Hello and welcome! I’m Renée, your fiercely independent and change-craving hostess to this part of the web. I hope you’ll come to see me as an energetically resilient and optimistic girl. I created this food blog after recently announcing two personal achievements to friends and family: over the course of two years I finished up my fourth degree (bachelor of science in nursing) and I also lost over 100 pounds. A lot of people asked how I did it and it really has been a journey of small steps but the biggest change I wish I had made sooner was cutting out all the processed food I used to eat. It has been a long process and it’s one that is not yet finished but it’s definitely at a point where I’m happy about the food I eat.
The picture on the left is me at my heaviest. While shopping for dresses for my best friend’s wedding I knew I had a problem and I needed to make some changes. The picture on the right is the silly selfie I took in April 2014 when I received my degree.
It took me about a year to break my bad habits and over the last year I’ve focused on creating new habits. My tastes have changed drastically and a big part of that is that I belong to an awesome CSA which delivers fruits and veggies from local California organic farms (If you’re a Los Angeles local I recommend checking out the awesome folks at Summerland). Getting a produce box delivered and filled with a seasonal harvest has introduced me to dozens of delicious foods that I never would have dared to pick up at the grocery store and I am incredibly grateful to live in a part of the country that gives me this access.
This blog is a catalog of what I eat now and I hope it is an encouragement for others to be proactive in their own health and wellness as opposed to living a reactive approach. If you would like to use a recipe or photo from happy food bites on your own website, please do! When using a photo or recipe from this site, please also include a link to the specific blog post as well as the home page. Example: I found this recipe for Chili lime chicken tacos with roasted pineapple at happy food bites.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a day of happiness and health!
Experience is the only source of knowledge.