A Lentil Bit About Me

Welcome to Crunchy Veggie Mama dot com!

I am Berry grateful you’ve happened to Turnip here! 

I’m Crunchy Veggie Mama by day, and, well, I’m also Crunchy Veggie Mama by night, because let’s face it, parenthood is a 24 hour job.

However, those who don’t call me “Mama” call me Stephanie!
(But you can feel free to call me anything you want as long as it’s not “late for dinner.” 😉 )

Crunchy Veggie Mama and her son, River

I’m a Plant-Powered Mama on a Mission to Motivate & Inspire you so you too can live the Happy, Healthy, Holistic (veggie-riffIc) life of your dreams!

I’m the mother of a daughter who lives in my heart (Quinn) who was stillborn at 38 weeks gestation in October of 2015 (physically represented in our lives by our Molly Bear), of a son who’s here in my arms (River) who was born in December of 2016, and of a three year old, female, rescued pitbull mix named Penny. 

Family

I’m also a Peanut Butter addict, a Coconut Oil enthusiast, & I fall hopelessly head-over-heels in love with every dog I see. (Do you believe in love at first sight, or do I have to walk my Jack Russell by again?) 😉

(I actually love dogs so much that in addition to momming & blogging, I am a pet sitter with Rover dot com!)

Here at Crunchy Veggie Mama, I believe in being open & authentic, laughing a lot and connecting with others through our shared life experiences.

*I’m passionate about helping people live the Happy, Healthy, Holistic life of their dreams!

My personal mantra is:

“Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls” –Joseph Campbell


What’s my story and why did I choose to create Crunchy Veggie Mama dot com?

Well, it’s actually been an interesting adventure that started back in 2011…

On the drive home after enduring the most mortifying moment of my life, and experiencing a warranted wake-up call (I tell the tale here), I decided that I never wanted to feel the way I was feeling, for another minute, ever again.

I had previously been living in denial, but the reality was that I was a size 22, & weighed 265 pounds.

What’s my story and why did I choose to create Crunchy Veggie Mama dot com? Well, it’s actually been an interesting adventure that started back in 2011... On the drive home after enduring the most mortifying moment of my life, and experiencing a warranted wake-up call (I tell the tale here), I decided that I never wanted to feel the way I was feeling, for another minute, ever again. I had previously been living in denial, but the reality was that I was a size 22, weighed 265 pounds & I was embarrassed & exhausted from faking a smile & from experiencing daily: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, gastrointestinal distress, IBS, inflammation & joint pain, chronic fatigue, headaches, migraines & more... (picture?) I was tired of pretending that everything was okay, because it wasn’t. So, I stayed up all night. (If I was starting, I was starting immediately!) I cleaned everything out of my cabinets. (And I mean, everything!) I searched & scoured the internet for resources for how to improve my health. I googled “proper serving sizes,” “how to figure out your daily recommended calories,” and for “the most nutritionally dense foods.” (All things I knew next to nothing about) I downloaded the app “my fitness pal” to my phone. (For accountability partners and to track & count my calories) I bought two books and I started following & signed-up for multiple blog newsletters... All in one evening. And three years later, after reading multiple books & many blogs, with the the support of the community within the “my fitness pal app” and after a lot of eating and exercise experimentation, I had lost 110 pounds, reversed every one of my mounting heath concerns, and had gained a wealth of weight loss, healthy eating and natural living knowledge. (picture?) Every time I found-out a bit of information that i found helpful, I needed to know more. I had made a carefully calculated lifestyle change, and that’s why it worked! I became my friend’s and family’s “go to” for inspiration and advice. I even eventually found myself working at a local health food store! It felt so amazing to be sharing my story and to be inspiring and motivating to so many! More and more people started saying to me that I should “start a blog!” I loved the idea of having a collection of my own recipes and remedies as a resource for everyone asking me how I changed my life and how they too could change thei’s. (I even bought a domain name & web hosting!) But the week I zipped my “goal jeans,” I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Quinn, & all of my free time & focus shifted to learning how to have a healthy, organic, natural pregnancy and birth. So I decided to put the blog on the backburner and that I would resume once she was here. However, it wasn’t to be quite yet, as Quinn was stillborn at 38 weeks, and shortly after, I found myself drowning in a sea of grief. Fast forward to now, and I’m at a healthy point with my grief, I’ve had my rainbow baby, River, I have a year of parenting him under my belt and I’ve became not only my friend’s and family’s go to for weight loss advice but for crunchy & natural parenting advice as well! So I decided to create Crunchy Veggie Mama dot com, a collection of and community where I can share my weightloss, babyloss, parenting after loss & natural parenting (experiences), where I can chronicle my continued growth, where we can connect with one another, and where you can be inspired with ways to live the happy, healthy, holistic life of your dreams! Want to know more? Check out my FAQ page. Want to work with me? See my Work With Me Page for ways we can work together or simply send me some mail via Stephanie@crunchyveggiemama.com I’m very grapeful you stopped by, Thanks for reading. xoxo  Before  Before Picture Two

I was embarrassed & exhausted from faking a smile & from experiencing daily: 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Gastrointestinal distress

  • IBS

  • Inflammation & Joint pain

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • & more…

I was tired of pretending that everything was okay, because it wasn’t.

So, I stayed up all night.
(If I was starting, I was starting immediately!)
I cleaned everything out of my cabinets.
(And I mean, everything!)
I searched & scoured the internet for resources for how to improve my health.
I googled “proper serving sizes,” “how to figure out your daily recommended calories,” and for “the most nutritionally dense foods.”
(All things I knew next to nothing about.)
I downloaded the app “my fitness pal” to my phone. (For accountability partners and to track & count my calories.)
I bought two books and I started following & signed-up for multiple blog newsletters…

All in one evening!

And three years later, after reading multiple books & many blogs, with the the support of the community within the “myfitnesspal app” and after a lot of eating and exercise experimentation, I had lost 110 pounds, reversed every one of my mounting heath concerns, and had gained a wealth of weight loss, healthy eating and natural living knowledge.

Transformation Photo

Every time I found-out a bit of information that I found helpful, I needed to know more.

I had made a carefully calculated lifestyle change, and that’s why it worked!

I became my friend’s and family’s “go to” for inspiration and advice. I even eventually found myself working at a local health food store!

It felt so amazing to be sharing my story and to be inspiring and motivating to so many!

More and more people started saying to me that I should “start a blog!” I loved the idea of having a collection of my own recipes and remedies as a resource for everyone asking me how I changed my life and how they too could change their’s. (I even bought a domain name & web hosting!) But the week I zipped my “goal jeans,” I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Quinn, & all of my free time & focus shifted to learning how to have a healthy, organic, natural pregnancy and birth. So I decided to put the blog on the backburner and that I would resume once she was here. However, it wasn’t to be quite yet, as Quinn was stillborn at 38 weeks, and shortly after,  I found myself drowning in a sea of grief.

Fast forward to now, and I’m at a healthy point with my grief, I’ve had my rainbow baby, River, I have a year of parenting him under my belt and I’ve became not only my friend’s and family’s go to for weight loss advice but for crunchy & natural parenting advice as well!

Farmers Market Smiles

So I decided to create Crunchy Veggie Mama dot com, a collection of and community where I can share my weight-loss, babyloss, parenting after loss & natural parenting experiences, where I can chronicle my continued growth, where we can connect with one another, and where you can be inspired with ways to live the Happy, Healthy, Holistic life of your dreams!


Want to read the whole story of my Weight Loss Wake-Up call? Click Here.

Want to know more about me? Check out my FAQ page.

Want to work with me? See my Work With Me Page for ways or ideas for how we can work together,

or simply send me some mail via Stephanie@crunchyveggiemama.com


I’m very grapeful you stopped by,

Thanks for reading.

Peas & Love,

~Stephanie

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