Hello and thanks for visiting Fresh And Simple! My name is Heidi and I’m a Registered Dietitian, breast cancer survivor and a wife and mom. My husband’s name is Paul but we call him PK. My son’s name is Mick. He’s 10 years old and my absolute joy – the wonderful surprise following my journey with breast cancer. He’s also one of the many reasons I’ve started this blog. I want Mick to know my thoughts about living well. About eating fresh food and all of the possibilities that exhist at the kitchen counter! I want him to know that our bodies were meant to move and breathe and that finding balance in life happens one healthy choice at a time. I want Mick to hear me speak of the many blessings in my life, so that he too will learn to look for and see the many gifts in his . . . . and I want him to discover how very connected all of these things are.
I also want to share with my family members, clients and friends. I’m passionate with my message of leaning into a plant-based diet. Of filling our plates with more fruits, vegetables, beans & legumes, whole grains and nuts and seeds. I’m not a vegetarian but I do believe the core of a healthy diet lies in the plant kingdom. I believe in choosing more local and seasonal foods when they’re available, because this is where the flavor is!
As a dietitian and a mother I’m deeply concerned with the health of our children and our communities. Childhood is the time we learn about food. How to plan and prepare food together and gather at the table for our meals. It’s when we learn of new flavors and textures and how to fill our plates. This is the time we discover our food preferences. So how might a child learn he loves squash if he never eats it? Very simply, I want our children to know there are choices beyond a burger, fries and a coke! That strawberries arrive in early summer and sweet potatoes are great for breakfast!
A few years ago, I attended one of Amanda Archibald’s Field to Plate Seminars (please see Blogroll for Amanda’s site). It was a powerful experience. Our very first assignment was to sit for a moment with paper and pencil and capture a food memory. I had so many come flooding in that I hardly knew which one to choose. They were all wonderful. Berry picking, mushroom hunting, clams on the grill, trips to Ethel’s Farm Stand or the smell of dill saturating my clothes after a day of making pickles. Driving home that day I realized how blessed I was as a child to be exposed to so many positive food adventures and flavors. The fun, creative and healthy relationship I have with food today is a result of my experiences as a child.
Later, as I had time to chew on this (yep-pun intended) it occured to me that inspiring meaningful food memories for our children is a powerful thing. And as adults, learning to create “new” food memories can absolutely change the way we eat. It’s a bit of a shift in thinking, but truly I believe that learning how to zest a lemon is exactly what it takes to enjoy the lifelong benefits of a great tasting healthy diet! My hope and vision as a dietitian is to use my training and knowledge to nudge people closer to the kitchen, toward peace with eating and food, and to build delicious and exciting food memories!
And for something a little more official . . . .
Heidi Kramer is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a B.S. in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science from Northern Illinois University. She is a Nutrition Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, and Author/Writer with over 20 years experience in public speaking and the healthcare industry.
Heidi is the Owner of Life Inspired Speaking where as a Nutrition Expert and Breast Cancer Survivor, she has inspired audiences of 10-10,000 with the message of hope and healing and achieving ones personal health best. Currently, she resides in Cary, Illinois where she meets clients for consultations, teaches weekly classes and facilitates her widely popular Inspired Living: A Healthy Weigh of Life programs.
Heidi is a Contributing Nutrition Writer for McHenry County Living Magazine where on a local level she is inspiring health and wellness in her own community. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association.
Heidi has always believed that creating balance and wellness in your life happens one healthy choice at a time!
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