Meet AnnaLee, Choice Fare Co-founder

wpid-2988104778491-1.jpgMost of my life I have eaten what I wanted when I wanted to eat it. Don’t get me wrong, I have always liked to eat healthy food and had an interest in cooking and nutrition, but I also developed a nasty sugar habit along the way. Oh yes, my favorite food of all time was (still is) cereal. I could eat cereal for every meal of the day and never ever get sick of it.

I had my first wakeup call when I was pregnant with my daughter. I developed gestational diabetes. I’m a nurse and I knew what complications could occur because of this disease. Once I wrapped my head around the diagnosis, I did the best I could to control my blood sugar through diet, for my baby’s sake. I counted every single carb, food journaled, and checked my blood glucose several times a day. I actually felt really good on a carb-controlled diet, much better than any other time in my pregnancy. I went on to have a healthy, normal weight baby girl. Of course, I then almost immediately ate a slice of chocolate cake in the delivery room!

I began my serious journey to health a couple of years ago. I realized I couldn’t just eat whatever I wanted without consequence. I had gained about 30 pounds in a year, I was tired all the time, and I was depressed. It was not uncommon for me to have hypoglycemic episodes and I was concerned about developing Type 2 diabetes. I was so fatigued that I had a sleep study done to see if I had sleep apnea. I took up running and I was able to lose some weight, but was still fatigued and was suffering some seriously nagging and painful tendonitis.

I had so far resisted changing my diet because I always felt I didn’t have the willpower to follow through. I could do it when I was pregnant because it was for my baby. But eating right just for me? For my own sake? It felt like an impossible feat. I tried a few diets, even went gluten free for a while, but always fell back to old habits. I felt like a failure.

Then, in the summer of 2012, I was challenged to do a Whole30 nutritional reset with some friends. I agreed and was excited to do it, but in the back of my mind, I was skeptical. However, after just a few days something clicked! This was how I was supposed to be eating! My
tendonitis was much improved, I was losing weight, and my energy was coming back. I never felt deprived because the food was so good. The best part was that I finally felt in control again. My food cravings were totally eliminated. My taste buds woke up and the taste of real food seemed amplified somehow. I have since done a second Whole30 and have happily settled into the Paleo way of eating.

My journey is not finished, and I still have a lot to learn, but I have made some pretty awesome food along the way! I am here at Choice Fare to share that goodness with you! Real food made from wholesome, nourishing ingredients.

AnnaLee DeRuiter

Choice Fare co-founder


2 thoughts on “Meet AnnaLee, Choice Fare Co-founder

  1. Andrea says:

    AnnaLee, I’m excited that you’re starting this food blog to share stories and recipes. I’ve watched your journey for a while now, and it’s inspiring. You give me hope for my own ability to make changes in diet and exercise. Thanks!

  2. AnnaLee D. says:

    Thanks for visiting Andrea! I want people to be able to see that eating healthy real food is something that everyone can do, and it doesn’t have to be hard! I love all of the food I have been cooking and I could go on and on about the benefits I have seen.

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