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24 Tasty & Clean Meal Ideas

Hi Everybody!

I hope that you are all doing very well! It has been a long time since my last email and a lot has happened (which I will explain), but it is good to be here.

I’m excited to share with you about my new project, Tasty & Clean, but first, let me explain what has happened over the past 2 1/2 years!

In April of 2015, just days before I was expected to give birth to my daughter, my Dad died unexpectedly. On April 27, 2015, Kevin and I, along with our family, went to the hospital to say goodbye to my Dad. One week prior, my Dad collapsed in his driveway and was found by a neighbor. The paramedics were able to revive him but he suffered a pulmonary embolism and his brain had been deprived of oxygen long enough to leave him in a vegetative state. With heavy heavy hearts we said goodbye to my Poppa Rossi.

Just 3 hours after my Dad passed, my water broke! Perhaps it was the extreme wailing followed by paralyzing sorrow or maybe it was the enormous chocolate eclair that I stress-ate upon leaving the hospital. Nevertheless, Kevin and I left one hospital and were on our way to another to welcome our new baby into the world. A little more than 24 hours later my sweet baby girl, Elsie made her way into the world. Elsie is beautiful, intelligent, funny and loves to eat! I just know that my Dad would have adored her.

The weeks and months following Elsie’s birth and my Dad’s death were long, sad and extremely stressful. Part of this long and dark journey of grieving included going through very serious Postpartum Depression (which is a story for another day).

However, the story does not end there. Last June, a little over one year from the anniversary of my Dad’s passing, my Step-father, Charlie, had a massive heart attack during a routine stent procedure. Charlie’s heart was “stunned” and was not functioning on its own. The cardiologists prepared us for the very real possibility of losing Charlie. This was unthinkable. Unimaginable. What?! How could we lose both my Dad AND Charlie?! No way. Miraculously, Charlie had a 100% recovery, he was back home within 5 days and continues to do very well to this day!

All of this to say that for quite some time I did not have the desire to cook – or eat or do much of anything. Yet, one day at a time, Jesus healed me. Against the odds, and with medical supervision, I slowly weaned off all medications for depression and anxiety. I began exercising and cooking and feeling like myself again! No longer in a zombie-robot-sub-humanoid state, the passion to cook, photograph and create nutrition resources resurfaced. I am truly so thankful for all that God has done for me. He is outrageously good!

So, 8 years after writing my first blog post and 10 years of working as a Registered Dietitian, I have decided to take my patients advice, “just tell me what to eat!”…I’m taking it one step further, I’m going to show you what to eat. I’ve started an Instagram account called @tastyandcleanideas which is a collection of meal ideas using fresh and naturally colorful ingredients. Here you will find breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas designed to inspire you to create your own tasty and clean meals!

Have a look around and let me know what you think. I look forward to seeing you there!

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