Hi. I’m Danielle. I am the author, photographer and recipe developer behind The Lean Clean Eating Machine.
I guess you could call me somewhat of a food snob, but not for the reasons you may think. I take what I eat pretty seriously, mostly because I know how much better I feel when I’m eating whole and organic, quality foods, and who doesn’t want to feel their best 100% of the time?
Beyond wanting to feel great, I also suffer from quite a few food allergies. These particular allergies require me to be even more careful with what I eat, which means that I am also big on preparing my own meals. It’s hard to know what goes into your food unless you make it yourself, but thankfully, I love to cook. It is truly my passion, and I love nothing more than being able to create delicious, all-natural variations of my all time favorite foods, that are not only allergen friendly, but also lighter and healthier.
While I treat my body with the utmost respect today, I haven’t always been this diligent in my efforts.
At the end of 2011, I vowed to make a change in my relationship with food. For years I had jumped from diet to diet, looking for something that would stick, but always resorted back to my old habits of not enough sleep, too much wine and easily accessible processed foods. I constantly felt terrible. I was always tired, always hungry, and always feeling pretty blah in general. I knew that this wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted for myself, but at the time, I was 23 years old, working in a bar and going to school full time, so it wasn’t the easiest transition to make. I knew that in order to become the person I wanted to be, I needed to get out, get active, and start to look at food as fuel for my body rather than a cure for boredom.
Through a little soul searching and a lot of ambition to become both healthier and happier, I find myself today feeling better than I have ever felt before. I got out of the bar, stopped drinking (as much), quit caffeine, cigarettes and any other vices that hindered me from becoming my absolute best. It wasn’t an easy road in the beginning, but I have a wonderful husband named Ben who has supported me every step of the way.
I ventured out to start this blog because I feel that diets are a four-letter word, and that we shouldn’t have to make sacrifices when it comes to the foods we love. I think most of us want to eat healthy, but don’t for various reasons. For one, we don’t want to break the bank with our grocery list. Organic food, or even healthy food in general, can seem scarily expensive in comparison to its’ counterparts, especially if you’re looking to feed an entire family. Secondly, it takes a lot of trial and error in the kitchen that most people don’t have time for. No one wants to spend money on ingredients that they aren’t sure what to do with. We all have busy enough lives without the added stress of meal planning, and there is no need to complicate things any more than they already are. My goal is to take the stress off your plate (literally) by giving you delicious, budget friendly recipes that your family will not only eat, but actually enjoy.
At The Lean Clean Eating Machine, every recipe I post will be both healthy and full of flavor. I don’t believe in eating lackluster food and I wouldn’t expect you to eat it either. My philosophy with food is to eat clean and eat well, and by cooking your own meals, you will see that it isn’t too difficult to have the best of both worlds.