogging is in non-profit healthcare fundraising and product marketing.
I created this website back in 2009 to start documenting my health journey, including the healthy recipes I was making.
I have spoken on numerous podcasts and webinars on clean eating nutrition and holistic healing. I was also an invited panelist at the BlogHer Main and Food Conferences in 2013 and 2014, and the Women’s Conference hosted by the Motion Picture Television Fund in 2018.
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.
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
Read more about my health transformation.
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.
At this point, I am gluten-free and dairy-free, and follow what I like to call a clean eating, paleo-friendly approach. Avoiding gluten, dairy, and most grains helps keep my PCOS and inflammation in check. I also try to avoid refined and added sugars, and host a monthly Sugar Free Challenge.
Learn more about the basics of clean eating.
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.
My ultimate goal with my blog, videos, and social media sharing is to inspire you to cook healthy meals at home. I also try to show uncomplicated, simple recipes that can be quickly for busy people.
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.
Again, I’m so glad you are here! I hope you feel as if you found a friend who understands what it’s like to be overwhelmed with health issues and not know where to start.
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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