My name is Hil. I have a full-time job, a tiny kitchen, and a carnivorous husband. I love good food and I want to continue to be able to fit into my clothes. As a matter of survival, I’ve learned to cook fresh, healthy, tasty meals that don’t take forever.
I started this blog as a way to reflect on my cooking and eating during the stresses of law school. I think that being thoughtful about food is both important and rewarding, and taking the time to write about what I eat helps me to do that. I want to share my kitchen experiments and to offer some ideas for fitting real, healthy food into a hectic lifestyle. I’m also interested in other wellness related topics, like exercise, body image, and stress management.
The aforementioned carnivorous husband shows up around here from time to time under the name of “the Lemonator,” which he got from his unholy love for lemonade and all things lemon flavored. He is the baker of the house, and I have convinced him to use his baking skills for the forces of good by testing and creating lots of delicious whole grain recipes for everything under the sun. By day, the Lemonator is a scientist working in a lab that studies complex diseases, and he enjoys debunking bad science relating to nutrition and health on this blog.
My Food Philosophy
Healthy cooking does not have to be bland, complicated, or involve a lot of number crunching. It’s really about learning to love fresh, healthy ingredients and then not being afraid to venture into the kitchen and get your hands dirty. It’s about thinking about the foods that you love and learning how to combine them into meals that satisfy body, mind and taste buds. I am not a nutritionist or a chef, nor do I aspire to be. I aspire to get dinner on the table at night!
- I believe in eating real, fresh, seasonal foods: beans, lean meat and dairy, whole grains, fruit, nuts, and, above all, vegetables. I avoid processed food as much as I can.
- I believe food should taste good. If you do not walk away from a meal feeling completely satisfied, your meal has not done its job.
- I believe in eating all things in moderation–rich desserts and cream sauces will definitely be making appearances on this blog from time to time.
- I believe that food should not be a source of guilt, stress or anxiety.
- I believe in the power of low glycemic index eating to promote health and control hunger.
- I believe in eating with my eyes open. To me, that means being informing myself about what is in my food and where it comes from and making my food decisions accordingly.