Welcome to Might as well Dance. I picked the name because sometimes life is a little crazy but you always need to have fun living it! I’m a big time food lover, health freak, Jesus lover, crossfitter, kindergarten teacher! My blog reflects all those aspects of my life. I blog about food, working out, kiddos, books, fun and life!
I am a 23 year old recent college grad and now am a Kindergarten teacher! I love the way that five and six year olds have the ability to completely melt my heart. The things they are able to do academically, socially and comically make my job worth it every single day! I have the absolute best family and boyfriend in the world. They support me in whatever I do. I was a pitcher in college at University of Houston. It is an expierence that shaped my entire life and I feel blessed to have been able to play.
My Food History
As a kid I was a rather picky kid. I ate alot of chicken strips and fast food. Growing up vegetables in my house consisted of corn and baked beans…if that tells you anything. I had always been tall which allowed me to eat pretty much whatever I wanted. I gained some weight as I aged and luckily my mom went on weight watchers when I was a sophmore in high school. I lost 10-15 lbs just being in the same house as her and finally was what I would consider pretty “thin”.
I left for college and ate whatever was convient. A lot of times that consisted of a ton of junk. I went to school at Oklahoma State my freshman year and was quite unhappy which caused me to keep weight off simply because I was stressed. I actually was the lightest I have ever been in my life while eating Braum’s milk shakes at least three times a week. I transfered to University of Houston where I was much happier and began to gain a little weight back.
Fast forward to my senior year in college. I lived with my brother who at the time was a big time lifter. He ate a lot healthier than the typical American and got me interested in ditching some of the things I thought I needed. I started caring more about the nutrients going into my body. As the months progressed the more interested I got in the food I was eating. I started eating what I “thought” was healthy. Things like: sprouted bread, peanut butter, A TON of fruit, beans and oatmeal, just to name a few.
I started doing a lot more research and realized everything I thought was good is not. I then shifted towards a Paleo approach. Paleo simply means that you eat: meat, fat, vegetables and fruit. This worked pretty well for me but I hated the rigidness (a real word?) of it. I continued to do more research and have ended up eating what I call a real food approach. Basically I eat unprocessed whole foods. My template is similar to paleo but there are a few other things that I feel are appropriate. I eat grass-fed or pastured meats and eggs at all possiblity, a TON of vegetables, good healthy fats such as butter, avocado, coconut and some nuts (gasp! fat is not making you fat) and a little fruit and treats. I have never felt better and kept my weight consistent effortlessly. I have realized that its not so much about weight but about health. I of course, want an attractive physique but care so much more about my long-term health. I want to be able to move and be productive not just while I’m young but my whole life!
I hope you enjoy reading about my rants and raves! If you ever have a question you can drop me a comment and I will be sure to get in touch. Have a blessed day!
Credit to Erik Williams