This is the story of a girl who loves food.
My name is Rachel and I’m a 23-year-old reporter living in Sioux Falls, SD. I created Biggest Food Junkie in order to share my love of cooking, eating, and living a healthy lifestyle with the world!
My love affair with food began at birth and only escalated throughout my childhood. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with “good genes” in the weight department. I was never the type of kid who could eat pasta, cookies, and ice cream without consequences. I was a chubby kid.
Luckily, I was actively involved in Dance Team in high school, and have been ever since.
I’ll never forget being called “the fat girl” in elementary school, and being told I would most likely weigh 200 pounds by the time I was 18 by one of my friends.
My eating habits were at their worst throughout high school. My diet consisted of mainly Flaming Hot Cheetos, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwiches. But I wasn’t just eating junk. I’ve always loved good home cooking. My Mom is basically the queen of casseroles, and I could whip up the best Kraft Mac n’ Cheese in town by the time I was six-years-old.
These poor habits of mine ultimately earned me the title of “Biggest Food Junkie” in my high school senior yearbook. I totally crushed the competition.
My poor eating habits continued in college. I even corrupted my freshman year roommate by exposing her to hot cheetos and frozen pizza rolls for the first time in her life.
I was inspired to make the change to healthy living and eating when my boyfriend, Mike and I started dating towards the end of my freshman year of college.
The first year of our relationship, I dropped 20 pounds, got serious about working out, and started experimenting with healthy recipes. He never pressured me to do any of it. I don’t think he even realized I was out of shape. But his attitude toward fitness opened up a whole new world for me.
Four years later, I’m the one reminding him to eat healthy and workout more.
So, am I a fitness expert today? By no means. Has my love for junk food faded away? Never. I think it’s important to treat yourself and never write off specific foods or food groups. I think my appreciation for food is stronger than ever, and I feel much better.