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A ‘bit about me: I have a BS degree in Recreation/Hospitality Management from California State University, Chico. Yes, that is a real degree. I currently live near San Francisco, California, soaking up the sun and enjoying the mass amounts of exotic foods. I love food a lot and exercise almost as much.

Story of health: As long as I can remember, I had been overweight. My heaviest was 174 lbs. This was when I was about 14 years old and 5′4. When I entered high school, after an awkward freshman year, I decided to “reinvent” myself. Already being a part of the high school tennis team, I increased my practices and decided to start running. At this time I started eating less and less until I was literally eating two bowls of Grape-nut cereal a day.  Needless to say, I had an eating disorder. I dropped weight fast and at about 4 months later, I had lost 50 lbs and was dipping into the zone of being way too thin.

I struggled with an eating disorder for years. But within the last 4 years I have found peace with food and have learned to enjoy and embrace it. I believe writing and blogging (about food) has helped me develop a healthy relationship with food.

Today, I am the healthiest I have ever been. I exercise regularly and enjoy clean, healthy foods. I prefer to go without gluten and (most of the time) dairy. I do eat meat and seafood, but only on occasion. In general, I eat what my body craves. And if it craves sweets, then I’ll have myself some raw, clean, wholesome sweets!

My passion is helping and motivating others. I know what it is like to be on both sides of the fork- overweight and underweight. I know what it is like to dislike yourself, have a distorted body image, and to obsess about every calorie. I also know what it is like to NOT worry about any of those things and to thrive. And I want every woman (or man) out there to feel powerful, beautiful, and thrive in life.

For exercise, you will find me at the gym lifting weights, taking my beloved Crossfit, Mixed Martial Arts Boot Camp, or Kickboxing classes, spinning, or outside running. In October 2010, I completed my first marathon and raised over $5000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training. Exercise fuels my life in so many ways and I am blessed with receiving enjoyment from it.

That’s me in a nutshell… or hemp shell… or goji berry(?).

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn May 27, 2010 at 6:51 AM

What a great story you have! Seriously I’m not just saying that.

Thank you for stopping by my little old blog. Off to check out those salmon wraps.


katie lynch July 6, 2010 at 5:51 PM

hey lori–my name is katie and my friend jessica yahn stayed with you. she told me about you becuause i share the same passions about eating healthy and working out. I was going to say instead of sugar in your recipes try organic apple sauce (which you can make too) and also baby food. Its a great substitute!!! i love your blog by the way! its great!


Laury @thefitnessdish August 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

This is a fantastic story! I love seeing people that have finally found balance and happiness in their lives! I have a funky past with food as well…and I have also found that healthy balance! You are very inspiring, keep it going! Thanks for finding me, so that I could find your wonderful blog!


erin August 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

great story girl! SO happy you are at such a good place in your life (:


TheHEalthyApron August 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

ooo going to san francisco tomorrow for the week! Any great restaurants you recommend that aren’t too pricey? We are staying right by Fishcer man’s wharf!


Lindsay Cotter December 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

sounds like a successfull journey to health! And martial arts bootcamp? Now thats gotta be an awesome class.


Nicole January 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hey I’m new to your blog but it’s good to read your story :) I’m in college in the bay area and TRY to eat healthy while eating dorm food… it’s a struggle sometimes ;)

And I’m also hopelessly addicted to baking cookies. Sigh! :)

Looking forward to reading more of your blog!


Kara Anderson January 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Hi Lori,

I was hoping I could run something by you … quite a while back my son and I made one of your recipes for the blog I write and then we ranked it according to a silly made-up rating system that kept changing. I don’t remember exactly how it was rated, but I know it was really good it could have received either a 200 or a 100 or a two-thumbs up, all of which we used to mean really, really, really good. And I’ve seen through reading more of your blog that like us, you love cooking nutritious foods that taste great and indulging your sweet tooth in a healthy way.

You were also such a good sport that I wanted to ask you … I’m going to start a healthy muffin series in the next few weeks — and I am looking for bloggers interested in taking part. Would you consider talking healthy muffins with me one week and sharing a recipe? I would love to hear from you!!

Thanks so much, Kara


Lisa February 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM

That’s interesting that you’re into MMA fitness training. It’s not often I see women talking about it. Do you go somewhere for it? And have you checked out GSP’s new fitness video?


Meagan January 4, 2012 at 7:26 AM

What do you do for a living, are you a student, grad student? Self-employed?
Meagan´s last blog post ..Nourishing Protein Bars 2.0


Shayla April 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Love your Blog Lori, this is beautiful! I saw your motivation from a far the first I met you…and your passion for food and health is spilled all over these pages. I appreciate you sharing your story regarding body image-I peronally know how this feels because after highschool i too reinvented myself. I dropped 35 lbs. I went from a six 14 to a size 6. I am a happy and healthy size 8 for more than 10 years now..and it feels great to balance my love of sweets and my obsession with looking fit. But after reading this, I see I need to change my view and stop being obsessed with looking fit, but rather embrace a heart happy and healthy lifestyle. I love this! you have a new Fan..have a great weekend!


Holly from 300 Pounds Down July 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I am very inspired by your story. You have overcome a lot and are now looking great and doing such great healthy things for yourself and your body! I am so glad I stumbled on your blog. I can’t wait to read more!


Maria September 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Hi Lori! It was great meeting you today at the Vegan Challenge meeting. Love your site! It’s always great to meet another person who loves fitness and is empowered by exercise. I enjoyed reading your story, and hopefully we will get to connect again soon!


Bree @ ToPariswithMyLove November 5, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Lori! I am so glad I found your site (through Pinterest btw) Your recipes look delicious! I was looking for a good pasta-free veggie lasagna for dinner. I will be making a few modifications to yours. I just moved to France and I don’t speak the language, so its REALLY hard to shop here. Unless of course I do a ton of research before going to the store. My shopping list becomes bilingual.

Oh almost forgot to mention, I graduated from CSU Chico as well! I miss Chico, but Versailles is nice too. :D


Samantha November 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Hi Lori! I went to Chico too and now live in SF. I just started paleo in 2012 to get ready for my wedding. I am not a fan of cooking so I am always looking for great easy and quick Paleo recipies. Thanks for listing some on here.


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