About - Eating Bird Food


Hiiiii! Welcome to Eating Bird Food, a healthy living blog where I share recipes, workouts and snippets of my daily life. I’m here to help you realize that healthy food can taste good and that living a healthy life doesn’t have to be a daily struggle. Small changes can make a big impact!

Eating Bird Food

A little more about me: I grew up eating the standard American diet (full of processed snacks, fast food and Southern indulgences) and because of this I struggled with my weight. My freshman year of college I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could about eating healthfully. I changed my eating habits, increased my physical exercise and immediately started to feel better. Not only were my clothes fitting better, but my self-image improved immensely.

It was a slow and healthy loss, but after losing about 20 pounds I felt much more confident, happier with myself and most of all healthier. I was amazed to see that small changes can make such a big difference and instantly decided that I wanted to help others live healthier and happier lives.

Brittany is a health coach and personal trainer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Isaac, and dog, Olive.

Isaac Britt Olive



  1. annaalstondonnelly says:

    I love your blog and I love the title! I get comments like that so often- what people don’t realize is just bc your food doesn’t weigh you down and make you want to take a nap, it doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!

    I feel like I eat a lot of the same foods on you- check out my blog if you have some time- I would love your opinion:

  2. Hey,

    I love your blog site! You have totally motivated me to start one of my own! I am so into cooking new foods everyday so i am excited to start my own and to keep on site with yours and see what new ideas and recipes you come up with! Reading your about me section, I realized that You and I are very similar when it comes to our joy of food and keeping healthy and fit! I too write down what I eat and the calories I consume when i can and I also work out at the gym and I think both help with maintaining a healthy, stable and conscience diet! I am so exicted now..thanks! It was really nice meeting you and I don’t feel as alone anymore..I’ve actually met someone who has similar opinions when it comes to foods!! I’m not as crazy as I thought! Well keep in touch and I am sure we will see you again! Thanks again and good luck with the job hunting! It’ll work out!!

  3. Hey this is a really interesting place.
    I’m an English guy living in Poland and I’m trying to get back to the weight I was when I was in Japan. The Japanese diet really suited me – actually all of the western men I knew there lost shed loads of weight (unfortunately women seem to put on weight).
    Anyway, it’s not overly easy to get hold of things in Poland. You know, things that would be common place in England or America. I’m trying!!!
    Back soon.

  4. Hey you just commented on my blog, so I wanted to stop by and say hello! Great blog! You seem to have a realistic grasp on healthy eating and also living your life the way you WANT to, not the way you MUST. I’ll be reading often! 🙂

  5. Your updated page is great! Good for you for doing everything the healthy way.

  6. darryl averett says:

    hey, nice blog. it’s always great when people are up front and honest! you sure seem to be. check out my blog and let me know what you think!. talk at you later, and ad me as a friend, i wont bite!LOL darryl

  7. Sally Shepard says:


    Trying to contact you about your request to Newman’s Own Organics. You have your e-mail in your letter as eatingbirdfood@wordpress.com, but it keeps bouncing back. Not sure what the problem is.

    Would like to follow-up with you. Please e-mail me.


    Sally Shepard
    Shepard Public Relations

  8. Hi! Are you from Richmond? If so, where are some of your favorite restaurants where you can get a healthy option?

  9. Hi Jane! Thanks for reading. I’m not from Richmond, however I have lived here for about a year. Some of my favorite restaurants include Ipanema Cafe, Ellwood Thompsons, Da Lat, Ginger Thai Taste, and New India off of Lakeside Ave. Of course there a TONS of good restaurants in Richmond so the list could go on. Email me if you are interested in finding out more.

  10. Wow, what a great story. I love running too!! It is amazing how little changes make such a big difference in the long run! Keep up the good work!

  11. skinnymenny says:

    Hi there! I just found your blog and have enjoyed reading your story 🙂 I see you live in Richmond – I’m from VA originally (grew up in Fredericksburg). Have a great day!


  12. Hi Menden-

    Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!!

    I grew up very close to Fredericksburg- I had to drive there to go to the movies/mall. 🙂 Where do you live now?

  13. Great blog!

  14. Enjoying your blog! I have been accused of “eating bird food” in the past….haters! Looking forward to reading more!

  15. Great site, and I have to ask you about your smoothies, they look good and the seeds sound interesting…reach out if I can ever be a resource, keep it up! BTW, on twitter? @cheftony and @visionsbethesda

  16. This is an awesome blog! I’m definitely adding it to my rotation 🙂

  17. Holly J says:

    I just discovered your blog and I must say, I love it!! All the food you make looks so yummy! I really like the Sushi Ninja entry! I also want to add I’m a big smoothie fan too!!

  18. Laura J. says:

    Hey! I just discovered your blog thru Fitnessista’s and it’s absolutely great! I just bookmarked it so I’ll be checking it often 🙂

    I also used to live in Fredericksburg! How funny 🙂 I got married last year and we moved to Michigan. I never thought I’d miss F’brg, but I do!

    Take care!


  19. Thanks so much Laura. I love downtown Fredericksburg- so quaint and cute! I guess you know about Sammy T’s and Carl’s!! Those are my favorite Fredericksburg eats!

  20. Laura J. says:

    I actually worked for Carl’s all through out high school and then over summer breaks during college, haha. Free ice-cream = Fatty McFatterson. It’s definitely been good for my waistline not working there and living 500 miles away! You know, I never ate at Sammy T’s. I passed by it a million times though! I’ll have to try when I’m back visiting 🙂 Do you recommend anything?

  21. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love your healthy approach to food and exercise and your “non-diet” approach to eating and feeling your best! Can’t wait to read more!

  22. Hey girl! Just found your blog through Fitnessista! Totally loved your story, and you seem to be such a down to earth type of person! I can’t wait to become a daily reader, i’m def gonna add you to my “daily reads” Thanks for sharing what you have to say and i really look forward to reading whats next! Check me out at http://saladdiva.wordpress.com !

  23. Neighbor Linda says:

    Your blog is a delight and I always look forward to reading it. One complaint: Your delicious looking food photos always make me too hangry! (But they are inspiring.) Thank you.

  24. Hello! I came across your blog and was so excited to see that you live in Richmond! I live in a small town about an hour away (hampton roads area). A lot of the foods you have mentioned are foods that are my weakness as well (cornbread, oatmeal cream pies & chik fil a especially!) I’ve only been to one thai restaurant and it was actually in Richmond when my boyfriend and I went to visit his sisters (who went to VCU).

    Your transformation into a healthier lifestyle is one to admire! The before and after pictures are incredible and show how far you have come!

    I can’t wait to read more!

  25. Hey there! I absolutely love your blog. You have such a healthy approach to balanced eating and living. On a side not, I actually used to go to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Richmond isn’t too far up the road from there and it really is such a fun city. Anyway, keep up the good work (you look fantastic!) 🙂

  26. I just have to tell you that you have some gorgeous legs on you! This is coming from someone with tree trunk stumps for legs at my nice height of 5’1”. 🙂

  27. Wow, what a great story! I can relate with you so much about growing up with not the healthiest eats but just having basic assumptions that they were! Like yourself, I believe all things in moderation and love embracing health without crazy diets. Slow and steady makes for fun and exciting! I definitely want to keep up with you on your blog, thanks for sharing, I’m eager to come back!

  28. I totally relate, love your blog and your awesome running photo! 🙂

  29. hey girl!
    i’ve been following your blog for quite some time and didn’t realize you were in the 804 until i saw elwood thompson’s… my favorite!

    not to butter you up, but you’re actually one of the reasons i decided to start my own foodie blog – my first post’s next week 🙂
    keep it up!


  30. I am so glad to be introduced to your blog through my friend and co-worker, Heather, from Heather’s Burnt Toast. I love your story.

    And, looks like you have some great recipes! Can’t wait to try your confetti quinoa.

    Look forward to reading more!

  31. teenagehealthfreak says:

    wow your blog looks awesome and great story…i can’t wait to read more!!!! ((love the name of it!!!))

  32. Excited to have found your blog. I’m not too far from you down in Chesapeake! 🙂

  33. Our stories are quite similar – I cringe when I look at high school pictures, and have thrown out of my college pictures. I wish I knew about the freshman 15 before college, rather than after. I gained 25 my freshman year. I then lost it all the year after!

  34. Christal says:

    Hi Brittany!

    I am so inspired by your story. I have been reading your blog that I found through Quarry Girl. I have the exact same story as you. Growing up in an African American family, I ate really bad foods until I got to college and changed my life. I lost over 70 lbs. Currently I am a vegan but I still love your recipes and love reading your blogs because I get good ideas. Thank you so much for all ofyour inspiration.

    -Christal( Fan of your blog)

    • Hi Christal,

      Thanks so much for such a sweet comment. It’s always amazing to hear about people who lose weight in college rather than gain. Definitely not the norm! Congrats on losing over 70 lbs- that is a great accomplishment.

  35. I have some unflattering high school pictures. Sometimes I just wish those pictures would be gone forever. 😉
    Good for you for making positive changes, getting into running (something I’m slowly doing), and being healthy!

  36. Little Bookworm says:

    Just found your blog, it looks great! 🙂

  37. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and I recently started my own. I think you’d really like it because it’s somewhat similar to yours. If you get a chance, I’d appreciate your thoughts. 🙂 Thank you.

  38. Your site looks great! I am glad I found it 🙂

  39. great story! Mine is somewhat similar (although I grew up with the standard mid-west diet of meat and potatoes). I look forward to exploring your blog!!

  40. Your story is inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  41. I just found your blog through the location feature on Healthy Living Blogs! Awesome! I’m trying to lose weight through healthy eating (I always ate healthy, but I’m having some issues w/ intuitive eating and snacking at night) and exercise! Getting into exercise is the biggest challenge right now–but I’m trying! Looking forward to reading a Richmond blog 🙂 I live in Chesterfield.

  42. I will meet you one day! You are me, but just in a different part of the country! I love your stuff – I am so thankful that we met via Twitter today! (@SarahKayHoffman) You go girl!

  43. Brittany–

    I loved reading your story. So inspirational. You do a great job on your blog. I especially like reading about all of the happenings in RIC since I am a Richmonder myself. Thanks for writing!

  44. I just found your blog. Your story is such an inspiration

  45. Laura J. Critcher says:

    After reading all about you and your blog spot start – and hearing about it from my third year grad student daughter, I was looking forward to spending more time with your recipes. My twenties have long since passed my by 30 years this December but my college graduate students girls keep me up on the healthier side of things.

  46. Recently moved to Richmond and came across your fantastic blog! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  47. Have have I not read your blog ’till now?!? CRAZY…..well, you’re in my GoogleReader now, so that problem has been solved 🙂

    And I am super-envious of your long, gorgeous legs (aaand now I sound like a creeper). The better to DOMINATE runs with!!

    Excited to go back and read past posts, and follow your blog as you continue to write, eat, run, and live!

  48. I love your style of eating/cooking. What are you most conscious about? how many calories something has? how much protein? how much fat? where the ingredients come from?

  49. Great recipes. Enjoyed stumbling upon your blog.

  50. Pretty nice information and congratulations on your realization/achievements and thanks for sharing some good information!

  51. Hi, I like your blog alot. I found your blog while doing research on promoting healthy eating blogs. My wife just started a blog (http://www.healthyincandyland.com/) and I am trying to help her increase her readership. I found your blog and you have a lot in common with my wife. Your outlook on life and food is very similar. Even some of your recipes sound like things she makes for our family. Anyway, if you have time, please take a look at her blog and if you have any tips on blogging, I would love to hear them.

    Keep up the good work.

  52. Really happy I found your blog!!

  53. Just found your blog and I love it! Cant wait to read more. I do have a really random question, I am a new blogger using wordpress and I was wondering how you got your twitter facebook RSS and mail all in one line I still cannot figure it out! Thanks Kate

  54. haha its okay! I am about to do that I have no idea what I am doing!

  55. I was googling “healthy eating blogs” and yours was one of the first that came up. This is just what I needed to start my journey to eating healthy!

  56. Found your blog from Tina’s (FaithFitnessFun) and I thought I’d say hi. 🙂

    You look fabulous! Congrats on your weight loss. 🙂

  57. Hi!
    Ohmygosh, I am so happy I found your blog! Oftentimes, I find myself getting lost in the blogosphere and boy am I glad I did because it led me right here. I love your insight, specifically the part about the weight loss being “slow and healthy.” I’m on a weight loss journey (I ‘officially’ started it a few weeks ago and am down 5 lbs.) and am getting back to the habits I used to have (i.e., running and making healthier food choices). I packed on a good 30 pounds while I was in law school and now that I’m engaged and employed, I’m trying to just get healthy. Anyhoo, I love your blog and am very grateful for the inspiration! 🙂

  58. fromthecityofcheesesteaks says:

    So glad i found your blog. it’s just what I need right now to keep me motivated!

  59. AmberDenea says:

    Your blog is so helpful and encouraging! I have a very simular background and development of a passion for nutrition and fitness. (I also love ethnic food such as Thai, more than a traditional American food) Thank you for taking the time an effort to share your nutrition insite!

  60. Great blog. I am a reformed junkfood head who is trying hard to live a healthy lifestyle. You have great information and good food advice.

  61. I am sooo excited to finally find a blog by someone who shares the same interest in food and health as I do. I work around people 4 days a week who chastise me about what I eat. Mind you, they eat fatty greasy foods and I don’t say a word. We had a meeting the other day where our manager ordered pizza and I ate a power bar and one lady said to me aren’t you going to eat pizza instead of that bird seed? I’m not one to turn it around and say what pizza does to your body and how unhealthy it is for you. I decided to change my lifestyle about 3 months ago and I’ve lost about 20 pounds and couldn’t be happier. Thanks for such great motivation.

  62. MarmandeintheKitchen says:

    I just found your blog and I think I bookmarked half the recipes! I had been looking for a healthy apple butter recipe forever, but every one I found used sooo much sugar. Look forward to reading more!

  63. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and love it!!! You are so adoreable!
    But I can definitely relate to your high school experience. I never knew anything was wrong with my eating habits and my weight. Thank goodness, I learned!!!! I have come a long way in my personal journey! When you get a chance, check my blog out at http://www.yourfoodsmiles.com!

  64. Hey, I just stumbled across this site and fell in love. I too went through an experience like yours where I lost about 25 lbs (I moved to Taiwan for half a year) and my eating and lifestyle have never been the same since. It’s amazing how nice it is to feel good about your body and be confident with your eating. I love this and will probably be a faithful follower now 🙂

  65. Great blog, I’m also in my 20’s and felt the same way in college. You’ve hit the nail on the head here- it’s abou a healthy lifestyle not about “dieting”. Keep up the great posts.

  66. This is so inspirational! I’ve also gotten into whole and healthy foods after eating badly for a long time, and it makes me feel so much better! 🙂

  67. Thank you for adding me on Twitter! Your blog is great! I’m so sorry about your recent medical news. It sounds like you have a very strong head on your shoulders and will figure out how to heal yourself. I’m adding you to my reader, can’t wait for your future posts 🙂

  68. I have to laugh b/c it sounds like we ate nearly the exact same foods growing up. I used to LOVE Little Debbies. He he. I also grew up in a small town (in Indiana) and the only ethnic food I ate was Chinese then when I moved to Santa Barbara for college I was like WHOA!!!! Sooo many wonderful places to eat. My very very favorite food is Indian. Love.

  69. I’m late to the party, but so glad I found your blog. It’s truly inspirational. After reading a few entries, I find myself already being more mindful of what I eat. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  70. Awesome blog! I’m going through a fitness transition myself, and reading about yours is really inspiring. Thank you for sharing!!! I am also blogging about my journey if you want to check it out 🙂

  71. Very very inspiring website. Great job and good luck!

  72. I just ‘stumbled’ across your blog and am really glad I did. I look forward to digging deeper and trying out some of your recipes too! I recently started a blog with a friend of mine: http://nuts4health.ca/ Stop by if you get the chance and let us know what you think 🙂

  73. Hey! I just found your blog through Twitter. Love it! I saw you’re going through the IIN program, too. I’m thinking of doing the same. I’d love to make a career change in the next few years. Best of luck with it. Can’t wait to keep reading.

  74. I love your blog- and story!! I am a 20 something online marketing professional living in Virginia Beach, so I feel a kinship. 🙂

  75. I love your blog. I read it every week at work and it’s very inspiring. Thank you!

  76. Hello 🙂 I found your blog and I must say– you are an inspiration! I do have a question for you though, my boyfriend is a really picky eater when it comes to healthy food and I was wondering if you have any good tips to help him become more open-minded to foods like fish and vegetables? Currently, he is trying to lose almost 60pounds but can’t seem to shake his addiction to French fries and fast food.
    Any advice you can offer would be a huge help! Thanks! 😀

  77. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs says:

    Just stumbled along your blog (does everyone check out bloggers’ about me first? I sure do!) and can’t wait to read more 😀

  78. Renee Rasmussen says:

    Hi! I just found your webiste from Tasty Kitchen. Glad I found it. I just learned about small changes and mild exercies. I’ve yo-yo dieted for about 10 years. I just started logging everything I ate and doing 20 min on a stationary bike a day. Man what a difference 20 min a day makes! Plus i’m more aware of what food I eat now and how they affect my weight. I’m deffinetly going to follow your blog. thank you for keeping it up!

  79. I just added you to my Google Reader today! I really appreciate your writing style and approach to healthy eating, exercising, and otherwise living. I’m looking forward to keeping up with your blog!

  80. Yours is the kind of blog I have to follow. Having struggled with my weight throughout, I lost it all with a great exercise routine and healthy eating habits. But I gained ungainly amount of weight in my pregnancy and haven’t been able to shake it off even after 2 years. I know the reason but somehow I don’t find myself motivated enough to do the needful.
    I hope to feel encouraged from your story and bring about a positive change in my life.

  81. Hey can I just say that you are GORGEOUS at any weight! I can see my story in yours as well! Feel free to check out my blog:)!

  82. Celestial says:

    If you don’t mind me asking but how much did you weigh to begin with? And what is a normal day of eating for you, about how many calories? I love your blog and I am looking to lose weight. Right now I am on the Ideal Protein diet which restricts carbs to about 20 and I starve alot….so I am looking to do it the healthy way.

  83. Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! You’ve totally inspired me to revisit my healthy eating/living ways of a past life! 🙂

  84. Wow you sound alot like me, gotta love that southern food!! I’m trying to lose about 20 pounds right now too and your story is so inspiring!! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!!

  85. Hey! This is an awesome blog and I am glad I stumbled upon it. Can’t wait to keep reading.

  86. I randomly stumbled on your blog while searching for a recipe to make my own Mayan Harvest Bake (Thanks! BTW) and discovered that you’re from my hometown and appear to have gone to my college (based on the random sampling of Mason references)! Small world, huh? Looking forward to reading more and using your blog to help my family live a healthier lifestyle!

  87. Hi there! I just came across your blog and can easily relate to your experiences. It is easy to overindulge, but once you find a balance everything seems to fall into place. Becoming healthy is a journey and isn’t something that will happen over night. I just started my own blog as well and hope that I can inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle as you have.

    I look forward to trying some of the recipes you have posted!

  88. Hi Brittany! So great to meet you and read more about you! I know it’s been a great journey for you so far~but congrats on your progression in health 😀

  89. hahaha! That is great, my husband often says I eat a lot of birdfood. And, sometimes when I make him something he says,” what is this?, I’m not a bird”. And then eats it because it’s yummy. Great blog, glad I found you:)

  90. Love your recipes, balanced approach to health, and your common sense suggestions! A dear friend forwarded your blog to me and I have since suggested it to many others. Keep writing and sharing ~ you are bound for ongoing success. Thanks for all!

  91. Hi! I just discovered your wonderful little blog when I googled “healthy eating blogs!” Yours was the first one to pop up so I decided to visit it. You are now in my top 5 of blogs! I read your little bio and thats what hooked me. I am 19 years old, and have recently lost 40 pounds. I went to university already a solid girl (ha, thats the term people have been describing me as for years) and actually lost weight, but that changed when exams hit and I lost all sense of health as I felt the pressure to dedicate my entirety to my studies. THe summer after freshman year I knew that my sense of depression was tied to my health and how I looked. I started a low-carb program that Im now getting off. I work out almost everyday and now low-carb isn’t cutting it since I need more energy. I still have 10-15 more pounds I’d like to lose, but I know I can do it with healthy eating, regular exercise. I just need more energizing foods….and I really want to eat oatmeal again!
    Thanks for being so inspiring and honest 🙂

  92. Hi Brittany,
    I love your story. It is a story that a lot of people have about how they ate while growing up. I have always been searching for better health, because this body has gone through a lot of transitions (good — like yours). I never had a weight problem, but I just did not feel well after eating. That may have been food allergies, because now I have figured out a way to eat healthier and have less bad days. My motto: Eating Healthy Should Be a Way of Life. Thank you for the SunWarrior product. I think it is a great product and have signed up to be an affiliate, as well. I told them I found them at your site.
    I also think, this country has always looked at health backwards. We wait until we have a crisis, and then we do something about it. Where in essence, if we started taking care of ourselves now, there would be fewer fire drills down the road. This situation with the adult population heading toward 70% obesity– well, it is not acceptable. And our youngsters are facing a similar situation. Anyway, I could go on and on. My other blog: http://www.nutritionandhealthexpress.com has many other issues I have written on. I am also pushing for change on my facebook page. Thank you, Brittany
    Thomas OBrien from Los Angeles

  93. Hi! I’ve been following your blog for some time now. You’re very inspiring and have fantastic recipes 🙂 I too am enrolled at IIN – such an exciting year ahead! I look forward to your new posts!!

  94. Im from Richmond, too! I came across your page through janetha, she helped me start bfl and I saw that you did it, also! Anyways, love your blog I’ve been browsing thru your old posts!

    • Hi Betty. I’m glad you found my blog!
      It’s cool that you’re from Richmond as well. Are you doing BFL now?

      • I’m on week 7 now.. I had a to work on and I’ve lost 27 lbs but I have a lot to go.. I wasn’t eating terrible before, just not the right things, so I’ve now gotten on track with clean eating and love it!

  95. So glad I stumbled upon your web site! You eat like I do!! I’m from Tennessee and it was hard to go against the grain – foodwise. I often heard, “What are you eating, now?” I’ve been so discouraged with my post pregnancy body and I needed some serious motivation to get back in shape. I’m going to start following your blog. Thanks!

  96. LOVE your blog! The title is what drew me in. It’s true. Healthy food is delicious!I think we have a lot in common and I’d love to swap health tips with you!! I have a similar blog: kaleandcocoa.blogspot.com – you should check it out!


  97. Luv your blog!! I am also going through IIN’s program to become a health counselor-can’t wait to start!! I wish you great success! 🙂

  98. Amazing story!

  99. Brittany – I just was sitting down to watch “Forks Over Knives” and mentioned it to my friend M. She then proceeded to share your site with me. What an absolute treat and so inspiring. You’re a wonderful leader in informing people about changing their lives through diet (esp clean eating) and exercise! Looking forward to following you! – Cheers!

  100. Hi Brittany! Wow!! I can’t believe how much your blog has grown since I remember you first mentioning it back in the way day! Congratulations! I don’t know if you remember me (and probably not the appropriate place to be giving out details including names) but I wanted to congratulate you on your success and I look forward to seeing what else you have in store!

  101. I just wanted you to know how much I love your blog. You always have such fun content. Keep it up!

  102. Hi Brittany,

    Awesome approach to healthy living and Great Job! I was overweight for a majority of life myself, although I was very active. But healthy eating is definitely an important component of a healthy liftstyle. I didn’t start eating healthy until my late 20’s, but it has done wonders for me since. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more posts.

  103. Hello there! I just discovered your blog, and love it! Thanks for the great content!

  104. Hey Britt, I just wanted to say thanks for the fabulous recipes you’ve posted. They look great and I can’t wait to try them out–especially the Mayan Harvest Bake. I’ve tried the Kashi version and it is great, so I am really looking forward to using your recipe for it.

  105. Danielle says:


    I love your Blog. I just moved to Virgina from Boston. I grew up in a family that loved to make heavy italian food. I learned more about nutrition and worked as a healthy eating specialist for whole foods. Now I work as a cater producing healthier foods made with natural ingridents. The school you mention is interesting, I am always wanting to furthure my nutritional knowledge.

    • Hi Danielle,

      I’m glad you found my blog! It sounds like you have had some really fun jobs. I’m jealous. 🙂 Where in VA do you live?

    • Danielle says:

      I live in Viriniga Beach. I was recently in Richmond though, my husband and I are starting a communal kithen for caters and people producing food that need a certified kitchen to work out of. The only communal kitchen close is in Richmond. I have been looking through all your recipes and there great! Its always nice to find interesting healthy versions of things. I am making the peanut butter yogurt for my father-in-law, who believes peanut butter should be in everything, and the banana pudding this weekend. 🙂

  106. Danielle says:

    Hi Brittany!

    I just found your blog when looking for variations on a recipe. I’m trying the quinoa cakes but with crushed pistachios and lemon…yum! What a great introduction to an even more awesome website 🙂

    Question though: how did you become a hollistic health trainer? I’m often giving nutrition and fitness advice, to the point where my coworkers are ready for me to be their life coach :p But I would love to fnd out more on how to become accredited or somehow legitimized.

    Can’t wait to show share this with my family. Thanks!


  107. I stumbled upon your blog about a week ago, and when I realized we have the same love for rolled oats with chia seeds, almond milk, and peanut butter (I eat them every single morning for breakfast!), I knew it was a blog I had to bookmark! I will definitely be a frequent reader! Thanks for the recipes too. I made the black bean stew this week and am loving it! Have you ever tried pumpkin pie steel cut oats in a crock pot? Definitely a wonderful smell to wake up to in the morning!

  108. Hey! Just found your blog, and instantly LOVE it because my boyfriend says all I eat is bird food! Anyway, thought I’d say hi and say congrats on the upcoming wedding!

  109. I had such a similar experience! I didn’t realize that I was somewhat large in high school until now when I look back at pictures of myself. I got to college determined to avoid the freshman 15 and working out became a major part of my life. Now, I’m addicted to it and I’ve lost over 30 lbs in the past three years just by exercising and eating a bit healthier.

  110. Yours is an inspiring story Brittany! Look forward to seeing more about it on our blog. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!

  111. I found your site through another blog and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

  112. Just wanted to say hi and congratulations on your really informative blog. Some great ideas on here I’ll have to try.

  113. Just found the blog through your green smoothie link that Vitamix posted on their FB page. Looks like lots of great recipes and information here. I’ve bookmarked you and will be back to visit. Thank you!

  114. I was the same way in high school with just eating whatever and not really thinking about it. I didn’t realize that I was somewhat heavy until I had lost 30 lbs. during college (and have maintained the weightloss) for the past 4 years. Sometimes it is hard to continually eat healthy and be content, but keeping those things in mind help. I really like your blog so far! Keep it up!

  115. Natalie says:

    Hi, I’m over in England UK and just discovered your blog! I’ve tried a couple of your recipes and really enjoyed them so I’ll be back! Thank you for inspiring me to eat and live a healthier lifestyle from half way around the world! xx

  116. Celeste says:

    How do you cope when you go home to eat your mom’s food? Do you just eat it and then work it off later or ? Has your family changed their eating? By the way, this is my all time fav blog!

    • My family knows that my eating habits have changed so they try to cook healthier when I’m around. Even still, I always bring my own dish to cook-outs so I can introduce them to healthy food that tastes good too. They read EBF and try some of the recipes, which totally warms my heart. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words. I hope you continue to enjoy EBF.

  117. I am very inspired by your healthy lifestyle and I am so glad I found your blog!

  118. Hi! I just sent you a message on Facebook! Kath from kath eats real food recommended I contact you for Richmond restaurant recommendations! I really enjoyed reading your journey. So inspiring!

  119. This site is super great! Found it via FitSugar.

  120. Brenda Perkins says:

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog! Just found it and keep find interesting things and recipes. I too love Almond Breeze and make a fabulous pancake using the vanilla flavored. My husband and I have recently lost 80+ pounds each due to eating healthier and making sure we walk at least 4 miles a day. Therefore, I have taken several favorite recipes and adapted them to fit our new lifestyle. Thank you so much for your time and adding such great information and recipes for others to enjoy!

  121. leigh frayn says:

    i look forward to your emails / updates, i share them with my mom and daughter, i am 49 and just discovered yoga a year ago, i have maintained a healthy weight not lost, but am eating so much more mindful now, i love the ideas and recipies as well as your cheerful advice! (: i stumbled on you and am so happy i did!! i would love to try the kind bars , hope i win!! (:
    thank you for sharing , you are helping more people than you realize!

    Leigh Frayn

  122. Like your blog!
    I started blog about five food groups and healthy eating. Like to learn more
    about benefits of different kinds of food, especially fruits and vegetables.

  123. Wow! Just found you when googling garlicky kale! Your amazing and my new inspiration!

  124. Hi! I’m so glad I found your blog. I was in the same shoes growing up…I was over the avg weight but didn’t think much of it. Then university came and I actually started gaining that freshman 15 before I realized I needed to do something about it. It’s so great to know someone that has gone through the same. I exercise everyday but I would only use full fat ingredients in my baking. Check out my blog at mysweetfrostings.blogspot.ca!

  125. Hi there! I just found your blog and love all the recipes you have. I can’t wait to start making them. I try to eat healthy most of the time. I love working out and running is my passion. Thanks for the great blog!!

  126. Just found your blog and am loving it so far. As a recently engaged girl, I thought your fiance’s post about your engagement was so sweet. Just wanted to stop by and give you a blogging thumbs up 🙂

  127. Hi Brittany, I’m from Chile! I’ve been having fun with your tips and recipes.
    I really enjoy your posts about new products that I can try and incorporate into my kitchen.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your time and experience.
    A big hug,

  128. Hello, I’m a 45 year old female about 5’8″ and 50 pounds over weight. I eat like you did when you were in high school. What would you recommend for me to get started on healthy eating. What would you recommend first. I am always tired and have a hard time with will power. HELP!!!!
    Thank you.
    You look great

  129. Love love love your blog! I look forward to it popping up in my inbox each day. I started my healthy eating and workout journey about 2 years ago and blogs have been a monumental portion of my inspiration. Your blog is fun, inspiring, and drool worthy. Keep it up!

  130. Hey just discovered yourblog searching the internet looking for healthy but yummy recipes. As I type your banana oatmeal cups are baking away, looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!

  131. Hi! Just finally met Isaac last night when he played violin for a wedding I attended. I taught Sydney! Anyway, he told me about your blog, and I’m excited to be following it now. 🙂

  132. I stumbled upon this website. I’m amazed at the information you have here. I love healthy tips and recipes. Thank you so much 🙂 do you have any recipe for face cream for oily skin? Sona

  133. Hey! I loved reading your “About me” – in part because it felt like my own, a little bit! Though my motivation/action came later than yours, we went to college at the same time (fall ’03) and I was motivated to lose weight by being healthy after having my first child. Now I am 4 months post partum with my second and though I haven’t been as committed to eating first and foremost for nutrition (a la Dr. Esselstyn or Dr. Fuhrman), I have maintained eating well and I’m already down to my pre-pregnancy weight before my first child… but my after my first, I managed to lose even more than just baby weight! That’s what I hope to do again, but it seems to be coming off a lot more naturally and without as much intentional effort this time around. Still, I want to be even more attentive to eating for health and hopefully get to my quite healthy weight again. AND to working out 😉 But with two little ones and a husband who works early and late and has varying work schedule (he’s a clergyman), that’s the toughest part!! Anyways, excited to have stumbled upon your blog. My current two faves are Oh She Glows and Eat to Live (the latter is a friend of mine, too, which makes it extra fun)… but I think yours might make that a triple threat!! Cheers!

  134. Eeps!! I mean Eat Live Run! Eat to Live is the book that inspired me initially 😉

  135. I just wanted to say that your recipes have been awesome! I don’t recall how I stumbled onto your page, but we were making your snobby joes with the quickness and decided in about 4 seconds it would be a regular star on our blended meat eating and vegetarian household dinner table. I am the vegetarian, but I am not vegan. I don’t like cheese. I don’t like lots of things and somehow all your recipes sound like the best buffet of my life (if they were all made together). You inspired me to try chia seeds. I wish I had found this page when I started my weight watcher’s journey in January. I have lost 50 pounds, and I look forward to incorporating your food ideas into the last 20ish pounds until I get to my goal weight and to sharing your gems in the meetings.
    Finally to the point, since you have helped me out, I am voting for your fitness magazine picture every day until you win to return your favor. 🙂 Thank you so much for putting all this together for the finding.

  136. Hi there,
    I love your blog! I am very interested in healthy eating and appreciate the great recipes you share. The cauliflower pizza is awesome, my husband even enjoyed it (a meat and potatoes man). Slowly I’m changing his eating habits; with the help of your recipes he realizes healthy food can taste good. Thank you.
    P.S. Tried the Pumpkin Pie smoothie; loooooove it!

  137. Can you use Braggs ACV to get rid of skin tags? I heard the ACV with mother would remove the skin tags. I don’t know how often or the proper application? any sugestions?, thanks Boyce 🙂

  138. Hello- I wanted to let you know that I am moving to Richmond and so happy I came across your sight! I am so excited to visit all the restaurants and yoga/wellness centers you have listed! THANKS HEAPS!

  139. Hi Brittney!

    I love your blog! I want to start a blog, can you recommend a blog to use?


  140. If you ever send out emails with your blog please let me know. I would like to receive your blog on my email. I enjoy learning how to take a regular recipe and making it healthy.

  141. I recently just found your blog from ‘google’ing apple cider vinegar. Wow! I can not wait to try some of your recipes! I just recently started my healthy lifestyle change too and hope to feel and look a little better. How do you create a healthy diet plan for yourself and know what your body needs exactly for weight loss results? I have read so many things about how to eat healthy and exercise but I want to know how to do it specifically for me. Thanks for your time!

  142. Camilla Soares says:



    I just found your web literally 30 minutes ago while trying to find more info on the drink I recently bought at WF ” Bragg Apple Cider All Natural Drink”. People at work always make fun at me by my eating habits constantly saying that I eat bird food which for me sounds like a complement.

    In my case I just refused to eat the regular American diet since I am originally from Brasil and just can’t stand the ready to go food, sodas, fast-food for lunches…I grew up eating papaya every day in the morning, fresh squeeze juices from unimaginable tropical fruits, having grains, organic salads/veggies and meat without the use of any hormones.

    Love, love what you write, the recipes and will plan to serve some of them at my son’s birthday party next weekend !

    Thank you for the great source of information – I am a big fan already!


  143. I am going to try your recipe for roasted kabocha squash.

    I have been trying more veggies because a lot of 99 cent or Dollar stores are now carrying vegetables. I can try new varieties and I can experiment without paying a small fortune for something I may not like.

  144. Thank you for your inspiration. So many of us wish that we had the same determination and commtiment as you. Keep up the good work!

  145. Vanessa Shepley says:

    I really enjoyed ready your story
    Thank you <3

    Vanessa J Shepley

  146. Suzanne Meehan says:

    Hi Brittany, I’ve decided to phase out chemical based skincare and came uopn your site with your recipe for natural moisturiser. I’m definitely going to try it. I really like your ethos and I hope to make 2013 a healthier year. Best wishes from England and thanks for an inspiring website, Suzanne

  147. Oh my gosh I am so glad I just found your blog!! I am a senior at VCU who recently went vegan so I couldn’t be more thankful for finding someone my age, living in my city, who is also vegan! THANK YOU SO MUCH WOW!!!

  148. I am currently a freshman college student this year and on a tight budget its not always easy eating healthy. Although, simple healthy recipes and few ingredients can go a long way I have learned. Reading your blog was inspiring and some more motivation my way so, thank you and keep up the awesome recipes!

  149. I just found your blog researching organic apple cider vinegar. We have been trying your overnight oats and love them! Our journey is just beginning. Wish us luck!

  150. I truly enjoy exploring and attempting your recipes. You are quite an inspiration. The photos are amazing! Keep up the good work!


  151. Have just read your article on Cider Vinegar and wonder if you have heard that Cider Vinegar is good for rosacia. I found an article by a lady who makes a face mask up using organic cider vinegar, baking soda, food grade hydrogen peroxide. She claims that this face mask has cleared her rosacia. I dont really want to take the standard anti biotics that our gp’s prescribe and am looking for a natural alternative.

    • Rita,
      Could you tell me where you found this article? I was just recently diagnosed with rosacea and would love to bypass medications if at all possible. Have you tried the mask yet? Please let me know. Thank you!

      • Hi Rita and Heather, I was diagnosed with Rosacea a year ago by a dermatologist and prescribed the standard antibiotics and rosacea cream. I tried the cream first for a few weeks – no improvement. After a lot of research on the internet I discovered that rosacea is linked to an overgrowth of the microscopic skin mite, demodex. (Sounds yucky but most people have them!) They usually live harmlessly on skin, but cause rosacea when there are too many of them. I discovered that tea tree oil is used to treat demodex that live on the hairy parts of the face – eyelashes and eyebrows. I thought it was worth a try before going onto antibiotics (which I wasn’t keen to do.) So I got a bottle of tea tree oil (cheap as chips from a health store). I put a few drops neat onto my eyebrows and felt instant relief! I hadn’t realised that my eyebrows were actually itching, and felt the difference immediately. I mixed the tea tree oil in with my face cream, shampoo, shower gel, etc. and after a week the rosacea was completely gone and has never returned! I stopped using the tea tree oil after several weeks. I highly recommend this as a treatment for rosacea and am relieved that I never resorted to antibiotics. What a simple, cheap remedy – why don’t doctors tell you this stuff??!! Just be careful with tea tree oil around the eyes – demodex live around the eyelash roots so you need to get the oil in there – just make it quite diluted. Fine to put it neat on eyebrows though. Hope this helps you. Wanted to also say that my husband recently started using ACV for gallstones. Doctors said he would have to have surgery to remove the gallbladder – no other option. We discovered ACV which slowly dissolves the stones and we haven’t looked back. My husband still has his gallbladder – healthy and intact!

  152. Hi! What kind of dog is Olive? Do you count calories or weigh yourself? You look great and I am wondering if you might share your weight and height? I am battling anorexia and I don’t know what a healthy weight is for my height. I am trying to heal and would love to learn from your blog. Thanks so much.

  153. Aaron levin says:

    Hi I was wondering are you a vegan?

  154. Hey Brittany , just wanted to say that I love your blog! I stumbled upon it the other day and have been using all of your recipes since:) I am loving all of the green smoothie recipes, they are delicious! Your blog is so easy to follow, yet contains so much information! Keep up the great work! -Holly (Australia)

  155. Your blog is so inspiring for all the healthy tips and wonderful recipes you post! I have nominated you for the Shine On award, which can be found here http://milesforthought.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/shine-on-award/ Thank you for your great posts!

  156. I am a 52 year old woman working my way into health and fitness while coping with the sudden death of my husband, working fulltime, and going to school fulltime. Your posts are Interesting, beneficial, and inspirational to me! Thanks, and please carry on!

    • Sorry for your loss. I am 50, going through a breakup, & also trying to get in better shape. Best wishes.

  157. Great Story! I’m motivated! I .ve let myself go… I’m getting back in Shape and staying that way. determined to feel and look better than even before. thanks!


  158. Hi! What kind of dog is Olive? Do you count calories or weigh yourself? You look great and I am wondering if you might share your weight and height? I am battling anorexia and I don’t know what a healthy weight is for my height. I am trying to heal and would love to learn from your blog. Thanks so much.

    I would appreciate hearing from you, Brittany!

  159. Hi Brittany! Just wanted to say thank you for your lovely website! I have tried several of your recipes over the last couple of weeks and they have all been delicous! Keep up the amazing work!

  160. I was wondering that if you take more than 2 T per day would it give you a bigger boost in the benefits of losing weight and other things

  161. Did you go to George Mason too? Go Patriots!

  162. stumbled across an article of yours on scoliosis and Yoga. was wondering if the Yoga helped with your progression. I think mine is progressing, and I used to practice Yoga in my college years, and have been feeling that I’m being drawn back to it as it would ease my back pain and tightness I’ve been experiencing lately. Thanks for the link to the dvd:)

    from one Southern girl to another,

  163. Hey Brittany! I just found you on G+. So nice to meet you! Glad to meet other “healthies” over there. Let’s stay in touch!

  164. Hi again! Where can I subscribe to your site?

  165. terra in tn says:

    What is your take on soaking and dehydrating nuts to remove phytic acid? I just learned about this last week and haven’t eaten any since…if I have to go to this much trouble, I may cut them out of my diet. PS thanks for the blog posts and recipes!

  166. what major were you in college? 🙂

  167. Nice job on the site. Looks great. Thanks for all the info on eating well, I think its so valuable and misunderstood.

  168. Hello new friend! So glad to have found you today. Look forward to catching up on all you’ve been munching lately. (Like teff! Totally gonna be the IT grain!) 🙂 xoxo – Em

  169. I recently started using ACV to help with uric acid and absolutely loving it. I still don’t understand how exactly it contains uric acid production in body but it works so who cares. Good to know it has other benefits too. Found your blog about ACV very helpful.

  170. Hi Brittany! Just found your blog while looking at ACV health benefits. I love you blog and look forward to reading all your recipes!

  171. I have not been on your blog in forever and when I stopped by today I saw you remodeled (or at least from the last time I saw it!) It is beautiful! Are you going through wordpress?

  172. I forgot to notify follow-ups!

  173. Hi Britanny,
    Your story is really inspirational. I think we have that much in common. I found changing my eating habits really helped me become healthier and happier. I have a blog ( http://www.amandasamigos.com ) about vegan food and fitness if you want to check it out and you can see how I lost 25lbs by going vegan. http://youtu.be/y48RpKYlWgQ
    Keep up the great site!

  174. Hi – Just discovered your blog and am loving the healthy recipes!
    I’m also a graduate of IIN and have been working with Ingredient1 to develop a free nutrition tool to help people with restrictions discover the best foods for them. It’s great to use with clients and it’s diet agnostic with zero negative messaging. Would love for you to check it out! http://bit.ly/ingredient1app

  175. Thank you so much for sharing! I am starting the program at IIN in July this year and I couldn’t be more excited. I went from being a little overweight but really athletic to being almost 240lbs after starting my desk job in Advertising after college…yiiiikes. I’m happy to report that I have found balance and have lost 53lbs and I’m still going. I did it by adopting a healthy lifestyle and educating myself by reading tons of articles and blogs like yours and WellnessMama. Thank you again for putting yourself out there and helping to create a healthier world!

  176. Marsha Green says:

    Peach and blueberry oatmeal recipe tried this morning. My husband said it was like dessert for breakfast. Thanks.

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