The Girl Behind the Blog
Hi babes! Welcome to Lindsey Living Well - a place I’ve created to share my passion for wellness, my ridiculous thoughts, and (most importantly) my love of food.
If you haven’t heard my story, I’m here to enlighten you. And if you have, I’m sorry I tend to ramble, but I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet.
I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food. Or with my body image. Going back to my childhood - when I was seven, I had open heart surgery. As a result, I spent most of my school years hearing that I was "too skinny" or that I "needed to put some meat on" my bones. I couldn’t participate in most sports and even gym class was a stretch, but I tried my hardest to be as active as possible. If I’m being completely honest, though, I relied mostly on having a “great metabolism” ...whatever that means.
That’s until RIGHT around my college graduation in 2014. To spare you the entire sob story, that year was full of extremely tough adjustments. I moved away from some of my best friends and back in with my parents while waiting to get into grad school. My long-term relationship came to a rough, but much needed, end. On top of it all, I struggled with eating and constant weight gain, ending up about 25 pounds heavier than I had ever been in my life. No worries though, it all turned out for the best.
I began to struggle with what I realize now was a binge eating disorder, using food as a crutch to handle the stress and the negative emotions. It took me a while to open up about it, but somewhere along the way I decided I couldn't do it anymore. I wasn’t happy with what I saw in this mirror, I suffered from stomach and digestion issues daily, and food wasn’t bringing me the happiness I desired. I couldn’t stand the fact that I was blatantly taking advantage of my healthy heart.
Even more, I was struggling to eat anything that didn't upset my stomach. I spent afternoons with the GI doctor, trying everything under the sun to get a hold on my digestion: gluten-free, dairy-free, no red meats, low FOPMAP... the list goes on and on. And then they gave me the dreaded, entirely-too-vague diagnosis: IBS. Even more fantastic? There's really no concrete treatment. In the words of my doctor, "it all just depends on the person." SUPER.
Enter a few months later - I created my first “fitstagram” Open Heart Fitness as a way to keep myself motivated and find a support system and hold myself accountable. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I fell in love with working out and using the time in the gym as my crutch instead of food. From there, I became more and more infatuated with nutrition & healing my body from the inside out. I’m constantly reading books and journals, listening to podcasts, testing out healthier meal ideas, etc.
That’s where this blog comes into play. I changed the name of my Instagram to Lindsey Living Well in order to encompass my passion for a clean and balanced lifestyle altogether. I hope to use this space to inspire and empower women to live their best and be their happiest self. (Happy girls are the prettiest, ya feel?)
When I’m not working my full-time doctor’s office job, I’m constantly trying to figure out ways I can better my life and better the lives of those around me. I’m eating real, less processed foods and slowly trying to transition to all natural products in general. I'm obsessed with trying out the latest food trends and whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen. And yes I’m that crazy person who looks forward to waking up at 5 AM to get in a good sweat. That being said, I still enjoy a glass (or three) of wine and there’s nothing that could come between me and donuts. If you’re still reading this, you’re a saint. And here’s hoping you enjoy my rants & ramblings.
Anything else you want to know? Just ask me :)