Hello my fellow chickpeas! My name is Addie but you can call me Chickpea in the City. I’m a current food blogging, hummus loving public relations student living in the beautiful city of Chicago. Originally from the suburbs of Cleveland, I’ve always had a fond love for fancy meals and getting lost in a brownie batter bowl with my mom in our kitchen. It wasn’t until the end of high school that I formed a love for all things health and wellness related.
When I was younger, my family can attest to the fact I loved my fair share of Oreo sundaes and three bowls of Frosted Flakes per day. Now-a-days you’ll find me scarfing down a homemade açai bowl smothered in granola and eating copious amounts of avocado toast.
Although it may sound or look easy, my transition to healthy eating has been a long up and down hill journey. The last two years of high school I struggled with disordered eating which I personally view as a battle I only became stronger from but always will carry on my back. For the past four years I’ve learned how to properly listen to my body and fuel it with what it needs rather than over-working myself, eating too little and having dietary restrictions “just because”. While I started my first year of college off being meat and dairy-free, I now have learned to enjoy these when I feel like it’s best for my body. Rather than vigorously working out every day, I’ve learned to enjoy rest, incorporate yoga, barre and strengthening workouts into my day-to-day life and feel strong not only physically but mentally as well.
I focus on eating a mainly plant-based diet with wholesome, fresh ingredients as best I can, especially when I consume dairy or meat. I strive for the best products possible, always minimally or unprocessed – whether that means no hormones, antibiotics or fully organic. But at the end of the day, I am still a college student who has more to worry about than $8 organic strawberries 😉
Of course life isn’t always perfect and I’ve learned to be grateful for the food I am able to consume, whatever it may be. If I can afford and buy an organic food, I’ll gladly do so yet when it comes down to it, I try to not spend my whole life savings on eating organic. Everyday can’t be a kale salad and açai bowl but that doesn’t mean it has to be a McDonalds burger, fries and milkshake either. This is where balance has come full force into my life.
I am continually seeking balance in all things I do and I’ve found nothing helps me find this more than through blogging, hearing other people’s stories and making connections with other bloggers who love the same lifestyle as I do.
Even though my foodie heart is currently floating through the neighborhoods of Chicago, my goal post-undergrad is to land up in sunny California. I’m a sucker for all things travel-related and seeing the healthy restaurants across the world is one of my favorite things to partake in. We’ll see where the time goes! Until then, enjoy reading about my favorite health food products, what I’m loving lately, travels and a little (or maybe a lot) lifestyle and wellness posts floating your way! Through my blog, I’ve learned to accept and appreciate so much more than ever possible.
This chickpea’s got a long way to go and I hope you come along with me for the ride.
(Any questions or concerns, feel free to find me on social media or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)