I was born and raised in Orange County where I reside now with my Husband and 2 toddlers. I grew up a competitive swimmer, and ended my swimming career in college with 6 national titles. My husband and I are both water people, and run our own swim club. Both my toddlers Kyson and Fiori are little fish! They both swim on our team, I had them both water safe by 1 yrs of age. They are also the best taste testers a girl could ask for, kids they don’t lie!
I have always been a ‘foodie’ just not always a very healthy foodie. My love for healthy food developed after the birth my first child, Kyson, now 4ys old. I was concerned about what I was eating and how it was affecting the breast milk he was drinking. I became obsessive over food, and eventually turned to a strictly vegan diet. It stayed with me for 4 years, with a 20 week break during the pregnancy of my second child, Fiori, now 2 yrs old.
Food became something I could control, because everything else seemed to be spiraling out of control. I was caught up in this vegan or nothing mid set. There would be days when I would not eat if there wasn’t a vegan option, thus causing me to binge eat the moment I would get home. It became a vicious and dangerous cycle, I was obsessed with the idea of being vegan. A year after the birth of my second child, my body started reacting different to starches, carbs and sugars, I put on 30 pounds. My last straw came in March of 2016 on vacation in Cabo San Lucas. My vegan options were white rice, white pasta, fruit, bread, chips and guac… really its no wonder weight was coming on so fast. I would cry because I was so unhappy with my body and living under this umbrella of diet restrictions I put on myself.
On April 2 of 2016, I said ‘screw it’ I can’t live like this. I cut my sugar and carb intake, added animal protein to my diet, and even enjoyed some ice cream once in awhile. In 1 yrs time I have lost 40lbs, found a healthy balance, restored relationships, and really grew as a person. I have nothing bad to say about the vegan diet, it’s a beautiful lifestyle. However, it just didn’t work for me, I don’t believe there is a one size fits all diet. We have to listen to our bodies and do what best for our individual needs, and this my friends is the root ‘Kay’s Clean Eats’!!
I still am very passionate about plant based recipes and love creating vegan meals and desserts. You will find plenty on my blog! Cooking is my passion, I love creating in the kitchen and coming up with new recipes. I test all my recipes, along with my family. Some days are so successful and land a blog post, other days not as lucky! You will find the occasional ‘not so healthy recipe’ here too. Life is about balance, enjoy it!!