“What we eat contributes to our mental, emotional and physical health as well as our relationship to disease and the maintenance of body functions.”
I had the opportunity to gain some valuable health insight with Founder of The Health Dish – Barbara Decker, a nutritionist & fitness specialist. I wanted to share her story through an interview on her love of creating recipes centered around whole, natural, nutrient-dense foods that are delicious yet enjoyable to eat.
“I chose the name ‘The Health Dish’ because I wanted to emphasize and feature dishes that are healthy, nutrient dense and contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. From a young age I was interested in fitness and nutrition and I realized very quickly that the times in my life I was happiest was when I was healthiest. I learned that eating right and exercising not only improves your physical wellness but also your emotional and psychological well being. In college I studied nutrition and dietetics classes and developed an understanding of the science behind nutrition and the effects food has on all aspects of our lives. I made a commitment to strive for a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life and to teach my children to do the same.
Eating whole foods and minimally processed food provides our bodies with fiber, essential nutrients, vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals that can protect against diseases and improve immune systems. Whole, natural foods also have fewer calories than processed and manufactured foods so it is easier for people to maintain a healthy weight when eating mostly whole foods.
Preservatives and additives in processed foods like trans fats, sugar and major amounts of salt can wreak havoc on our bodies so it is important to eat these sparingly.
After receiving my fitness and nutrition certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine I wanted to start a website as a resource page for my future clients. As I started developing recipes, taking food photographs and blogging about nutrition, I realized how passionate I was about helping others achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle. I decided to make the blog public and share my passion with everyone. My inspiration for spreading my message about healthy eating comes from real life examples of people I know who have improved their lives drastically by improving their diets and lifestyle choices. It has been a personal project I have been working on and hope to make it a professional pursuit.
The blog is a reflection of my philosophy on healthy eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I include recipes that I would feel good about feeding my family.
We don’t follow a particular diet but we strive to eat mostly whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and other nutrient dense foods. We also avoid coffee, alcohol and drugs.
As a certified nutrition and fitness specialist, I hope to provide accurate nutrition information and provide recipes that help people get excited about eating healthy. I know many are concerned that it might be too expensive, take too much time or isn’t practical with their family to eat healthy so I wanted to provide recipes that are easy, creative, cost effective and can appeal to the whole family. I hope to motivate people to make eating healthy a life-long pursuit and an achievable goal.” – Barbara Decker, The Health Dish.