Hi! I’m Kaleigh. Welcome to my table!
I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist, extroverted introvert and lover of all things food and cooking. My food philosophy is simple: Eat what makes you feel good.
I don’t believe in fad diets or restriction. I don’t believe in “clean eating” or detoxes. I believe that food should nourish the body and soul. I believe that healthy eating should be simple and delicious – no bee pollen or marine algae necessary. I believe there is no room for perfection in eating.
I don’t think that anyone’s story can be told in a few short paragraphs, but here’s an extra-condensed version.
I grew up in suburbia, Texas learning to cook and making memories with a huge, loving family. The kitchen was always where the action happened and the table was always that place where everyone came together. But by the time I was a teenager, the perfect storm of depression, anxiety, perfectionism and low self-esteem in a changing body landed me right smack in the middle of a full-blown eating disorder.
It wasn’t until I met my husband in college that I finally understood what unconditional love meant and was able to slowly let go of my fear of failure and my identity as ‘the skinny girl’. I discovered that nobody would be mad at me for not making straight A+’s or not going to med school, or not having the ‘perfect’ body, whatever that even is. That’s when I was finally able to start letting go of perfectionism and start exploring my real passions.
With my sweet hubby’s encouragement, I started doing things for me rather than for other people, and I finally started to let go of the food rules and restrictions. I decided on my career path as a dietitian (not clinical because I think the hospital is the worst place on Earth), and started to pursue my passion for cooking and creating food. I started my blog soon after as a creative outlet, and found that cooking was a huge component in getting over my feared foods and healing my relationship with food.
It wasn’t until after I graduated from my master’s program and finished my dietetic internship that I discovered Intuitive Eating and was able to fully embrace the non-diet approach for myself and for my practice, and it’s been a game-changer for the way I look at food and nutrition.
I now live in Lubbock, Texas with my amazing husband and our 3 silly Brittany Spaniels and have started growing my private practice while I continue my blog. I still use my love of food as the best way to bring people together, but when I’m not in the kitchen, you can find me While my path has not always been easy or ideal, it has made me into the person that I am. It has shaped my beliefs and made me understand what I value in life and in others.
I hope that through my blog, you find a little bit of nourishment for your mind, body and soul, and that one of my recipes will bring you together with the ones you love most. Most importantly, I hope you find a blissful balance in life and a satisfying, healthy relationship with food. Because eating should be joyful, not stressful. And because vegetables are good, and so is chocolate.
If you find yourself struggling to find your balance, contact me about nutrition coaching, and I’d be happy to help!
Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas
Masters of Clinical Nutrition from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas
Dietetic Internship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas
Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian in Texas
Photos by Heather Rowland Photography.