Hi, and Welcome to Simple Nourished Living
After decades of struggle, I was able to lose more than 30 pounds and keep it off while indulging my passion for cooking and eating delicious food.
At 53 I weigh less than I did in my 20s – and am in better shape with so much more energy.
I’m not meaning to brag.
I’m happy and grateful that I was able to end my battle with food and my weight while learning to savor food and life.
I want the same for you!
If you are tired of:
- struggling with what you should eat to finally lose weight and feel good when you look in the mirror.
- fighting with food and your body.
- trying to figure out what to cook for dinner at the end of a long day.
- over complicated recipes with ingredient lists as long as your arm, and lots of steps that often require fancy cooking equipment.
- trying to precisely count points, carbs, sugars, fats, macros or calories day in and day out.
- spending hours trying to figure out what to eat each week, searching for the right recipes, and constructing complicated meal plans.
I can relate.
If like me, you’re wanting to:
- simplify your food life
- maintain your waistline without sacrificing your enjoyment of food
- lose weight and/or keep it off in a way that feels easy, natural and effortless
- feel good in your own skin
- wake up full of energy happy to greet the day
- get in better shape with minimal effort
- grow old as gracefully and vibrantly as possible
- discover your own recipe for improving your health and happiness one bite at a time
You’ve come to the right place.
I’ve LOVED food for as long as I can remember. And I’ve struggled with my weight for almost as long.
Thanks to Weight Watchers I was able to lose 30 pounds and become a Lifetime member. (For more on my journey to becoming a WW Lifetime member.)
My Cooking/Food Philosophy
My fascination with food and cooking began early. I still recollect the fun I had baking giant homemade Oreos for my cousins when I was a kid. I feel most at home puttering around in the kitchen.
I love reading and writing cookbooks, collecting old recipes, experimenting with new ones and remaking the simple comfort foods of my childhood to be lighter and healthier.
Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and overwhelming. It can be simple and straightforward. Really!
In October 2013 I set out to use my slow cooker every day for a year to make Weight Watchers friendly crock pot recipes and eventually turned the favorites into a popular eCookbook. And though I lost momentum at the halfway mark, I still continue to use my slow cooker several days a week. It’s an amazing device for helping you stay slim.
When I’m not experimenting in the kitchen, I share my other passion as a Private Yoga Instructor, where I specialize in helping adults over 50 discover the powerful benefits of gentle yoga. And I’ve recently begun using and selling essential oils.
It’s taken me
years decades to find my personal recipe for living happy, healthy and slim. For a long time it felt like a struggle that would never end. It took patience, time and persistence for me to find my way to lasting weight loss success. I had to let go of the “diet” mentality that kept me stuck and adopt the “healthy lifestyle” and “all things in moderation” wisdom demonstrated by my beloved Nana, who lived to be 93 🙂
I also decided to make it pleasurable by learning to savor life like a French lady the way I first experienced on a life-changing culinary tour to Paris.
There are tons of weight loss blogs and food blogs out there and lots written about losing weight, but nearly not enough about the unique challenges and struggles of keeping it off, especially as you age, which is where this blog comes in.
If I can do it, so can you! I hope you find the information and recipes here helpful in reaching your goals.
Disclaimer/Please Note: I began including nutritional information and Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS values on my recipes in September 2012. I’m a longtime Weight Watchers Lifetime Member who believes strongly in their message that it’s not about dieting; its about embracing a healthy lifestyle. I love that fruits and vegetables are now zero PointsPlus foods on the new PointsPlus program. But this site is not affiliated with Weight Watchers in any way. What I write here is about my personal experience on the plan. The views expressed are my own and do not reflect the views of Weight Watchers and the truth is that I don’t religiously count/track Weight Watchers Points Plus myself. I became a lifetime member in the dark ages back before points and never fully transitioned to them. Do I know how to calculate points? YES! Do, I do it with any regularity? NO! It takes too much ongoing effort for a lazy person like me. I’ve been living at maintenance for several years now and when I feel myself getting out of control I transition to the Simply Filling technique until my weight stabilizes. It’s what works best for me.
Hi, I’m Martha’s brother, Peter.
My journey has been a little different than Martha’s, but I have experience my own weight issues in the past. Nothing that I would classify as major (except for my exit physical from the US Navy way back in 1991). At the time I was young and away from home for the first time – and as many young people do when their in college – I packed on a few extra pounds.
Quite a few extra pounds to be exact. About 40 extra pounds… yikes!!
Thank you fast food, a little too much alcohol and not enough exercise.
But, after getting my discharge (honorable of course) I moved back home and started jogging and eating much more healthy food. Eventually I really got into running and managed to get up to about 6 miles-a-day. Luckily for me, I’ve never had much trouble losing weight. I guess you could say I am good at self-discipline, but that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy.
Through the years and as I grew older, I’ve yo-yo’ed within a 10-15 pound range of my ideal weight. It’s not a scientific “ideal weight” – just the weight I feel most comfortable with myself. In fact, I don’t even have a specific number in mind that I “should weigh.”
I really am all about just feeling comfortable.
Martha started Simple-Nourished-Living long before I became interested in joining her. I did have the technical experience that she needed when she first got going with this blog, but the content was all hers.
As the site grew and I became clear in my own mind that I really do lean towards living a “healthier lifestyle,” Martha invited me to become her partner here on Simple-Nourished-Living.
As you’re aware, most of the content is written by Martha, but I pop-up every now and again with some easy recipes myself. I still tend to do all the technical and “behind-the-scenes” work that’s required to keep a website as large as this one moving along.
We have some fun and exciting content ideas for the coming months, so I hope you keep checking back to see what we’re up to.
All the information presented on Simple Nourished Living is for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical, nutritional, dietary, therapeutic, or any other medical advice. This blog is NOT a substitute for any advice given to you by your physician. Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any weightloss, nutrition or exercise program. Use of the programs, advice, and information contained in this website is at the sole choice and risk of the reader.You can read our full Disclaimer/Disclosure here.
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