Welcome! I’m Nicole and this is my blog, Simply Nicole. I work full-time in marketing and have my bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in communication. Keep reading for a little bit about my background.
My love/hate relationship with food began during my junior year of high school. My parents finalized their divorce and my mom, her new boyfriend, my sister and I moved out of my childhood home and into a new place. I was the new girl in a new school in a new town. I didn’t have too many friends and used food for comfort. Wawa Italian hoagies for dinner were my favorite. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, but didn’t know much about nutrition to make any significant changes. Because of financial reasons, we were forced to move back to Philadelphia with my grand-mom. I was attending a suburban public school while living in the city. People soon found out and I was mortified.
Let’s fast forward until sophomore and junior years of college. My mom passed away in May 2007 from brain cancer (during my freshman year at community college) and I needed to get away from everything. I got accepted into my number one school and moved into an apartment on campus in August. I didn’t know how to deal everything I was going through, so I didn’t. I used many defense mechanisms (which I later learned about as a psychology major), such as denial and emotional reasoning, in order to avoid dealing with the loss of my mom.
I started eating terrible “food” in replace of healthy food. My weapon of choice: aspartame. I had that stuff in everything. My diet sodas, yogurts, frozen dinners all were loaded with the sweetener. I managed to live off of highly caffeinated coffee drinks, low-calorie versions of regular food items and frozen diet dinners. I thought that by loading up on energy bars as a replacement for a healthy lunch and eating so called “diet” foods, that they were better for me. My stomach did not react well to all the chemicals and rice cakes I was putting into my body!
During my senior year of college I really started getting into nutrition, healthier food options, and writing my blog. I also met Bry! After reading so many inspiring blogs, I realized that healthy fats were good for me in moderation and eating a bagel every so often wasn’t going to make me overweight. Some of my favorite foods include cottage cheese & fruit, whole grain pasta, full fat Greek yogurt, and protein shakes!
After graduating with my master’s degree in August of 2011, I decided that I would go out for a run for some much needed exercise. Since then have I run a few 5Ks and have fallen in love with running! Currently, I am running in preparation for my first half marathon and practicing yoga.