Hi, I’m Madalyn, creator and author of Off the Beeten Plate! Here, you’ll find recipes for eating clean and achieving a healthy lifestyle. Through my journey dealing with food sensitivities and health challenges, I’ve learned a thing or two about using simple ingredients to make meals exciting again. I don’t believe that you have to follow one diet to feel great — that’s too stressful! It begins with natural and wholesome foods that work for your body. After years of restrictive dieting, I’ve found a balanced way to think about food. Read about clean eating.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND ON THE BLOG…
You’ll see easy, healthy recipes made with whole ingredients that are accessible (they may already be in your fridge!). I like to make food in a way that’s spontaneous because cooking should be easy enough to do everyday. Since I’ve spent years dabbling in various diets to combat my digestive issues (read “My Health Journey”, below), I have a lot of healthy tips! I cook primarily with Paleo-based ingredients and low-FODMAP foods, but I don’t gear my recipes towards one diet. For those of you who struggle with “finding the right diet”, deal with food sensitivities or are just trying to feel your best, I hope these recipes will be helpful, comforting, and above all, inspirational to you.
My recipes showcase fresh, unprocessed, whole foods, making them naturally simple to make. I encourage you to tweak these recipes just the way you like it. I’m sure my plate will look different than your plate because it’s about what makes your body feel good. I’ll focus on recipes that are clean, so you can feel good about finishing your plate!
Click here to learn more about clean eating.
MY HEALTH JOURNEY…
In 2012, I started to notice severe food sensitivities and since then, I’ve learned a lot. Looking back I can confidently say that stress was the number one factor effecting my relationship with food and my health. Within four years, I was laid off from my job, lost both of my parents and had several physical injuries due to sports. In hindsight, it’s no wonder I developed severe food sensitivities, a bacterial imbalance (SIBO), struggled with anemia, IBS and leaky gut! It took me years to mend my body and mind.
Growing up in an Italian family and having a mother that cooked every day, I can easily identify as a foodie. During the time I was suffering the most, it was hard to see the foods that I once loved turn into “bad” foods. Eating resulted to pain and suffering rather than enjoyment. Luckily, I turned to holistic guidance after years of countless blood tests and visiting conventional doctors. My healing really started when I began meeting with a health and wellness coach, Karen Hunter at Pharmacy to Farmacy. She educated me on how food can act as medicine, and how to take care of my mind, body and spirit as a whole. In a way, I learned to love food again. This is when I began to play with whole ingredients and discovered the wonderful recipes I could make with them.
So needless to say, I’ve learned a whole lot about nutrition and am ready to cook healthy recipes with you! Sharing food is a powerful way to inspire others to be healthy. So thank you for reading, cooking and helping me spread delicious, healthy food!
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How I learned to cook…
Since I’m Italian, I would like to think my skills in the kitchen are genetic, but I have to give all the credit to my mom. I watched her cook from scratch. Every. Single. Day. Throughout high school, my brown lunch bags were filled with homemade goodies. My parents are the ones that taught me to aspire to be all that I want to be — creative, healthy and happy. Though they’ve both passed, they left me with a full heart, the best memories and a big life lesson: Don’t let life pass you by, do what you love and love fully.
So, I cook.
A little more about me…
Once, my dad called me a Renaissance woman. I’d like to think that’s true. I watercolor, I play the flute and got a BA in Art History. I’ve fenced, I speak a little German and Italian, and I love horseback riding.
I’m married to a wonderful man named Clint who encourages me every step of the way, and who thinks I’m the greatest cook (I couldn’t ask for more!). We live in San Mateo, CA with our sassy cat, Zoey. I feel fortunate to live close to my sister-friends, my older sister, Katie, and my twin sister, Lauren. I love reminiscing about my childhood with these two.
When I’m not cooking or blogging, I’m teaching Tae Bo® as a fitness instructor, horseback riding, traveling and wine tasting with my husband, training Zoey to sit and scheduling my next workout on Class Pass.