Hi! Welcome to Fueling with Real Food! I’m Misty, a marketing and sales girl with a master’s who decided to take a leap and turn my passions into a career. Today, I’m a nutrition coach, certified personal trainer, and fitness instructor. I love what I do and love getting to share it with others. Fitness and nutrition have changed my life, and for the past two years, I’ve been sharing parts of my journey on social media. I’m super excited to finally be here to spread good vibes and share more about health and happiness!
MY DIET & RECIPES
For 20 years, I was a professional dieter, and in 2010, I decided to go vegetarian. About a year later, I went all in on a 100% plant-based diet. I loved it and highly respect those committed to the lifestyle. Between 2010 and 2016, I moved between a vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian diet. During those years, I was digging deep to discover who I was as a person, as well as the diet that matched my lifestyle and physical activity.
Today, I focus on yummy, colorful real food. I don’t deprive myself of anything, and I don’t consider myself to be on any specific diet. I am still meat and poultry free, and it’s a rare occasion that I consume dairy. What my diet mainly consists of is what you’ll find in my recipes: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, some grains, eggs, fish, and seafood. I love healthy fats, spices, and herbs. I believe in all things lemon, avocado, and coconut! I trust real food that comes from mother nature, and if it must have a label, I believe in reading the ingredient list – without fail!
As a basketball player in high school and college, I grew up an athlete, and up until two years ago, my fitness and running habits would come and go. Today, fitness is my lifestyle. My favorite workouts are high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training; it’s no coincidence that that’s what you’ll find me teaching in the studio. I also have a passion for running, and I especially love race days, finish lines, t-shirts, and medals! I love the running community, the energy, and pushing myself to do better. I LOVE being my own competition!
I’ve made it my mission to make a career out of the things I love: working out, talking about nutrition, and cooking real food to enjoy with family and friends.
I didn’t grow up cooking, so I was a late bloomer when it came to knowing my way around a kitchen and a grocery store. Once I decided to take control of my mental health, I started studying nutrition, supplementation, and the gut-brain connection. I learned how misleading some of the food industry’s marketing is and how toxic “food-like substances” are on our overall physical and mental well-being. It was then that cooking became more important than convenience, and like everything else, I’ve turned my passion into “my work.”
I believe in finding easy and delicious ways to fuel our bodies the right way and love nothing more than sharing new finds with friends and family. The recipes you’ll find here are the foods we enjoy at home and are free of dairy, soy, gluten, meat, and poultry. As endurance athletes, rest assured I’ll be sharing several ways to fuel for those long training and race days.
MY SPARE TIME
When I’m not cooking, working out, coaching, training, or running, I love spending time with my boyfriend Paul, fur babies, friends, family, and especially my niece Lakyn! I believe we should laugh every chance we get, follow our hearts, live for today, control the controllables, and always maintain perspective! I’m appreciative to my circle of people who have been supportive throughout my entire journey, and for always being my guinea pigs in the kitchen.