My name is Haley and I’m somewhat obsessed with living a healthy, fit, and fun life. I’ve been called a human garbage disposal more times than I can count-that’s how much I absolutely love food. Chocolate and coffee, especially in the form of a warm latte, are my staples and I try to incorporate them into as many meals and recipes as possible.
Recently I’ve discovered I have a serious passion for cooking, baking, and just being in the kitchen. It’s brought so much healing, fun, and good conversation to my life. I strongly believe that a good meal can bring families, friends, and strangers together. I believe nutrition and education about leading a healthy lifestyle is the key to stopping all of the health epidemics we’re encountering on a more regular basis every day. I repeat that I really believe that cooking does bring healing to our souls and our relationships.
While I try to make healthy choices as often as possible, let’s get real here…I’m not the girl who will ever pass up chocolate (especially in the form of Nutella) and I don’t believe in restricting any foods from your diet. I don’t believe in dieting, period.
What I do believe in is balance. Balancing the fruits with the cakes, the vegetables with the cookies. Julia Childs couldn’t have said it more perfectly-“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” Life’s too short to obsess over what we look like, what we eat. It’s so important though to do our part to be healthy, so that we can do what we’re called to do and have the energy and desire to live! It’s about taking care of our bodies through healthy eating (most of the time) and exercising in moderation, but doing that in the midst of living this wonderful life.
I’m 20 years old, living in a small hick-town attending college, trying to get a degree in biochemistry and genetics. I was born in Singapore and spent middle school in Germany (as well as traveling all over the world), but apart from that I grew up in good ol’ Texas. I lie when I say good ol’ Texas-I can’t wait to get out of here.
I’m extremely blessed in that I come from such a wonderful family it’s unbelievable. I have the cutest dog in the world-Wally-and he tends to capture my heart everytime I’m around him. I grew up super active-played soccer for 13 years, basketball and baseball for 4, and spent the last 6 years running track and cross-country. Until I relocated to the kitchen, running was my hobby. I still love it and do it almost daily because of the peace (and the endorphins) it brings me, but it’s only a recreational thing now. Now I spend what free time I do have cooking, reading recipes, trying to create my own, and contemplating the miracle of bread rising from a powder and the smell a cooking onion gives off. I see God in it all and it’s seriously brought me so much closer to the awesome Creator that we serve!
Did I mention that Christ is the center of my life? I became a Christian 3 short years ago, and haven’t turned back. My desire in this blog, in cooking, in my future is to glorify God through whatever He calls me to do. He’s given me a heart for food, people, and cultures and although I don’t know what the future looks like in that respect (or any respect at all), I’m trusting that He’ll use me however and wherever He sees fit. My life verse as of now is Psalm 63:5-“My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” Yes, it does have to do with the fact that it mentions food in there. Growing up a runner, I never struggled with body image at all. Not even in highschool, thankfully. When I came to college everything changed. I spent the summer before starving myself on a daily basis, eating as little as possible to get by. I dropped weight like crazy, but slowly that turned into seeking comfort in food. I became an avid binge eater, but would then workout for hours to burn it off. I spent 2 years in a cycle of absolute darkness and depression, and the only reason I’m alive today is because Jesus came to free me from that. He changed my heart, my direction, and ultimately my life. It’s still a daily struggle and I slip and fall all the time, but I know His grace is enough to pull me out of it. While I find such delight in exquisite (and cheap) food, I know that He is better, He is more satisfying. Because of what He’s done with my life, my heart seeks to praise Him through the passions that I’ve received.
I love the world! Is it cliche to say that I want to travel the world?? I honestly do though. Like I said, I love how food can bring people together and you can truly get to know someone over a meal. I’m slightly jealous of people like Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods who get to travel everywhere and just eat. So glorious. Is it weird to say that I don’t feel like I fit in in America? I do consider it my home, but from what I’ve seen of the world (I’ve been on 6 continents, but who’s counting?) I really want to leave. I love learning about other cultures, the people, the language, the history. It’s all so beautiful to me.
Apart from food and working out, I’m a Harry Potter fanatic, I love to read good books instead of study, my ideal day would be waking up before the sun rises reading a good book over a hot cup of coffee and then going to bed as the sun sets, I love winter (what am I doing in Texas?), the only food I don’t like is whipped cream, I’m not an outdoors person unless it involves star-gazing, and I’m photo-crazy. I also love to write, which sucks because I’m a science major.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org … I’d love to hear from you!
“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” -Julia Childs