About Me

Hi! My name is Jessica, and I’m 22 years old. I just graduated from New York University with a degree in German and Linguistics…perhaps not the most lucrative of majors, but fun nonetheless.

Me (in the lovely purple gown) with my brothers at Yankee Stadium.

Me (in the lovely purple gown) with my brothers at Yankee Stadium.

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia (hence my temporary header – I’m a huge Phillies fan!) but am moving to Ann Arbor, MI with my brother at the end of the month. That’s primarily why I created this blog – my life is about to go through a huge change (moving to a place I’ve only visited for two days before, getting a “real” job, living with my brother…), and I’d like to use this blog to document this transition, to keep myself healthy and accountable, and also to try to connect to new people in the Ann Arbor area.

I started reading food blogs at the very end of the school year, as a way to find new, healthier recipes. Before I knew it, my view of nutrition and fitness had almost completely changed, and I couldn’t be happier.

All through high school and college, I struggled with living a healthy lifestyle. I tended towards extremes – I would restrict and obsessively count calories (eating mostly processed and pre-packaged foods) and exercise every day, or I would sit around barely moving, eating what I wanted when I wanted (and sometimes when I didn’t). My senior year was a real wake-up for me – I had a new, more professional job on campus, and I wanted to feel good about myself for a change. I “discovered” the elliptical at the gym (I’ve been a swimmer all my life and always hated running), and in November I went from having never run outdoors before to doing a 10k in 30 degree weather with 10,000 other people during the annual “Turkey Trot” in Cincinnati. I don’t know if it was the feeling of accomplishment, the fact that I finished (without walking, even!), or that great “runner’s high”, but I was hooked, and I’m happy to say yesterday I achieved a personal distance record of 9.4 miles!

My first race...and first time running outside!

My first race...and first time running outside!

My exercise habits changed early on, but it took awhile for my eating habits to catch on, which is where reading blogs came in. Through little changes over the summer, I’ve begun to focus on eating fresh, local produce, limiting meat, and eating more organically in general. I credit this all to the blog world, and through it, I’ve discovered some of my favorite foods, including Greek yogurt, kale salads, and every kind of nut butter imaginable. I love to cook, and am constantly looking for exciting recipes to try. I hope my actively participating in the blog world can only further my passion for all things food!

“Following Foodie”, or, a disclaimer of sorts

Central Kansas Free Fair "fare" - curly fries, funnel cake and fried okra :)

Central Kansas Free Fair "fare" - curly fries, funnel cake and fried okra :)

I consider myself to be something of a foodie – I get a thrill out of going to grocery stores, and nothing excites me more than getting to try a new food or eat at a new restaurant. Hence the name of my blog. Some people visit museums or go on tours to acquaint themselves with a new place; I like to sample the local cuisine, be it local foods or even just local restaurants. I get the most enjoyment out of the foods available. So although I like to think of this as a “healthy eating” blog, where I try to document my day-to-day foods and how I try to make a healthy living for myself, the occasional curly fries in Kansas, cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, and ice cream…everywhere…might show up.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donna  |  August 31, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Enjoyed your meal ideas ! Simple and appetizing.

    Reply
    • 2. followingfoodie  |  September 1, 2009 at 1:53 am

      Thanks :) That’s what I’m going for – I’m glad you enjoyed!

      Reply
  • 3. blissfulbellas  |  November 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Hey i stumbled onto your site while looking for other ann arbor foodies…this is great! :D

    Reply

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