I'm Stevi, a tweny-something Texas girl and graduate nutrition student at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I started this blog 3 years ago as a space to share my love for practical, enjoyable, healthy living - in every aspect of life and at every stage. For the past two years, I worked for brands all across the produce industry, creating recipe and marketing content to encourage people to eat more fresh food. As I transition to finishing up my grad degree and to become a clinical nutritionist, I want to use this platform to share what I'm learning and create recipes that bring my studies to life.
In case you’re asking me what “integrative health” means, you sure aren’t the first. Integrative simply means taking the best of functional medicine (finding the root cause to prevent and treat chronic illness through diet and lifestyle) and the best of conventional medicine (using medicine where necessary to treat acute illness and using evidence-based research to support treatments) to create optimal health and well-being.
I firmly believe we ought to be mindful of what we put into our bodies, to start thinking about our health in 30 years, today. But also, live a little while you’re at it!!! If there’s anything I’ve learned, health is not just physical, but also emotional and spiritual. Food is information for the body that determines how your cells function and if disease is promoted of prevented. Yes. Food is also deeply emotional, meant to be savored and enjoyed in the context of family and community. Doesn’t get better! And finally, food is spiritual! And I don’t just mean a spiritual experience with that lobster mac-n-cheese. It’s a way for us to connect to creation, to enjoy our Creator, and to keep our bodies well for our spirits to thrive.
My journey with food and nutrition has been full of ups and downs, from unhealthy obsession to healing a near-chronic disease with diet and lifestyle. When I stopped connecting nutrition to the way I looked and instead to the way I felt, it was a game-changer. Your body is meant for so much more than what it looks like. Do you believe me? Like, do you really? I hope that given the chance, I can help you understand just how insanely awesome our bodies were created and how how much power our food and lifestyle choices hold. Eat for creativity, for good moods on Mondays, for long runs because you have so much energy, for enjoying retirement one day, for reaching the potential you know God’s given you. Make provision for what’s within.