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Hi there – thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It’s still in its very early days, so I’m extra glad you’re here. I hope that you find some helpful tips and maybe try out new (and old) recipes with me as I’m adding them to the blog.

Cookbook_CouchFood has always been big in my life: my mom stayed home with us four kids and we enjoyed home cooked meals every day. She really laid the groundwork by making a variety of healthy meals throughout the week, and we helped in the kitchen whenever we got old enough. Later in high school I had cooking classes, and eventually I started a career in the restaurant and hotel industry. I love to eat, and I love to try new things and I now share that passion with my husband, who has become a really good cook over the years. Together we have two little food critics that both have very strong opinions on what they will or will not eat.Check out 5bitesforkids where I talk about some of the ways I’ve come up with on how to get my kids to try a variety of real, whole food.

My family doesn’t always eat perfectly healthy – but we strive to improve what’s on our plates every day. So I’m learning how to make healthy, clean eating easier for everyday people like us: we both work full time, have 2 little kids and a household to run. Maybe someday we have more free time and can grow our own produce and have some chickens, but until then I want to share with you how we make it work on a regular, crazy schedule.

If we can manage to cook 6 dinners a week from scratch along with 4 packed lunches a day, snacks and some breakfasts that go beyond the cereal bowl, then SO CAN YOU!

This blog is not supposed to make anyone feel like they’re doing it all wrong, or like they’re not doing enough – instead, what I want is for my readers to get some inspiration here and there on what they can add to their own repertoire of healthy habits.

5bites is more than just food though. Your body’s health is connected to your own unique constitution and body type, your current condition of health, your context (lifestyle, culture, diet) and your commitment, ability and attitude towards making positive changes.

I believe that all five levels of 5bites start with your attitude. You have to really believe in the changes in order for them to become one with you. Once you start acting on your beliefs rather than act on what someone else orders you to do, then it becomes your new normal.

Many years ago when I was working as a restaurant supervisor in a hotel, I had to write up an employee for the very first time. I thought for a long time how I would tell that person that what they did what was wrong. Would they care? Would they do it again? I don’t remember what the incident was or even what I told that person, but I remember what she said to me afterwards:

” Thank you for explaining it to me. I didn’t think I was causing any harm, but now that I know how it affected this other person, I understand. I was wrong.” This was huge for me! I was still so green in that position and to have done something so right was incredibly gratifying.

I remind myself of that situation a lot. Especially now that I’m going into the field of nutrition. What we choose to eat every day is a very personal issue. To tell someone that what they chose to eat was not a good decision, is a small invasion of their privacy.  Who are you to tell me what to eat? Who am I to say that what you’ve been eating for your whole life has not been the right choice? There’s going to be a very fine line between consulting and correcting.

I’m only a few months into my studies at Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition and although I’ve learned so much already, I still need to learn how to pass this knowledge on to others without offending anyone. I’m not sure if that’s even possible – isn’t somebody always offended?

Over the past few years I have experienced a shift in my attitude towards food, and now I see the clear and obvious connection between what we eat and how our bodies feel. It’s so simple and yet so complex at the same time. Maybe that’s why people are afraid to make the shift? Maybe we all know that fresh, healthy food is good for us, but just don’t know why. And because nobody ever explained it correctly, that’s why so many people just keep on with what they feel ok with, not knowing how it truly affects their body. Just like my former employee didn’t know why what she did was wrong until someone explained it to her correctly. And then a lightbulb switched on in her head.

I want to turn that lightbulb on in people’s heads.

And that is why I started this blog. I will try my best to explain the benefits of a clean, healthy diet in a way that is easy to understand, easy to follow, and easy to share with the people you care about. Be patient with me as I find my voice. This is a growing & learning blog for you just as much as it is for me.

So let’s get started!

Thank you
Ulla

October 27th, 2014

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