Hello and welcome to my blog! Thank you for your interest in my blog and taking a peak into what I am truly passionate about- whole & real foods and living well! I am so thrilled you’ve stopped by and please do shoot me a message, I love to chat and would love to get to know all of you!
My name is Samantha Manero and I am in my second year of the Masters in Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University with the end goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. I am an avid coffee and tea drinker, CrossFitter, lover of painting, knitting, yoga, and outdoor enthusiast. I adore flowers and big sweaters, and absolutely love to cook! Over the course of the past few years and through a complicated journey with my relationship with food, my body, and self-worth, I have come to realize that nutrition is my passion. I began college with the desire to help people, eventually finding that my dream career involves helping people to feel their best through education and the practice of healthy eating. Over the past year I have developed, first, an Instagram account, then a blog, initially called Rose in the Kitchen, where I share meals that I create. At first, I enjoyed making the food look pretty and taking an artistic photo but eventually, it grew into a forum showing that it is easy to make simple, beautiful, and healthy meals that taste good! Increasing my knowledge about foods and spices and their effects on the body became my hobby and once I began implementing the things I learned about into my own life and diet, I began to understand the effects that proper nutrition has on the spirit and mind; I began to glow, from the inside out. I hope to share the glow, promoting fitness, positivity, self-care, and well-being!
I created a blog after the new year because I knew I wanted this year to be totally different, I wanted to change my outlook on so many aspects of my life. I decided 2015 was the year I was going to become completely and totally happy, blissfully happy. I have always struggled with body image, skewed attitudes toward food, and binge eating for years. 2014 was the worst of it and it has been getting better since but it is still something I deal with each day. Before, I had been counting calories, eating nutrient-poor foods, feeling bloated and deprived, and hating every second of it. I would scrupulously plan every single morsel I put in my mouth, only to binge eat at night because I felt so deprived. The binge eating then lead to obsessively going to the gym as soon as I woke up or even twice a day to get rid of all of the extra calories I had ingested. I was sad and ashamed, in a really bad mental place.
I read The Body Book by Cameron Diaz and it completely shifted the attitudes I had toward food. I felt so in control, so enlightened, after reading her wonderful book. A few months later I discovered my passion for cooking and for creating deliciously simple, beautiful, & nourishing meals! I began an instagram account and fell in love with the community of foodies and people who care so much about each other even though we are connected through the internet. Fast forward a few months, one amazing book, a great counselor, and some really inspirational people on social media- I felt amazing. As my instagram grew, I discovered more and more about myself. It has been a wonderful way to have support from people going through the same things as well as a way to hold myself accountable for my growth and to remain positive about myself. I began to feel better than I ever had. My binges reduced significantly, although I still faced some issues and continue to struggle a bit. I began to love my body, to realize that my view of myself was skewed and inaccurate. I realized I am my biggest critic and I need to be kinder to myself, because this is the only body I have and will ever have. Now I go to the gym because I love to and I enjoy challenging my body and improving my health, not because I feel like I have to or I need to burn off the calories I ingested.
This whole journey I have gone through and am still working through has shown me that there is truly a silver lining to every situation, never give up because giving up is not an option. Through all of this I have discovered that I aspire to be a Registered Dietitian. This blog will be an outlet for me to share recipes, post about my favorite nutrition inspirations and accounts on Instagram, and post about my life and life in general. Oh how beautiful it is, this wonderful, amazing, scary journey life is, and I am still really in the beginning.