Hi – I’m Tonia, a dedicated low carb foodie, who dreams of food every single day.
Thanks for stopping by!
I’m seriously not kidding about dreaming of food. If I’m not in the kitchen creating something, I’m thinking about the next dish or researching recipes. While sleeping, I have dreams involving food too! In fact, yesterday morning my husband woke me up and I told him I needed to sleep a little longer because I was dreaming about pickles. Yes, pickles!
I initially started a food blog called Basil & Oregano, after many years of dreaming about it. The more I got into it, the more I wanted to make some crucial life changes…and so I did.
I moved from being a full-time software marketing professional to freelance marketing. This significant change has given me far more flexibility and control over my daily life.
Next, I met with doctors and dieticians to take control over my wellness and fitness. In doing so, I significantly changed my relationship with food and my relationship with myself. I still dream of food all the time, but now I dream about different kinds of food, creating new recipes and low carb meals, as well as how to make traditional dishes low carb friendly. I love the challenge of creating mouth-watering, low carb dishes that are easy to make and easy on the budget. In the process, I’ve lost about 50 lbs so far and so, I made the decision to launch this site, I Dream of Food, to share low carb and lower saturated fat recipes I’m creating and eating, as well as the many resources I’ve stumbled upon.
Losing a small human isn’t the only upside to this change. I feel so much better. My mind is more relaxed and clear, I’m more flexible and energetic, I feel strong, I’m in a better mood, my skin is bright, and I have far fewer aches and pains. On top of that, I feel better about how I look in the mirror, and I enjoy shopping for clothes and shoes again. I’ve also learned living low carb isn’t about sacrifice and deprivation. It’s a life choice that’s incredibly easy to maintain with all the resources we have now.
It needs to be said that a low carb lifestyle and a desire to lose fat, requires proper hydration. I aim to drink 96-ounces of non-caffeinated, calorie-free fluids every day. I drink a lot of hot and cold herbal teas and Zero Vitamin Water, among other things. I cannot stress enough how important this is if you want to lose weight. Trust me, you will be amazed! Why? The body functions best when it has all the nutrients it needs, right? You wouldn’t drive a car without oil and gas, right? More on the subject of water in an upcoming post I’m writing. Stay tuned!
A little more about me…
As I mentioned, my previous life was as a marketing professional for software companies, big and small, and in almost every discipline of marketing. Now I freelance when I’m not too busy. Basically, I help other people and companies build and/or execute their marketing plans so they may be more successful in their endeavors. Otherwise, I spend a great deal of my day creating new recipes to share here on I Dream of Food.
I’m an Amazon and Costco junkie and I love to buy in bulk when I find a great deal. I can get almost anything I want on Amazon and so I guess it’s easy to feel addicted to it. I shop local when I can, but part of living in a small town is sacrificing the depth and breadth a city may offer.
This is my wonderful husband, Jim. He really does deserve the Nobel prize for peace. Why? He has put up with my craziness for years and has never lost his cool. Isn’t he handsome? 😉
What’s Jim’s role in this big blog adventure, you ask? He does a little of everything, actually. He loves food as much as I do, so he’s the food critic around here and he’s not shy about throwing new ideas out on what the next recipe should be. In addition to being my
sous chef fetcher of all things on the top shelf, he helps with dishes and herding of cats. Occasionally, when he’s in the mood, he’ll help with some of the technical and quality assurance stuff on the blog too. Therefore, if you find a typo, blame it on Jim! 🙂
Here’s the rest of my lovely, little family.
I usually have way more help in the kitchen than I actually need.
Can’t leave out Deborah! Deborah is my sister and best friend. Sisters by Chance, Friends by Choice. Here she is petting the horses. She loves animals as much as I do!
Our dream coming out of college was to go experience the world, and, early on, our professional life provided an excellent opportunity to travel the world and live abroad as expats. That experience changed our lives forever. It’s incredible how much this kind of experience can change a person’s view of the world. I highly recommend it if you are ever given a chance to live somewhere else for a while. What do they say about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes? Well, perhaps that is a bit of an overstatement, but the experience does give one an entirely different perspective. Fear of the unknown comes to mind. It’s an unconscious physiological response related to fight or flight. Some say (much) hate stems from fear and ignorance. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.” Just something to ponder. I choose not to hate and to better understand that which I fear or am ignorant about.
Jim and I love to travel, and our travels always center on food first. Is that normal?
We are definitely water people—We love being near it, on it, in it and everything about it. I wish I had a view of it from my kitchen, but alas, I don’t.
I hope you enjoy this site and have an opportunity to try some of the recipes here, which I add to regularly. Requests are encouraged, so feel free to send me a note. I will always do my best to oblige, as long as I can make it low carb and it’s still delicious! I love a good challenge! Do you have a recipe you absolutely love, but you’re struggling to make it low carb and delicious? I would love to join in and help. It’ll be fun!
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