On the cusp of a new year comes reflection. A good time to update a page about who the heck I am!

I’m like most women who want…

  • A healthy, energetic body, free of chronic disease and at a weight that’s ideal for me.
  • A healthy mind that allows me to feel confident, free and at peace.
  • A loving, healthy relationship which provides support and helps me grow into a better person.
  • A passion, calling, career or purpose that is meaningful and helps me feel fulfilled.

I’m a lifelong learner who loves to learn.

I love to learn how to live life more happily and effectively. I look for answers to:

How can we…

  • be the healthiest version of ourselves?
  • have highly functional, loving relationships?
  • deal with life, problems and decisions?
  • align our life with our values?
  • find our calling, purpose or passion?

I learn through reading, listening and watching. My favorite genre?

Non-fiction: Personal Development. Self-help. Nutrition and Health.

Reading research and expert’s opinions, as well as the personal experiences of others gives me knowledge about topics I love. I also get to learn about the different perspectives out there. Some people’s ideas fit precisely with mine. Others meld together with my own and become part of me. Some don’t fit at all or don’t feel right, so I ignore them. Aside from reading articles and books that enrich my understanding of who I am and what I want, I learn a lot from podcasts and videos too.

I learn through writing.

My favorite form of writing? Reflective Writing. It’s like journaling, but much more. It’s when you take a thought, idea or emotion and just start writing. It starts out as one thing, and then morphs into something else. As I write, I discover what I value, and I learn something. I learn more about me, and I learn about life.

I’s all about learning. No wonder I’m a teacher. I learn everyday. I reflect everyday.

Why “A Journey to Chew On”?

Life is a journey. A wild and exciting journey.

Each of us has a unique journey with its own start, and its own ups, downs and turns.

How we move through our journey is up to us. We decide.

Along the way, we make decisions about where to go, how to get there and whether to do a u-turn now and again. How we find our way comes from what we learn about life.

A Journey to Chew On is a place for me to vent, share and reflect. It’s a place where I can mull over life. It not only records parts of my own journey; it helps me determine the next turn or phase in my journey.

I started A Journey to Chew On in 2013, shortly after I began to focus my energies on healthy eating. That’s where the “Chew On” came from.

One of my main long-term goals is to live a healthy lifestyle. I keep working toward my version of success. I’m most grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained about plant-based nutrition.

I’m still not precisely where I want to be, but I continue to learn as much as I can to move toward achieving my health goals. My desire to learn and to achieve long-term health led me to an online course. In April, 2018, I completed the eCornell Plant-based Nutrition Certificate, which helped me better understand the science behind eating a whole foods, plant-based diet.


I continue to strive toward my health goals, but I’ve found there are so many other important aspects of life. From mental health, lifestyle and relationships to goal-setting and dealing with life’s challenges, I continue to “chew on” the many interesting parts of my own journey.

In the way I learn from others and grow into becoming a better version of me, I hope A Journey to Chew On will give you bits and pieces you can apply to your own life.

Your journey is unique and is part of who you are and who you’re becoming. Enjoy your journey of ups and downs, as they all lead to you.

Wishing you health and success on your journey,


Updated Jan. 27, 2019


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  1. Hey there Alison! You started following my blog so I wanted check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I can SO relate to the diet roller coaster!! I’m mostly off of it now, but every so often I jump back on for a ride and I don’t like it at all. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better. Celeste 🙂

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