Coming from the Ukraine, I had a very different perspective about food and fitness. Food was always about family, friends and laughs. Fitness was walking to every destination. To school. To get groceries. To get to town.

Upon arrival to the United States, this idea of lifestyle began to change dramatically. More readily accessible transportation took the place of walking. Large portions and starchy sugars became everyday meals.

I want to get back to simpler roots. Lifestyle should be enjoyed to the fullest and in the most unapologetic ways. My journey is about having an open mind and finding a balance in food, fitness and lifestyle.