Hi!Hi there! I’m Jenny, also known as The Healthified Mom. I am a busy-body mother of two boys, unless you also want to count my husband, two dogs, one cat, and husband (we all know they can be kids too!), then I’m a mother of six. Welcome to my corner of the kitchen!

I grew up the only child of a divorced family. I spent a lot of time at my Grandmother’s farm where I learned to love (and hate) cooking. I remember countless summers of slaving over a hot stove while my cousins (boys, of course) were out in the field with my Dad and Uncle. But since I was a girl, and because my Grandmother was traditional, I had to help cook. At the time, it was a nuisance, but now I think of it as a blessing. The time I spent with her then means so much to me now.

Unexpected Surprises
One marriage and one child later, I found myself almost 45 pounds overweight. I decided to count calories and incorporate a daily exercise routine. I lost roughly 40 pounds in about 6 months, but with a 1200 calorie diet, I felt as though I starved myself throughout the weight loss.

Just when I thought my journey was ending – surprise! Here comes baby number two. Even though I didn’t crave boxes cases of donut holes this time around, I still had excess weight after the pregnancy. When my youngest son turned two, I was still 40 pounds overweight, and climbing. I decided it was time for a change, but this time would be different.

Mmm.. Twinkies
I began reading weight loss books, not for their exercise techniques (In fact, I skipped those sections. I’m a slacker.), but rather for the nutrition information. I learned a lot about what to eat, when to eat, and why breakfast is important.

Did you know that when your stomach growls, you’ve waited too long to eat? I was one of those people who thought it was better to hear your stomach growl. I thought it meant my body was burning calories because there was no food in my stomach. I was wrong. What really happens is that your insulin has scraped up every last bit of glucose in your bloodstream and now your body needs more glucose to keep on chugging. This is when most of us reach for some Twinkies, but just remember.. the first thing you eat after a rumbling tummy will be stored as fat (after all, your body is freaking out!) so why not pick something a little healthier?

Becoming a Better Cook
So after all the reading, I began cooking more often and much healthier. I started taking old family favorite recipes – you know, the ones loaded with butter, sugar, the good stuff – and making “healthified” versions. And do you know what I found out? These “healthified” versions tasted just as good! And I’ve lost 35 pounds in the process.

So I kept cooking. And thinking, I’m always thinking. How can I share this with others? I know people want to lose weight without feeling like they’re on a diet.

You found me. So now you know what I decided to do. I’m glad you’re here and I hope we can enjoy some delicious food together!

The Healthified Mom

5 Responses to About Me

  1. Heather says:

    I can relate to your story even though I don’t have kids or have spent time on a farm. I grew up in a household with my parents, grandparents, brother an aunt and uncle and things were screwed up to say the least. So… of course I turned to food and put on over 100lbs!!! I started to lose weight when I was 23 and now I’m 30 well, until I turn 31 next friday. Thankfully I’ve lost 100lbs but I need to lose another 25, but that is easier said than done. I’m married and my husband loves anything that’s not healthy and so I have a tough time. I’m always on a quest to find “healthified” foods that we both will love. What a happy accident I came across your site. Thanks for taking the time!
    Sincerely Yours,
    Heather

    • Jenny says:

      My goodness, Heather! It sounds like you had a house-full. I can only imagine what you must have went through. Good for you for losing 100 pounds! That is such a huge achievement.

      My husband also eats whatever (and whenever) he wants; I feel your pain. Luckily though, he recently started lifting weights and eating right so it has made my life a little easier. I hope he sticks with it!

      I’m so glad you found my site and I hope you and your husband can benefit from some of the recipes I have here! They may not ALL be healthy (I add some treats every now and then), but most of them will be. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. :)

  2. Allerielle says:

    I had the opposite experience. My mother was single and 17 when she had me. She worked as a waitress, often that meant doubles. When she dragged herself in the door at night, spending even 15 more minutes on her feet in the kitchen to make a meal was not going to happen.

    While I was pregnant with my first child at 30, I told my husband we needed to start eating healthier. I want to set a good example for our daughter. He agreed. Unfortunately, we just never got around to changing our habits very much. I realized tonight after I refused to share what I was eating with my daughter that this was a problem. If I didn’t want her to eat it, why was I?

    I’ve copied a ton of your recipes. What I like is that you seem to make small changes, rather than drastic, which is easier to incorporate and stick too for sure.

    Anyway, thanks for doing this. I can’t wait to try the Mexican Soup with Jalepeno Dumplings!

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Allerielle. I can completely understand what you’re saying. I definitely do not expect my children to eat something that I would not eat. :)

      I do try to make subtle changes in my recipes. A lot of times, just switching to a lower calorie or low fat version of an ingredient makes a huge difference.

      I hope you enjoy the recipes and please let me know what you think of them! :)

  3. Larisa says:

    Hi Jenny: thank you for sharing your story and providing great tips and ideas how to keep family meals healthy and manageable. I can relate to your story so much – since the weight loss quest is not the final goal in itself for us, moms… My piece of mind is when the family has a healthy food available at all times with the best combination of nutritional value. I am at the same quest and only picking up new habits – how to cook only at home, utilize a slow cooker and freeze too. I managed to come to a point when take-outs, processed food has no place in our kitchen anymore. Your recipes and tips are a great addition and I will keep following your experiences. Always thinking – that’s teh great way to solve any problem, and healthifying the food to fuel those bodies for great things – is a good one to solve! Thank you

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