Hi, there! Welcome. My name is Edie. I’m the petite blonde behind the blog, Wellness with Edie.
I’ve found that time has this mysterious way of catching up to us when we least expect it. Like the last 10 years. It seems like just yesterday that my parents were dropping me off outside of my college dorm room. I fought back tears as I waved them goodbye. Since then, a lot as happened (as one would expect). I’ll tell you a bit about that below.
But before I dive into why I started this blog and my thoughts on health and wellness, let’s turn back the clock roughly 27 years ago. I come from a family of five. They’re my people; my heart outside of my body, if you will. I grew up in a part of California that–unbeknownst to my childhood years–cultivated a very supportive and opportunistic upbringing. It wasn’t without its challenges, but that is life. Truthfully though, life was good from the very beginning. I loved my childhood. As did my siblings. We’d tell you that those were some of the best days. They felt long and seemingly endless. We swam and biked and laughed and cried and won and lost and loved and hurt and it was all a part of growing up.
That said, it was as if I woke up one morning and suddenly I was 18. And then 22. I graduated from the University of Denver with a blank page staring back at me. Luckily, the next chapter started writing itself without delay. I stayed in Denver, and I am eternally grateful I did. My post-grad years ebbed and flowed, but I eventually found my cadence. I did my best to simply trust the process because that’s all we can really do, right? A college degree, a steady job at a tech start-up in Denver, and a Finnish husband later, the Rocky Mountains are where I belong. And while my full-time gig takes up most of my time, I also help out a growing snack food company based out of Sun Valley, Idaho, helping run operations and copyedit content for them. I’ve run the gamut in terms of jobs: magazine publishing, health and fitness, startups, and retail. That said, my most recent endeavor involves becoming a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
So, why did I start this blog? I want to chronicle my thoughts on health and wellness. I also want to share travel / life experiences. However, I am acutely aware that there’s already a lot of food-related information out there. Instagram and Snapchat are a haven for the latest food trends, and unfortunately, too much social media can lead to unhealthy thoughts and eating behaviors. Been there, done that. You won't find me posting every day (or every week for that matter) on social media. I don't have a Snapchat anymore, and I don't post on Facebook that often. I'm trying to slowly detox from social media, and I want to invite you to do the same. While I will, of course, post here, I'm using this space in lieu of other social media outlets. Does that mean I'll have less people reading Wellness with Edie? Probably. But that's okay.
Here's the thing, if you Google carrots, someone will inform you that they’re too high in sugar, but someone else will tell you they’re a great source of beta-carotene. It’s confusing. I know. At the end of the day, food is food, and what we choose to eat is a very personal preference. However, eating foods derived from chemicals and hi-fructose corn syrup vs. those dug up from the soil are two very different things. From what I've learned at IIN thus far, I've come to the conclusion that bio-individuality is at the essence of nutrition. What does this mean? It means that we are not the same. As Joshua Rosenthal would say, "One person’s food is another person’s poison." Just because some else is eating gluten-free bread, putting medicinal mushrooms into their smoothies (yes, this is a thing), and doesn’t eat animal protein, you don’t need to follow suit. It’s my hope to give you a mostly bi-partisan look into health and wellness, but at the end of the day, do what’s best for YOUR body.
Also, holistic well-being is multifaceted—there are a lot of moving parts. While the food you eat is important, so are your relationships, your career, your spirituality, your exercise routine, and your relaxation time. Think about it, eating intuitively is just as important as creating intuitive relationships, having an intuitive spiritual practice, and cultivating an intuitive exercise regime. And lastly, your body has an incredible ability to heal itself, you just need to know how to nourish it. There is nothing esoteric about it. Food is medicine. Rest is medicine. Happiness is medicine.