I’m a Midwestern gal in love with getting creative in the kitchen, and I happen to have a few unconventional views on health. While I'm a little bit of a science nerd with a background in Dietetics and Nursing, I'm also very into what you might call the woo-woo or more alternative facets of health.
The word, healthy, has become such a complicated word. But I believe that being healthy really comes down to this simple idea: Are you spending your time and treating yourself in ways that make you feel good?
As a result of asking myself this question over the years (+ often realizing the answer was no!), I've made some big shifts in my life. One of those shifts has been in the way that I eat. I've discovered so much more joy in cooking, eating, and sharing meals with loved ones because of this one simple question.
So on Nourish with Nik, you'll find recipes and meal plans with lots of delicious veggies, but also plenty of chocolate. I am all about foods that taste incredible AND leave you feeling good. So here's to nourishing our whole selves— I'm so glad you're here!
In my opinion, health is not an end goal or a destination. It's not restriction or perfection. It's not eating one specific way or going to the gym every day. And it's not having abs or being able to run a marathon. Health is taking care of all aspects of who we are– our bodies, minds, and spirits. Health is letting go of who we think we are “supposed” to be so that we can become our most fulfilled, authentic, vibrant selves.
Being up north, tucked away from the rest of the world is where I feel most alive. Where I feel most connected with the earth, my creativity, and what matters most in this life. Kayaking, hiking, walking, and simply being outside are some of my favorite things. Chances are, you can find me any time of the year walking the trails behind our home – even if it's 10 degrees outside with a foot of snow on the ground. I truly cannnot pick a favorite season + love 'em all!
I first laid eyes on my husband in fourth grade. Fast forward to age 15, when he asked me to be his girlfriend, and then age 26 when we tied the knot. He is my best friend, my partner, and the love of my life. I learn so much from him every day and count my lucky stars that I get to experience life by his side.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Dietetics, a B.S. in Life Sciences Communication, and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. Then, I got my B.S. in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta and worked as a registered nurse for a few years. Looking back, a traditional educational or career path was never in the cards for me. But I love learning + consider myself a forever student.
When I was 15, my high school foods teacher encouraged me to join a competitive culinary team, but before then I was THE world’s pickiest eater (my diet was buttered noodles, chicken nuggets, + sprite lol). Now, I’ll eat juuust about anything, and creating beautiful, delicious food is one of my favorite things in the world. I believe food connects people + connects us to the earth, and cooking has become such a fun creative outlet in my life.
When I was 20 I had a spinal fusion for scoliosis. Two titanium rods run the length of my thoracic spine + are held in place by 17 screws. Scoliosis has shaped my life in many ways, especially as a former gymnast + competitive cheerleader. I'm grateful for all that it has taught me and continues to teach me today.
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