Real food doesn’t mean perfection.

I have spent many years experimenting in the kitchen, taking cooking classes, reading cookbooks and other food books, learning about health and nutrition, and answering “this is random, but you’ll probably know it” food and cooking questions from friends and family.

But I have also spent years following a vegetarian (read: carb-etarian) diet and then later several years on a paleo diet. I can’t say that either made me feel better. I have also fallen to the pressures of the internet that I need to make everything from scratch and eat the latest, trendy health food. (Coconut butter, I never liked you.)

Now I’m eating a varied diet that is focused on vegetables and fruit and letting go of perfection. I’m cooking meals that are easy and healthy on weeknights when time is limited and making special meals on the weekends, when I have more time to play in the kitchen. I make desserts with butter and regular sugar, but I don’t eat dessert all the time.

And I don’t over exercise to make up for eating dessert either. Exercise is a blend of what makes me feel good. Strength training makes me feel strong and can easily be squeezed in before work. Walking and hiking clears my mind and keeps my dog happy. And I play – snowshoeing or working in the yard.

As a speech-language pathologist, I’m using my expertise in cognition and how people process information, learn, and make decisions to weave it all together into healthy habits that are so essential, I can’t imagine my life without them.

It’s not perfect, but that’s not the goal. I’m letting go of perfection and just feeling good.

Fit Food Habit is my way of sharing this with you.