Welcome to the Mediterranean!

I’ve had an interesting journey when it comes to health, fitness, and food. I never worried about what I ate because I was so active as a kid.

Once I got to college, I gained the freshmen 30. I lost that weight, gained some of it back, lost it again. Gained it back.

It wasn’t until I was 40 did I figure out how to lose weight. I exercised like crazy and I cut back on calories. I had a meal plan that I was terrified to deviate from.

I had 6 pack abs, and I felt and looked great. Yet, there was something amiss. I was obsessive about what I ate. I was also hungry all the time.

That was enough to lose 25 pounds, but I got to the point where I wanted to eat normally again. I didn’t want to weigh my meals or eat the same things over and over as my meal plan dictated.

I started to eat a normal diet and I did gain some weight back. I also stopped exercising due to depression. That was enough to get more of the weight to come back.

At that point, I didn’t have the answers and I lost confidence in myself.

Soon afterward, I moved to Carmona, Spain. It’s a small city tucked just outside of Sevilla in Southern Spain.

It was there where I learned about the art of enjoying food, connecting with food, and eating slowly.

I learned about the Mediterranean Diet. It’s not just about what you eat, it’s about how you eat. It’s the portion sizes, the types, and variety of food, it’s also eating with others.

I’m a shoveler. I eat in front of the TV without thinking about what I eat. I also eat really fast. I’m talking in record time.

By living over there, I was ‘forced’ to be more aware of the food I was eating. I didn’t complain about the portions because they’re much smaller than what I’m used to.

I enjoyed it every bit. I engaged in conversation as much as I could.

In the end, I learned how to develop a healthy relationship with food and how powerful food is in our lives. I became a nationally-certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. In working with people I discovered that people were looking for a way to eat healthy without the complicated restrictions.

Food is a common denominator, and I believe that good food is for everyone. Yes, you may have a busy schedule, but you don’t have to invest hours slaving over the stove.

The end result is that I got my health back on track. I follow a Mediterranean lifestyle, exercise often, and enjoy what I eat.

I don’t limit myself and I don’t feel guilty about food. No one should feel that way. I believe that life is enjoyable when you connect with and truly enjoy food.

That belief is the reason behind this site. I hope you’ll take this journey for yourself and discover the power of love that lies in food.

–To Your Health,


heather mcdaniel in the kitchen

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