HELLO & WELCOME. I’M BRANDICE.
If you have arrived at this blog searching for a place of balance in your health and fitness while pursuing an excellent life, free from worry and perfectionistic anxieties- you are in the right place. I am so happy to meet you! No doubt we will become quick friends, as we have a lot in common.
My mission at A Joyful Plate is to help others find joy and freedom in their lives by breaking free from unhealthy habits and patterns of thinking. Along the way, I hope to share some simple tools and tips to make the journey easier. We’ll find plenty of laughs together along with some great food and enjoyable exercise.
My mess has become my message. At the age of 14 I began my first diet and what followed was 15 years of food obsession and eating disordered behavior. Thanks be to God that He had better plans for me!
Professionally I work as a Blogger, Nutrition Coach, Life Coach and Personal Trainer. I see a few clients in person but most of my connections are online, all over the world. While the majority of clients come to me for help with what they eat, that’s really just the beginning. It turns out that how we interact with food can teach us a lot about how we interact with ourselves, with those around us, and with our Creator. I believe that there is always something new to learn and that is what makes this journey so exciting!
You can read more about my journey in the post, Our Family Story: How two became three.
WHAT THIS WEBSITE IS ALL ABOUT
As you make your way around the blog there are a few things that I would like to familiarize you with. These are the core values of each and every post, whether they are mentioned or not.
While being fit and healthy IS a priority of mine and at the crux of this blog, you won’t find restrictive diets or banning of food groups here. I believe that all foods were created to be good and to be received with thankfulness; no one food is inherently “good” or “bad”. In my opinion, aside from medically necessary diets, learning to eat mostly nourishing foods most of the time is far more healthy that trying to eat a “perfect” diet only to live in a state of stress and deprivation.
So many of our pursuits are in the name of finding happiness. Our health and fitness are no different. The quest for a smaller jean size or a faster race time appeal because of the perceived joy and feelings of success they will bring us. But happiness is so much more than an external accomplishment. Someone could achieve all of their goals and check off every last item on their bucket list and yet remain unfulfilled and unhappy.
Here we focus on finding happiness through reliance on our faith, tuning up our self-talk, making over our mindset, and taking good care of our bodies through great nutrition, recipes, and exercise.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.
Inner beauty that never fades. When our hearts are full of love, our minds are filled with peace, and our bodies are well cared for, we can’t help but shine bright. As we pursue health and wholeness our journey overflows and our message touches the lives of those around us. This is the MEANING and PURPOSE of it all.
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Before you head any further, please take a moment to read my legal disclaimer. In short, I am not providing you with medical advice; I use copyrighted Bible references, and you will see affiliate links placed in posts. All standard stuff but it is important that you know.
- Certified Personal Trainer, National Association of Sports Medicine
- Fitness Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Corrective Exercise Specialist, National Association of Sports Medicine
- Pre and Post Natal Exercise Certification, American Council on Exercise
- Precision Nutrition, Level One Certified
- Nutritional Therapy Consultant, Nutritional Therapy Association