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After learning that my grandfather passed from lung cancer, I gave up cigarettes and began my journey toward a plant-based, active lifestyle.

I started off at 250 pounds. For those interested, I'm currently 190. But these days I’m focused on reaching my desired body fat percentage instead of what the scale says. It's been a long road but, along the way, I’ve learned how to cook creative, tasty meals, build meal plans that work for me and, most importantly, how to listen to my body.

I'm also a reporter — you can read my work if you want — so my blog posts aren't solely personal. They contain information I've gathered from traditional research, in-depth conversations with people I know, social media callouts and more. As far as I'm concerned, these are reported pieces with a personal element — something I’ve built my career doing very well. I've spent a lot of time asking people what they care about for my job and it's made me a better reporter. I figured employing the same methods would help me become a better food blogger as well. 

But I’m still learning. I’m still failing. I’m still wrestling with my visceral love of fried chicken. Come learn with me. It’ll be fun. I promise.