Welcome, to the tastiest and healthiest adventure yet….The Taste Bunny 🙂
I’m Sheila Williams, food photographer & lifestyle blogger in Fort Worth, Texas. Also, a Mama of 4 kiddos and Wife to the most supportive Husband. The motivation behind The Taste Bunny, is this insane passion for eating food that is healthy and full of flavor. I also love helping people that are wanting to adapt a lifestyle change, but don’t know where to begin or how to maintain. Over time, I have found that creating balance and building a better relationship with food is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
Before I begin this adventure with you guys, I want to share my wellness journey. When I had my daughter in 2011, I was extremely motivated to lose weight and have more energy as a new Mama. I started with a goal to lose 20lbs and eat smaller portions. I walked around the neighborhood, then worked my way up to Pilates and jogging. The weight started to come off and it motivated to me to keep going. Over the course of 2 years I lost 40lbs and had more energy than ever. Not only did my weight drop, but so did my Cholesterol and BMI. Over time, it became less about the number on the scale and more about the numbers that represented my Health.
For the next 5 years, I maintained my health with balance and exercise. All was good! Or so I thought. In 2015 I experienced my 1st health issue. I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen that radiated towards my back. After seeing a Doctor & several tests later, they found tiny gallstones in my gallbladder and inflammation in my stomach lining (gastritis). It was a 50/50 chance the gallstones were causing my stomach inflammation. I chose to have my gallbladder removed. The pain did go away, but bloating and discomfort slowly became a daily symptom after eating.
I tried avoiding the foods that were causing discomfort and bloat to heal my gut. I started with a bland diet for 2 weeks, temporarily quit coffee, started Yoga, then slowly reintroduced certain foods back in. The process of elimination is the best way to find out which foods cause symptoms. It took a year to learn my body again.
I incorporated more of a dairy free lifestyle since dairy is harder to digest. I still have real cheese every now & then, but for the most part I go without. I also reduced the amount of carbs (gluten) I eat in a day. When eating less gluten, I experienced less bloat. It’s been a long journey of learning what works for my body. Luckily these days, there are so options for those with food intolerances or lifestyles. Grocery stores, bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants now offer a variety of Organic / Vegan / Vegetarian / Dairy Free / Gluten-Free food.
Dining out has always been my favorite way to gather with friends and family. Living in Texas, the food scene is just as large as the state! The saying goes “everything is bigger in Texas” and that is not an understatement. We are home of “Texas Sized” portions and an array of fried and fatty foods. It can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, if you love to dine out as much as I do.
Here at The Taste Bunny, I share simple recipes and healthier dining options around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I love exploring cities for restaurants that use organic ingredients, humanely raised meats & options for different lifestyles like Vegan/ Gluten Free. I am here to show you that you can eat nourishing foods at home, while dining out and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Balance is the key!
If you read all of this, THANK YOU! I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Make sure to follow @thetastebunny on Instagram, to keep up with all of my adventures 🙂