Clean Eating Kitchen

About

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.

carre in pink shirt in white kitchen

Professional Background

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.

Health Issues

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. Lastly, I 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. 

carrie in the kitchen with white bowl and whisk

Ultimate Goals

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 do that by sharing recipes on my blog, writing a weekly newsletter, and interacting with communities on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Personal Life

I live 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.

Contact Me

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: 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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