Welcome to Think Healthy Thoughts!
I’m so glad you’re here! Hopefully that means that like me, you’re trying to feed your family real, healthy foods in a processed, fast food world. My name is Brittany and I am a Certified Family Health Coach, Wellness Educator, Fruit and Vegetable enthusiast, a wife and a busy mom to three boys!
Trying to find a balance when it comes to healthy eating is not easy, especially when you are feeding a family. Meals need to be easy to prepare, taste great and provide solid nutrition. Here at Think Healthy Thoughts you will find a realistic, balanced approach to healthy eating, along with family friendly recipes, tips for picky eaters, and much more! I will never ask you to completely give up all of the foods you love but instead will teach you how to eat by following simple guidelines. I don’t believe in restrictive diets or removing entire food groups, unless you have a food sensitivity or allergy.
Healthy eating doesn’t happen overnight. Most of us have a hard time adjusting to change and I have found that this is especially true when it comes to food. About four years ago, I learned how to really understand food labels and realized that so many of the foods I deemed healthy, actually contained harmful ingredients and chemicals. I had always considered myself a health conscious parent. I thought I was doing my best to avoid sugary drinks, limit junk food and cook mostly from home, but my children were still eating processed and sugary snacks on a daily basis and none of us were eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Determined to completely change the way my family ate, I threw myself head first into the “real food movement.” I began to follow several great blogs and read Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food.” The information I read completely changed the way I looked at food. I found myself telling my husband about things like grinding our own wheat berries and buying an entire grass-fed cow to store in the freezer. He thought I was a little crazy! I cleaned out our pantry, vowed to cut out all processed foods immediately, and expected my kids and husband to just adjust. Trying to make so many extreme changes at once was a big mistake! While some of the swaps we made did stick, many of them did not.
A couple of years ago, we moved to a much bigger city and began dining out way too often. I found myself driving my kids through Chic-Fil-A on a regular basis and buying huge boxes of sugary granola bars from Costco. I gained about 20 pounds and noticed that my kids were getting sick way more often than they used to. I became caught up in convenience, which is so easy to do and as a result my family’s health suffered.
After about 8 months of living that way I knew we had to get back to a healthier lifestyle, but this time I would make gradual changes. I stopped comparing myself to what others did and just focused on what worked for my family. It’s not easy to keep three growing boys happy, healthy and full, but over the years I have learned firsthand what works and what doesn’t. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to healthy eating. You can introduce good foods to your family and still enjoy occasional treats. Now that I have found what works for my family I want to share my experience with other families and help them do the same.
As a Certified Health Coach, I am able to help families achieve their health and wellness goals by providing science-based, trusted information, positive encouragement and ongoing motivation. I received my training from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by pediatrician and author, Dr. William Sears. After years of using his parenting site Ask Dr. Sears and reading several of his books, I knew this program would align with my own values regarding whole food nutrition. I truly believe that one of the most important things you can do for your child is to feed them well and teach them the importance of eating nourishing foods.